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Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Evolutionary Digitalization Of Open Water Swimming
The pen water swimming community is rapidly and dramatically heading from paper and pen to laptops and the cloud.
The digital comprehensive Observer Report by Evan Morrison that describes Craig Lenning's swim from the Farallon Islands to Muir Beach on the California mainland this week is evidence of this tectonic shift in the sport.
Throughout the 20th century, the vast majority of open water swims from the English Channel to the Molokai Channel, from the Great North Swim to the Cole Classic were described and recorded through the eyes of race directors and volunteers using the ol' fashioned pen and paper. Occasionally, a swim was filmed and archived from the Daily Mail and the Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swims in the English Channel to the aQuellé Midmar Mile with quadcopters, but more or less, pen and paper were used to document channel swims, marathon swims, ice swims and open water swims around the world.
But the ability to record swimmers via handheld devices, upload swim courses in real time, and track water temperature and other information has dramatically changed the landscape in the open water swimming community. With the relatively low cost and ease-of-use of technology, the digital documentation and archiving of solo swims, relays, and competitions of all types is only becoming much more comprehensive, but can also be shared and viewed globally easily and inexpensively (if not freely).
Morrison's latest digital Observer's Report of Lenning's swim is a shining example of that documentation - and shift in sharing the minutiae of the sport. He has set the standard for others to follow in not only the marathon swimming community (see here), but also the entire open water swimming community from mass open water swims to solo stage swims.
The Morrison Report presents a vast amount of information. While the text report is descriptive and standard, it is the incorporation of videos and real-time data of the swim that presents a treasure trove of information for not only the contemporary swimming community, but also for future generations of swimmers, historians, and media.
* Name: Craig Lenning
* Age: 34
* Nationality: USA
* Hometown: Denver, Colorado
* Route Description: South Farallon Island to Muir Beach, Calif.
* Body of Water: Gulf of the Farallones, Pacific Ocean
* Straight-Line Distance: 25.7 statute miles
* Date: April 8, 2014
* Start: 6:02 am
* Finish: 9:49 pm
* Elapsed: 15 hr 47 min 22 sec
* Sanctioning Organization: Farallon Islands Swimming Federation (FISF)
* Route Details, Start: Offshore buoy in Fisherman Bay (37.702350 N, -123.001933 W)
* Finish: Muir Beach near mouth of Redwood Creek (37.859258 N, -122.576069 W)
* Route plan changed mid-swim from original destination of Golden Gate Bridge.
* Support Personnel: Pilot (Vito Bialla), Co-Pilot (Patrick Horn), Vessel (Sequel of Belvedere, Calif.), Crew Chief (Jamie Patrick), Navigator (David Holscher), Observer (Evan Morrison of Marathon Swimmers Federation and Santa Barbara C.S.A.)
* Rules & Conduct: Equipment Used: MSF Standard. Craig wore a single silicone cap, opting not to avail himself of a neoprene cap as allowed by FISF. Rules Followed: MSF Standard, with FISF local exception of starting at offshore buoy due to regulations prohibiting access to island. * Feeding: every 30 minutes from the boat. Carbo Pro flavored with Cytomax and a splash of apple juice. Delivered with optional bottle of plain warm water. Occasional UCAN, ibuprofen, and Tums.
* GPS Tracks: Recorded with Garmin Fenix 2, worn by observer.
* Weather, Conditions, & Tides: Information included Beaufort Wind Force: 1.5 - 2.5, Wind Speed: 1-3 kt (min) -- 8-10 kt (max), Water Temperature: 54°F - 57°F, Air Temperature: 50°F - 57°F, Swells: NW 4-5 ft, moderating to 2-3 ft in late afternoon, Skies: Fog (start) to partial sun to fog (finish)
* Astronomy: Sunrise: 0644 Sunset: 1938, Twilight: 0513 (astronomical), 0546 (nautical), 0617 (civil), Twilight: 2109 (astronomical), 2037 (nautical), 2005 (civil), Length of Day: 12h54m, Length of Visible Light: 13h47m, Moon: waxing gibbous (63%)
* Observer Narrative Report (see here)
* Raw Logs (see here and below)
* Photos & Video (see below and more here)
* Buoy Data from NOAA Buoy 46026 (17.8 miles W of Ocean Beach) and NOAA Buoy 46237 (SF Bar, 6 miles SW of Pt Bonita) (see here with data covering time (GMT); wind speed (m/s); wind gust (m/s), wave height (m), dominant wave period (sec), average wave period (sec), dominant wave direction, air temp (C), water temp (°C)
* Water Temp Data from NOAA Buoy 46214 (24.5 miles W of Pt Reyes) shown on left
Lenning's data presented above is the copyrighted material of the Marathon Swimming Federation.
While the Marathon Swimming Federation motto is "For those who aspire to swim the world's great bodies of water with just a swimsuit, cap, and goggles," Morrison has created something larger and more comprehensive, something virtual and concrete at the same time, and potentially long-lasting for his peers and swimming fans around the world. In addition to a swimsuit, cap and goggles, a laptop, real-time information, an Internet connection, handheld mobile devices, and a whole lot of ingenuity and effort, he has pieced together a new standard for Observer's Reports.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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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