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Anthony McCarley Taking It To Another Level

Anthony McCarley is from Berwyn, Pennsylvania who is one-third the way to his goal of achieving the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. After a 13 hour 29 minute crossing of the English Channel in 2013, he has his sights on completing a circumnavigation around Manhattan Island on June 28th and a Catalina Channel crossing 3 weeks later on July 19th.

The 54-year-old Half Century Club member has done competitive swims like the 8-mile Boston Light Swim, the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim (shown on left), the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, the 12.5-mile Swim Around Key West, and the 24.3 km Cape Circumnavigation Challenge around Cape May as well as completed an unprecedented triple-crossing channel swim between St. Thomas and St. John in the Caribbean Sea.

A humble, hardworking individual, McCarley was pleasantly surprised when he received the O’Clee Jubilee Award for the oldest person to swim English Channel under the auspices of the Channel Swimming Association in 2013.

"For me, this is so amazing. The CSA has a perpetual trophy for it, so my name is on there with Doc Counsilman, Michael Read, Otto Thaning, Bob West and a bunch of others – how cool is that?"

We asked the seasoned business executive a series of questions about his open water swimming goals:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What has driven you to attempt the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming?
Anthony McCarley: From the time I was little boy, I had a burning desire to swim the English Channel. When I decided to put an action plan in place, the goal wasn’t about swimming or being in shape. I was singularly focused on the English Channel. It took me longer to do it that I ever thought possible, but the journey got me addicted to the sport of marathonsSwimming. Everyone is so supportive of each other. It is a great community. While masters swimming is nice, open water swimmers, and marathon swimmers in particular, take it to the next level. Through my swim travels and the Marathon Swimmers Forum, I feel as I have friends around the world that I would never otherwise have. I have also found that the swimming brings me joy – it is a connection to nature that I had lost in my life. I like to think I am swimming because of a relatively healthy addiction.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you have any particular strategy in tackling this goal - physical, mental or logistical?
Anthony McCarley: MIMS and Catalina are exactly three weeks apart, so I am approaching them as one 50 mile swim broken in the middle by three weeks. Physically, I will need to swim within myself – forget that MIMS is a race. During swims when I find myself going too fast or working too hard, I say to myself, “Let it go” and I relax. The “it” can be another swimmer, or any self-inflicted pressure. I plan to say “Let it go” a lot to myself over those three weeks. On the mental front, I accepted a long time ago that I am not a particularly good swimmer and along my journey I learned that even the best swimmers suffer from “dark” moments. When I hit my “dark” moments, I remind myself that even the best go through them and that really helps. Logistically, I think we’re in pretty good shape for Catalina, because Dan Simonelli has really taken me under his wing. I admit I am still learning about the logistics around MIMS.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What worries you most about each of the swims?
Anthony McCarley: My biggest worry regarding MIMS is finding the right speed – fast enough to make the turn while holding enough in reserve that I am not emptied at the end. For Catalina I am concerned about hitting the coldest water at the end of the swim, when I am at my weakest.

I am also worried about all the things I don’t know yet about the swims – I still have a lot to learn and I don’t know what I don’t know.


Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you feel 50 (years old)?
Anthony McCarley: I am 54, and 50 seems so long ago. I am not sure how 54 is supposed to feel other than what I am experiencing. I do know because of marathon swimming, I am stronger, more limber and in better shape than I was a 44. Particularly because I am a father of young children, being in shape brings more joy to other parts of my life.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you manage training with your professional and family responsibilities?
Anthony McCarley: It is really hard - I am never in as good of shape as I would like to be. As important as swimming is to me, family, friends and business come in front of it. I don’t work out as I think most swimmers do. Instead of swimming several times a week, I might only go to the pool two or three times a week. But on the days that I go, I try to swim sets between 10,000 - 15,000 meters. I believe longer swims are more valuable than a series of shorter swims and swimming this way saves on driving time, changing time and locker room chitchat time. I do try to do something every day towards the goal. It might only be learning something, doing dryland work or sitting in a tub of cold water, but for me it is important to do something every day to remind me of my goal.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do people at work know of your challenge? If so, what do you think about it?
Anthony McCarley: If they think I am nuts, they haven’t told me. We have a pretty active group – mountain climber, kite-boarder, etc., so I think everyone is pretty enthusiastic about my swimming. There are a lot of characteristics of marathon swimmers that are valuable to business.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you maintain your enthusiasm? Do you ever find gearing up for training is a challenge?
Anthony McCarley: Training motivation is never an issue for me when I have a goal. I know that many, many things can and do go wrong in marathon swimming. The better shape I am in, the better the odds are of me being able to deal with those things. My first English Channel attempt ended a half mile from shore. Swimmers who are much better than I am, like Ron Collins, took two attempts at Catalina. Most of the swimmers didn’t finish MIMS last year. I know the odds of me completing both of these swims three weeks apart are tiny, probably less than 20%. I am scared out of my mind. That is all the motivation I need.

I maintain enthusiasm by picking goals that I don’t know I can accomplish – like swimming your Triple Crown in less than 12 months
.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you have a pair of favorite goggles, swim cap or swimsuit?
Anthony McCarley: I have a funny shaped nose, so most goggles don’t work for me and I can’t see without glasses…which made finding corrective goggles that fit impossible. Through the Marathon Swimmers Forum I learned about TYR’s corrective goggles. These goggles are by far my most important piece of equipment.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Who are on your escort boats as crew for each of the swims?
Anthony McCarley: I have one friend who has been with me for Tampa Bay, Boston Light, and both English Channel swims. And another friend, who is my old abalone diving buddy, was there for both English Channel swims. A sister and a niece were both there for the successful English Channel swim. All four will be on the Catalina swim. MIMS limits you to two crew and we’re still sorting through who the two will be.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: When you touch the other shore, what are the thoughts and impressions that first flood your brain?
Anthony McCarley: For most of my longer swims, I get a deep emotional wave of accomplishment rolling through me – it almost feels physical. When I finished the English Channel swim, the driver of dingy was focused on getting back to the boat so quickly that all I could think about was trying to find my pebble before he poured me into the dingy. I didn’t experience the wave of accomplishment until I was back on the boat...with my pebble. In January, I did three laps between St. John and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This was the first swim under the Marathon Swimmers Federation rules and, whether these rules or someone else’s become widely accepted, I believe having a clearly articulated set of rules is an important step in the growth of the sport. It felt really good finishing that swim because I felt as if I contributed to the sport and community I have come to care so much about.

English Channel Swim - 14 August 2013 from Anthony McCarley on Vimeo.

English Channel Swim - 14 August 2013 from Anthony McCarley on Vimeo.

St John - St Thomas Triple Crossing Swim 2014 - Third Leg from Anthony McCarley on Vimeo.

St John - St Thomas Triple Swim 2014 - First Leg from Anthony McCarley on Vimeo.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."


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