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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Menorca Channel Announces Its New Association

Francisco "Siscu" Pons helped create the bilingual (Spanish-English) website for the Menorca Channel Swimming Association together with a group of other experienced Menorca Channel swimmers and enthusiasts.

"We welcome you to our Menorca Channel Swimming Association official website. Here you can see the history of all swimmers who have managed to cross in either direction from the coast of Menorca to the coast of Mallorca. This association is governed under strict F.I.N.A. rules. It's been created to help those athletes who want to make the crossing with all the technical and administrative safeguards.

In a decision that many channel swimming association have had to wrestle with, the Menorca Channel Swimming Association decided to accepted as official all documented swims prior to 2012, the year that the Association was created.

The officers of the Association include President Margarita Llorens Bagur, Honorary President and International Representative Miquel Suñer Comalat, Vice President Antonio Huguet Arguimbau, Secretary Francisco Pons Pons, Treasurer Guillermo Bosch Marqués, and the PR Director Sofia Moll Benejam.

​ Pons continues, "The Menorca Channel is one of the voyages of long distance - 37 km approximately in unknown open water with a north wind, jellyfish and sea currents. At present only 8 swimmers worldwide have achieved this feat between the Balearic islands of Menorca and Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea."

1. Kendall Mellor in October 1968 in 16 hours 18 minutes
2. Montserrat Tresserras on 16 July 1969 in 21 hours 7 minutes
3. Dellys Beynon on 18 July 1971 in 16 hours 9 minutes
4. Kevin Murphy on 8 October 1972 in 15 hours 41 minutes
5. Miquel Suñer Comalat on 19 July 2009 in 12 hours 19 minutes
6. Selina Moreno Pasagali on 3 July 2010 in 18 hours 20 minutes
7. Teresa Planas in September 2011 in 12 hours 18 minutes seconds
8. Margarita Llorens Bagur on 10 July 2012 in 12 hours 23 minutes

The new bilingual website is here at www.menorcachannelswimming.com.

Kayaker and guide Siscu Pons is shown above escorting Margarita Llorens Bagur.

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