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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Back To The Past In Open Water Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Upper illustration shows Captain Matthew Webb in the English Channel. Lower photo shows Lynne Cox, one of the greatest ice swimmer in history.

If we had a time capsule and could go back in time, these are the following swims in which we would love to have served as a volunteer or reporter or support crew:

1. Kevin Murphy's 53-hour three-way English Channel attempt
2. Mike Spalding's crossing in Hawaii that was halted by a cookiecutter shark
3-4. Abdul Latif Abou Heif and Ted Erikson's 60-mile (96.5 km) race across in Lake Michigan in 1963
5. Alfréd Hajós's victory at the 1896 Athens Olympics Games 1200m race in rough 55°F (13°C) water in the Bay of Zea off the Piraeus coast, Aegean Sea, Greece
6-7. Alison Streeter's 1st and 43rd crossings of the English Channel
8. Andrei Sychev's 2250m swim in 1 hour 6 minutes in Tyumen, Russia in 2012 in 0.8°C water and - 30°C air
9. Annette Kellerman (Australia): competed against men in the 7-mile Seine Swim through Paris in 1902 in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators
10. Barry Devonport's crossing of the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island in New Zealand in 1962 in 11 hours 20 minutes
11. Benoît Lecomte's assisted stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts, USA to Quiberon, France in 73 days in 1998 across 3716 miles
12. Bert Thomas's crossing of Strait of Juan de Fuca in 1955 in 11 hours 10 minutes
13. Captain Matthew Webb's crossing of the English Channel in 1875 in 21 hours 45 minutes, swimming breaststroke
14. Christof Wandratsch's 1 km swim in Lake Semenovskoe, Murmansk, Russia in 2015 in 13:00.51 in 0°C water and -7°C air.
15. Cindy Cleveland's 48-mile (77 km) circumnavigation swim around Catalina Island in 1979 in 34 hours 24 minutes
16. Cliff Lumsdon's 51.5 km (32 miles) victorious swim in the 1955 Canadian National Exhibition swim in 1955, winning $84,000+
17. Denize le Pennec's circumnavigation of Jersey in 1969 in 13 hours 55 minutes
18. Diana Nyad's swim across the Florida Strait from Cuba to Key West, Florida in 2013 in 52 hours 54 minutes
19. Fred Rogers's crossing of Lake Tahoe in 1955 in 19 hours 6 minutes
20. George Young's crossing of the Catalina Channel in 1927 in 15 hours 44 minutes
21. Gertrude Ederle's crossing of the English Channel by a woman in 1926 in 14 hours 30 minutes
22. Greta Andersen's two-way crossing of the Catalina Channel in 1958 in 26 hours 53 minutes
23. Guy Delage's assisted stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Barbados in 55 days in 1994 across 3,900 km (2,335 miles)
24. Harry Huffaker's crossing of the Molokai Channel from Oahu to Molokai in Hawaii in 1972 in 16 hours 15 minutes
25. Harry Huffaker's crossing of the Alenuihāhā Channel from Hawaii to Maui in Hawaii in 1970 in 20 hours 8 minutes
26. Henri Kaarma's 2150m swim in 35 minutes 20 seconds in Murmansk, Russia in 2013 in 0.8°C water and -7°C air
27. Henry Charteris Hooper's crossing from Robben Island to Cape Town in South Africa in 1909, 11 km in 6 hours 55 minutes
28. James Caldwell's crossing of the Maui Channel from Maui to Lanai in Hawaii in 1970 5 hours 30 minutes
29. James Caldwell's crossing of the Pailolo Channel from Maui to Molokai in Hawaii in 1973 5 hours 20 minutes
30. Imre Szenasi's 136-mile (219 km) swim down the River Tisza in Romania in 1962 in 44 hours 50 minutes
31. Jacques Amyot's crossing of lac St-John in Quebec, Canada in 1955 in 11 hours 32 minutes
32. J.B. Johnson's 1 hour 3 minute attempt to swim across the English Channel in 1872
33. John Sigmund's 292-mile (470 km) swim down the Mississippi River in 1940 in 89 hours 46 minutes
34. Jon Erikson's three-way crossing of the English Channel in 1981 in 38 hours 27 minutes
35. Keo Nakama's crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii in 1961 in 15 hours 30 minutes
