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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jim Doty Is Timeless

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Harvard man, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer, open water swimming visionary, environmentalist, race organizer, Jim Doty was a man of many talents, legendary work ethic who dedicated much of his adult life to promoting open water swimming.

The third annual James Doty Memorial Mile Swim will be held on June 14th at the L Street Bathhouse (Curley Community Center) in South Boston, Massachusetts. As Doty did throughout his life encouraging others to join him in waters all around New England, the swim is dedicated to those new to the sport.

Doty accomplished so many things in his life, it was remarkable how much time he was able to devote to the sport of open water swimming. Time management was one of the essential elements of his success. So it is appropriate that two new clocks installed earlier this week in the tower on the L Street Bathhouse will be dedicated in memory of Doty at the memorial swim.

The event, organized jointly by the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association (MOWSA) and the New England Marathon Swimming Association (NEMSA) with support from the Curley Community Center and the Doty family, highlights the legacy that Doty left behind. “Jim and his series of unprecedented swims in New England set the gold standard for open water swimming in the region long before the sport became trendy,” says Greg O’Connor of MOWSA. “His imaginative approach to finding new challenges has left a long list of swims many of us can only dream of completing someday. We remember Jim fondly for the support and guidance he always offered to other swimmers and for his dedication to the cause of cleaner water.”

Doty, who passed away in 2012, was a local legend who charted new marathon swim routes and adventures all around New England. He picked up open water swimming in his 30s to gain some fitness and transformed his natural athleticism and competitiveness to became a professional marathon swimmer. He competed in in the 24 Heures La Tuque event in the 1960s and set numerous records to and from the Boston Lighthouse, Graves Light, around Cape Ann, and other iconic locations. "There isn’t a body of water in New England that Jim didn’t swim. Jim was also responsible for forming the non-profit New England Marathon Swimming Association which is dedicated to promoting swimming and a clean aquatic environment in New England. Jim re-started the Boston Light Swim back in the mid-1970s after a long hiatus; the 8-mile Boston Light Swim is the oldest open water swim race in America dubbed The Granddaddy of American Open Water Swims," explains O'Connor.

Doty, a stalwart in the solo marathon swimming world, was never one to stop encouraging others to join him and seek their own potential in the open water. In 2010, O’Connor and Elaine Howley broke Doty’s 1969 record for the 16-mile double crossing of Boston Harbor. Leading up to that swim, Doty characteristically offered insight and advice, a kindness that offered an unparalleled opportunity for a new generation of local swimmers to learn from the consummate professional. “After that swim, Jim was so genuinely pleased that someone was looking to continue his swimming legacy that he took us out to lunch to congratulate us for breaking his 41-year-old record,” Howley says. “That’s just the kind of guy he was, and we are pleased to be able to run this event in his memory.”

Prior to the start of the swim at 1 pm, the Curley Community Center will host a dedication ceremony for the two new clocks that have been installed in the clock tower. The clocks were paid for by private donations and aim to help swimmers training in the harbor know how long they’ve been swimming. The dedication ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm.

We like to think that Jim would be pleased with this small gesture of thanks for his leadership in open water swimming,” O’Connor says.

For more information, contact Greg O’Connor via email.



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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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