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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pretty In Pink, Simon Holliday Completes The Clean Cross

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Today, Simon Holliday's 35 km Clean Cross Swim from Hong Kong to Macau across the Pearl River Delta was a success at many levels.

Firstly, he raised over HK$250,000 to support Ocean Recovery Alliance and its Grate Art project.

Secondly, he safely finished the crossing in record time, 10 hours 20 minutes 30 seconds to beat the existing record of 10 hours 43 minutes by Zhang Jian in 2005.

Thirdly, he swam with escort pink and white dolphins for over an hour during the crossing.

"Today was one of the most amazing days ever," said Doug Woodring of Ocean Recovery Alliance.

"You would not have believed the 30+ pink dolphins swimming around Simon for more than an hour. He completed the Clean Cross Swim and his escort paddler Shu Pu was the first solo paddler in an outrigger to cross the delta. Thanks to the dolphins for their big support."

As Holliday stood on Tai O, Lantau Island in Hong Kong, he knew the swim could be done. The 35-year-old had put in the training, he had put in time to finalize the logistics, he had gathered an experienced support crew and pilot, the conditions were nearly perfect to execute upon the navigational plans in place.

While he visualized success to become only the second person to swim from Hong Kong to Macau, it was still a long way to swim from Hong Kong to Macau where boats and ferries jetted across the delta like innumerable shooting stars in the sky.

"There were tough moments - lots of big tankers in the start, and lots of time to contemplate what I was doing, but the jellyfish didn’t appear, and instead, the dolphins did, for over an hour. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life to see them around us for so long, even though I had to keep my head down and kept going.

My team has been amazing - Shu Pu has worked tirelessly to make this swim happen and was with me all the way on her outrigger canoe. She becomes the first single paddler to get across. I also want to thank [retired Hong Kong Water police officer Robert] Arni Highfield for navigating so expertly through challenging waters. And to the rest of the crew - thanks so much for their tireless support. This wouldn't have happened without them."

Holliday began his swim at 5 am from Peaked Hill (Kai Yet Kok), on the west edge of Lantau Island, Hong Kong and swam 35 km to Hac Sa Beach in Macau, arriving at 3:40 pm. The swim has raised over HK$250,000 to help support Grate Art (see video here) which brings 8 local and Chinese artists to create plaques used to remind people not to dump into drains on the street, as these sometimes flow into the ocean.

Asked the first thing he was going to do after emerging from the water, the management and leadership trainer for an international law firm smiled broadly, "I am going to have a pint of beer in a glass."

"Holliday helped raise awareness of the harmful effect of releasing plastics into the ocean," explained Woodring. "During the swim, a visual audit was undertaken from the support vessel, giving an indication of the amount of plastic in the Pearl River Estuary and South China Sea."

Holliday is an open water swimmer based in Hong Kong. Simon completed the English Channel in 2011 as well as several long swims around the UK and Ireland. He is studying a Masters degree in psychology and has an interest in human motivation and resilience - which he obviously tested and put to good use today.

Ocean Recovery Alliance brings together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations in order to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that help to improve our ocean environment. It has two projects with the Clinton Global Initiative focused on the reduction of plastic pollution, and is one of the few NGOs in the world to be working with both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans. It also organises Kids Ocean Day in Hong Kong, Hong Kong-San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (May 6-11, 2014), and the international business forum, Plasticity, on the future of plastic, where is can be used, without the footprint.

Grate Art is a project that brings colourful, interesting messages to the city streets of Hong Kong, near storm drains, in order to remind people not do dump or litter in drains. The art will feature bilingual messages that goes along with the image in order to call attention to the fact that their actions on land, can have impacts on our local waters. This project will help to showcase Hong Kong as a leader Asia for improving the health of the ocean, complementing the recent ban on trawling last year in all of Hong Kong’s waters.

To donate to the Grate Art cause, visit here.

Photos of the Clean Cross Swim are courtesy of Ocean Recovery Alliance, Power of Sports Images, and Anthony Kwan. Photos of Simon Holliday with the dolphins are courtesy of Jeffrey Lim.

Videos of Holliday on his way from Hong Kong to Macau are posted below:

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Video 7 (aerial view)
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Video 10 (Walkerized with white dolphins)
Video 11 (heavily Walkerized with white dolphins)

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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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