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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Big Day Out On The Ocean (Pacific Division)

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Today is a big day on the world's oceans.

In the Pacific Ocean, Craig Lenning together with an all-star support crew including Vito Bialla, Patrick Horn, and David Holscher of the Night Train Swimmers and Jamie Patrick and Evan Morrison started at the Farallon Islands, and if everything goes to schedule, will swim under the Golden Gate Bridge 27 nautical miles away well before 10 pm tonight (California time).

In the Atlantic Ocean, Theodore Yach and Martin Goodman left the beach at Llandudno bound for Robben Island at 7 am local time. The duo are raising money for charity while attempting to complete an unprecedented 27 km swim in the icy Atlantic Ocean.

Holscher said of today's conditions out in the Pacific west of the Golden Gate Bridge, "Things are looking good. It is never perfect [out here], but this should be as close as it gets. The forecasts predict a northwest wind 8 to 12 knots, sunny with a mixed swell west northwest 6 feet at 15 seconds and south southwest 1 feet at 15 seconds. Wind waves around 1 feet. As night approaches, the northwest winds increase around 13 knots, clear with mixed swells."

Bialla has arranged for NBC's television crews to cover Lenning's anticipated crossing under the Golden Gate Bridge estimated to be sometime this evening. Before the crew took off, Bialla made the following prediction, "Jump at 6 am, after 12 hours of swimming Craig will have an additional 4 hours of flood as a buffer. 13 hours seems to be the magic number. I think that schedule works."

And if you want to witness a historical success, follow Lenning's progress here on the Night Train Swimmer's website

Lenning is one of the world's most unheralded but toughest endurance athletes, but the Farallon Islands may be one of his most difficult tasks yet.

The personable Colorado resident is entirely capable of dealing with cold water temperatures, but not since 1967 has a solo crossing from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay been accomplished. There have been several attempts, some tantalizingly close, but no successes over the past 47 years.

The Farallon Islands to the California mainland is mano-a-mano at its best. It is Mother Nature versus man. There is arguably no endurance event more difficult on Planet Earth: unclothed against some of the most savage elements mankind is willing to endure. But Lenning is ready to step up to the plate with Vito Bialla at the helm and an experienced crew of the Farallon Islands Swimming Association at the ready.

Lenning has successfully tackled the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland, the Tsugaru Channel in Japan, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel in California, the Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida, done a double-crossing of Lake Tahoe, done an Ice Mile, and participated in the unprecedented 6-day Bering Strait Swim, the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. If there is any human on Planet Earth ready and capable to take on and successfully complete a Farallon Islands crossing, it is most certainly Lenning.

Cold water is not a singular problem. He can handle the rough water and endure adverse currents. Marine life is present and understood. His crew is the most experienced possible. But the combination of cold water (possibly sub-10ºC in spots), the notorious Potato Patch, the Great White Sharks, vicious tidal flows, blinding fog, and a wind-whipped Pacific Ocean can beat even the most prepared.

47 years in the making. 47 years waiting in the wings. 47 years for history to be replicated. Stay tuned.

Follow Lenning's progress here.

The Farallon Islands, or Farallones from the Spanish farallón meaning "pillar" or "sea cliff", are a group of desolate islands in the Gulf of the Farallones off the coast of San Francisco, California. They are only occasionally visible from the mainland on clear days. Solo swims and relays to and from the Farallon Islands are governed by the Farallon Islands Swimming Association.

The result of Theodore Yach and Martin Goodman's swim is here. An update from Lenning's swim nearing the halfway point is here.

Additional articles on Craig Lenning and his Farallon Islands swim are posted below:

* Craig Lenning Has The Right Stuff After 47 Years
* Gotta Good Feeling About The Farallons
* 4.4 nm To Go For Craig Lenning
* So Far, So Good For Craig Lenning
* Craig Lenning's 15 Hours 46 Minutes Ends 47-Year Hiatus
* When Technology Meets Channel Swimming
* Evans, Erikson And Lenning - Three With The Right Stuff

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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