36. Kevin Murphy's 90 km (56-mile) circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight in the English Channel in 1971 in 26 hours 51 minutes
37. Larisa Ilchenko's gold medal Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing in 2008
38. Lewis Pugh's 1 km swim at 5,200m altitude in 2°C water in Lake Pumori on Khumbu Glacier, Mount Everest in 2010
39. Lewis Pugh's 1 km swim at the geographic North Pole in the Arctic Ocean in 2007 in -1.7°C water in 18 minutes 50 seconds
40. Lewis Pugh's 350m swim in -1°C water and -37°C air in the Bay of Whales in the Ross Sea in 2015 where the waves froze in air
41. Linda Kaiser's crossing of the Channel from Kauai and Niihau in Hawaii in 2003 in 10 hours 45 minutes
42. Lord Byron 's crossing of the Hellespont in 1810 in 1 hour 10 minutes
43. Lynne Cox's 7-mile swim across Lake Baikal in 1988 in 4 hours 19 minutes
44. Lynne Cox's crossing of the Bering Strait in 4°C (40°F) water from Little Diomede (Alaska) to Big Diomede (Russia) in 1987 in 2 hours 6 minutes
45. Lynne Cox's 10-mile swim across Lake Titicaca from Bolivia to Peru at 3,812 meters (12,507 feet) in 1992 in 3 hours 48 minutes in 13°C (56°F) water
46. Maarten van der Weijden's gold medal Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing in 2008
47. Martin Strel's 100-mile (162 km) swim from Lignano to Ravenna in Italy's Adriatic Sea in 1994 in 55 hours 11 minutes
48. Martin Strel's 66-day 5,268 km (3,273-mile) stage swim along the Amazon River in 2007 where he faced piranhas
49. Martin Strel's 40-day 4,003 km (2,487-mile) stage swim along the Yangtze River in 2004
50. Marilyn Bell's crossing of Lake Ontario in 1954 in 20 hours 59 minutes
51. Mercedes Gleitze's crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 1928 in 12 hours 50 minutes
52. Mihir Sen's crossing across the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 in 35 hours 30 minutes
53. Murugapillai Navratnaswami's crossing of the Palk Strait in 1954 in 26 hours 50 minutes
54. Oussama Mellouli's gold medal Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in London in 2012
55. Pedro A Candiotti's 281-mile (452 km) downstream swim in River de la Plata in Argentina in 1935 in 84 hours 0 minutes
56. Penny Palfrey's 67.2-mile (108 km) crossing from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands in 2011 in 40 hours 41 minutes
57. Philip Rush's three-way crossing of the English Channel in 1987 in 28 hours 21 minutes
58. Philip Rush's two-way crossing of the Cook Strait in 1984 in 16 hours 16 minutes
59. Renata Novakova's 1 km swim in Lake Semenovskoe, Murmansk, Russia in 2015 in 14:21.82 in 0°C water and -7°C air
60. Robert Dowling's circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in 1915 in 13 hours 45 minutes
61. Sarah Thomas's two-way crossing of Lake Tahoe in 2013 in 22 hours 35 minutes
62. Stephen Redmond's 12 hour 45 minute crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in Japan in 2012
63. Stewart Evans's swim from the Farallon Islands to California in 1967 in 13 hours 44 minutes
64. Susie Maroney's 122-mile (197 km) shark-cage crossing from Mexico to Cuba in 1998 in 38 hours 33 minutes
65. Susie Maroney's 111.8-mile (180 km) shark-cage crossing from Cuba to USA across the Florida Strait in 1997 in 24 hours 31 minutes
66. Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot's 458 km 25-day stage swim across the Mozambique Channel from Mozambique to Madagascar in 2014 swimming for 155 hours total
67. Tom Blower's crossing of the 33.7 km (21 mile) North Channel from Ireland to Scotland in 1947 in 15 hours 26 minutes
68. Veljko Rogošić's 120+ mile swim across the Adriatic Sea in Italy in 2006 in 50 hours 10 minutes
69. Vicki Keith's butterfly crossing of Lake Ontario in 2005 in 63 hours 40 minutes
70. Vicki Keith's two-way crossing of Lake Ontario in 1987 in 56 hours 10 minutes
71. William 'Billy' O'Connor's crossing of lac Memphrémagog from Vermont, USA to Quebec, Canada in 1955 in 18 hours 35 minutes
