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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It Was A Mad, Mad Swim Across The Mozambique Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

They did it!

They never knew where they would land in Madagascar, but they finally landed after 24 days out in the Mozambique Channel, the treacherous waterway between Mozambique and Madagascar.

Beginning on February 28th with a small crew, South Africans Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot swam every day and finally finished on March 24th after swimming 458.7 km in 155 hours total.

It was an unprecedented charity stage swim from Mozambique to Madagascar (stage swim details are posted below).

Williams and Proudfoot are true daredevils who set out on a mind-boggling adventure on the Eastern African Front like the explorers of old. Stroke by stroke, kilometer by kilometer, day by day, the South African duo accomplished their goal with David de Villiers as their escort pilot, Damien Schumann as their photographer and social media manager, and Dr. Daphne Lyell as their team physician.

They had to utilize all their courage, tenacity, physiological talents, and psychological mettle to cross the Mozambique Channel. Logistically difficult, financially expensive, geographically inviting, and inherently risky, the unprecedented crossing tested Williams and Proudfoot in unique ways where danger was present during every single moment of their journey.

"They battled hectic current," wrote Schumann. "On day 3, they were trying to get through worst part of the challenge, strongest current close to Mozambique coast. At times 3.5 to 4 knots of current that had them swimming 1 kilometer forward and 3 kilometers sideways. It really tested the skipper's navigation skills as he tried to keep them on straight line."

Williams and Proudfoot planned to swim a minimum of 20 km per day, and they ended up swimming an average of 19.12 km daily. They stopped every night and started back up again the following morning. “The currents were a major factor. The period over the summer solstice is so we aimed to be half way by March 20th,” explain the two members of the Cape Town Masters Swimming Club and Vineyard Rondebosch Swimming Club. At every level, their planning was nearly spot on and a tribute to their team including David Grier, an extreme athlete who paddled across the Mozambique Channel in 2010.

Like many swimmers in tropical marine environments, they encountered an occasional shark and abundant marine life, some large, some small, some aggressive, some venomous. “Sharks are an obvious concern, but we didn't use a shark cage.” They even met a Madagascar Patrol vessel that came across them as a suspiciously slow-moving vessel. "After a short boarding, they wished [us] well."

It never got easier and, in fact, their last day was the toughest. With counter currents, they were forced to swim 7 hours to do the last 8.2 miles to Cap st Andre on Madagascar.

The stage swim results:

Day 1 - February 28th: 9.67 km @ 3.22 kph
Day 2 - March 1st: 39.12 km @ 6.52 kph
Day 3 - March 2nd: 22.16 km @ 3.69 kph
Day 4 - March 3rd: 18.18 km @ 3.03 kph
Day 5 - March 4th: 14.43 km @ 2.31 kph
Day 6 - March 5th: 10.14 km @ 1.69 kph
Day 7 - March 6th: 11.26 km @ 1.88 kph
Day 8 - March 7th: 18.48 km @ 2.77 kph
Day 9 - March 8th: 20.17 km @ 2.77 kph
Day 10 - March 9th: 17.33 km @ 2.34 kph
Day 11 - March 10th: 13.78 km @ 2.12 kph
Day 12 - March 11th: 10.88 km @ 2.21 kph
Day 13 - March 12th: 24.89 km @ 3.32 kph
Day 14 - March 13th: 29.26 km @ 4.18 kph
Day 15 - March 14th: 11.80 km @ 2.62 kph
Day 16 - March 15th: 24.00 km @ 3.16 kph
Day 17 - March 16th: 26.82 km @ 3.58 kph
Day 18 - March 17th: 24.05 km @ 3.24 kph
Day 19 - March 18th: 23.47 km @ 3.09 kph
Day 20 - March 19th: 20.81 km @ 2.97 kph
Day 21 - March 20th: 24.53 km @ 3.42 kph
Day 22 - March 21st: 10.69 km @ 1.73 kph
Day 23 - March 22nd: 17.44 km @ 2.75 kph
Day 24 - March 23rd: 15.40 km @ 2.17 kph





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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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