72. Zhang Jian's crossing of Bohai Bay in China in 2000 in 50 hours 22 minutes
73. The inaugural Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim held in Ireland in 1914
74. The inaugural Damme-Brugge Open Water Swim in Canal Hoeke - Sluis in Belgium in 1900
75. The inaugural aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1974
76. The inaugural SPAR Redhouse River Mile) in South Africa in 1924
77. Sunrice Australia Channel Relay Team's 136 km four-way crossing of the English Channel in 43 hours 7 minutes in 1993 with Des Renford as the team's tactician and swimmers Cyril Baldock, Michael Renford, Baden Green, Greg Stewart, Peter Tibbets and Kevin Neilsen
78. Mediterranean International Swimming Relay Race, a 93 km Malta-to-Sicily open water swimming (4-person) competition between Australia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary in 1996
79. Sport City Mexico's 136 km four-way crossing of the English Channel in 42 hours 11 minutes in 2007 with Mariel Hawley, Jorge Urreta, Luis Pineyro, Omar Díaz González, Alejandro Moreno, and Mayalen Noriega with coach Rodolfo Aznar, Dr. Alexander Kormanovsky, escort pilot Mike Oram and co-pilot Lance Oram
80. Lake Cane Relay's 100 km swim in 37 hours 6 minutes in Lake Cane in Orlando, Florida under the leadership of Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer in 2008
81. Taupo x 3 (or Lake Taupo Three-way Relay)'s 126 km (78.2 mile) relay in a three-way crossing of Lake Taupo, New Zealand in 2009
82. Camlough Team's relay of 220 swimmers who swam non-stop 685.5 km (426.5 miles) in Camlough Lake in northern Ireland for 232 hours 52 minutes over 9 nights and 10 days in 2009 under the leadership of Aoife McCourt-Lynch and Pádraig Mallon
83. Ventura Deep Six's relay that swam 325 km (202 miles) down the California coast from Ventura to La Jolla Cove near San Diego with Tom Ball, Kurtis Baron, John Chung, Jim McConica, Jim Neitz and Mike Shaffer over 4 days 5 hours 39.53 minutes (101 hours 39 minutes and 53 seconds) in 2010
84. Windermere 12-way Warriors's relay that swam 202 km (126 statute miles) in a 12-way crossing of Windermere in the Lake District of England with Liane Llewellyn, Thomas Noblett, Keith Bartolo, Michelle Lefton, Michelle Sharples and Dee Llewellyn in 75 hours 32 minutes in 10°C water in 2011
85. Marina Martinique Marathon's relay that swam 350 km in a 3.1 km loop course within Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa in 2012 with Ralph West, Brenton Williams, JC van Wyk, Greg Tucker, Russell Tucker and Sanmarie Woithe
86. Team FTD's relay that completed a 6-way 121.2-mile (195 km) Catalina Channel crossing in 61 hours 7 minutes in 2013 with Forrest Nelson, Becky Jackman-Beeler, Mike Mitchell, Kent Nicholas, Emily Evans, and Tina Neill. The team was captained by pilot John Pittman on the vessel Outrider with observers Carol Sing, Donald Van Cleve, and Adam Moine
87. Night Train Swimmers's relay that swam 367 km (228 miles) along the California coast from Gaviota State Park to a small beach near the San Diego Yacht Club with Phil Cutti, David Holscher, Zach Jirkovsky, Luane Rowe, Blair Cannon, and Grace van der Byl over 100 hours 28 minutes in 2013
88. Cyprus Israel Swim's relay that swam 380 km (235 miles) from Cyprus to Israel in 123 hours 10 minutes with Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, and Luc Chetboun in 2014
89. Delphinus's relay that swam 286 km (177.7 miles) around Mumbai, India in 49 hours 44 minutes with Wing Commander Paramour Singh, Sergeant Gullupilli Narhari, Sergeant Ankar Kumar Patel, Sergeant S Sriharim, Corporal Aneesh Singh and Leading Aircraftsman Vicky Tokas in 2014
90. The Sea Hawk's relay that swam 433 km in 156 hours with Wing Commander Paramour Singh, Sergeant Gullupilli Narhari, Sergeant Ankar Kumar Patel, Leading Aircraftsman Vicky Tokas, Assistant Sub-inspector Ganesh Palande, and Manav Mehta along the Konkan coast to the Gateway of India in Mumbai, India in 2015

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