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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Swimming In The Ice

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In the open water world, distances are measured from point to point along the straight line tangent, sometimes with GPS, sometimes estimated on Google Earth, and sometimes with GPS watches worn by swimmers.

If the open water swim is held in a rectangular course, the course is measured from center point or anchor of the buoys along the straight line tangent from buoy to buoy.

This usually means that open water swimmers swim further than the actual distance of the course because they have to round the buoys and swim in and around packs of swimmers, swim towards a feeding pontoon or alongside escort boats or kayaks, and take different angles at different times.

Ram Barkai, founder of the International Ice Swimming Association, described measuring distances in the growing niche of ice miles, "We amended the rules to be more specific about measuring distances. It will mean that swimmers will actually cover more than a mile. We always measure a clear course of 1650m for the Ice Mile."

A statute mile is officially 1,609 meters while a nautical mile is 1,852 meters. Statute or nautical, swimming for a mile in water under 5ºC is inherently risk.

"We are adapting to the sport's growth and our learnings," explains Barkai. "Many people coming to the ice for different reasons and want the sport the adapt to their objectives of what they want to get out of the sport. I started the ice as an adventure and exploration of the human mind and what is possible. I realized very quickly that most sportsman see competitiveness as speed while I discovered something, but not through speed.

I don’t want to encourage swimmers to compete in ice miles. We are not making it a race. However, we cannot punish people who wish to run into the water or race the ice mile. It is a personal choice. Some see a race in everything they do; I see an adventure in everything I do
."

But even ice miles completed in different locations in different times are different for an obvious reason. Barkai describes the situation. "You can't compare a swim between 0ºC and 5ºC. Each swim is done in different environment. I don’t think we can normalize these [different] swims and have a standard. But we can create interest in our sport by crediting some of the top swimmers and inspiring others to do more."

The International Ice Swimming Association has now recognized 180 ice miles done by 137 swimmers from 25 countries (see here or below). "The mile swims are fascinating and we are going to add to their appeal soon by awarding swimmers who have done 5 or more and 10 or more ice miles. For some, it is once-in-a-lifetime swim and for some it is a continuous challenge," says Barkai who has done 8 official ice miles and several more unofficial ice miles with more than ten 1 km+ ice swims.

He looks forward to the continued development in the sport of ice swimming. "The evolution of seconds, coaches, officials and specialized medics is in the pipeline. I see more and more people capitalizing and monetizing on the ice. Some will curve a career that will also help the sport to grow. There is growing interest in training camps and techniques.

I come from background of risk: army and finance. I remember those who specialized in risk monitoring; they were not the ones who knew how to take high risks and survive. It requires different mindsets and we need both. One is a wild horse raring to go and one is his rider who is trying to maintain control. We need both.

I don’t want to only focus the sport on risk and safety and I don’t want to only focus the sport on speed and distance. It is natural that risk watchers will spot the risk and risk takers will spot opportunity
."

Where Barkai started in the ice as an adventure and exploration of his mental abilities and what possible, a handful of others and increasing many more are joining him in the ice.

As faster and younger swimmers join in the ice, the spirit of competitiveness reels its head. "I don’t want to encourage swimmers to compete in ice mile [for speed]," says Barkai. "It is not making it a race. However, we can't punish people who wish to run into the water or race the ice mile. It is a personal choice that exists in everyday life. Some see a race in everything they do. I am seeing an adventure in everything I do."

Ice Milers/Ice Swimmers (as governed by the International Ice Swimming Association:

1 Ram Barkai on 31 Jan 2009, 4.00°C water + -7.50°C air for 1.43 mile in 43:00 (South Africa)
2 Ram Barkai on 17 Jul 2010, 4.50°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 33:00 (South Africa)
3 Andrew Chin on 17 Jul 2010, 4.50°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:00 (South Africa)
4 Kieron Palframan on 17 Jul 2010, 4.50°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:00 (South Africa)
5 Ryan Stramrood on 17 Jul 2010, 4.50°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:00 (South Africa)
6 Toks Viviers on 17 Jul 2010, 4.50°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 33:00 (South Africa)
7 Theodore Yach on 17 Jul 2010, 4.50°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 35:00 (South Africa)
8 Craig Lenning on 10 Jul 2011, 4.40°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.20 miles in 34:33 (United States)
9 Ram Barkai on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:59 (South Africa)
10 Andrew Chin on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 24:24 (South Africa)
11 Kieron Palframan on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 25:28 (South Africa)
12 Ryan Stramrood on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:21 (South Africa)
13 Toks Viviers on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 26:31 (South Africa)
14 Tim Stiff on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 27:43 (South Africa)
15 Toni Enderli on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 29:17 (South Africa)
16 Philip Emslie on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 22:30 (South Africa)
17 Mark van Schaik on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:29 (South Africa)
18 Ray Butcher on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 23:43 (South Africa)
19 Mark de Klerk on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 30:49 (South Africa)
20 Henko Roukema on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 30:49 (South Africa)
21 Rouen Smit on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 23:57 (South Africa)
22 Brad Gale on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 23:38 (South Africa)
23 Cecilia Schutte on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 26:45 (South Africa)
24 Heinrich Langer on 23 Jul 2011, 5.00°C water + 10.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:25 (South Africa)
25 Henko Roukema on 31 Aug 2011, 4.90°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 30:12 (South Africa)
26 Ram Barkai on 4 Jan 2012, 2.00°C water + -2.50°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:03 (South Africa)
27 Cathy Delneo on 15 Jan 2012, 4.40°C water + 2.50°C air for 1.00 mile in 34:00 (United States)
28 Jason Malick on 15 Jan 2012, 4.40°C water + -10.50°C air for 1.12 miles in 42:21 (United States)
29 Karen Rogers on 15 Jan 2012, 3.30°C water + 2.50°C air for 1.12 miles in 35:12 (United States)
30 Lelané Rossouw-Bancroft on 15 Jan 2012, 3.30°C water + -10.50°C air for 1.12 miles in 35:12 (United States)
31 Anne Marie Ward on 5 Feb 2012, 4.50°C water + 8.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 35:51 (Ireland)
32 Ram Barkai on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:33 (South Africa)
33 Kieron Palframan on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 27:05 (South Africa)
34 Ryan Stramrood on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 26:18 (South Africa)
35 Tim Stiff on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 25:55 (South Africa)
36 Mark van Schaik on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 33:54 (South Africa)
37 Cecilia Schutte on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:03 (South Africa)
38 Heinrich Langer on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 27:58 (South Africa)
39 Raymond Connell on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 39:25 (South Africa)
40 Duncan Haupt on 15 Jul 2012, 1.70°C water + -5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 29:32 (South Africa)
41 Anna-Carin Nordin on 2 Nov 2012, 4.00°C water + 7.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:18 (Sweden)
42 Jerome Leslie on 8 Dec 2012, 5.00°C water + 7.50°C air for 1.03 miles in 40:56 (United States)
43 Elaine K Howley on 8 Dec 2012, 5.00°C water + 7.50°C air for 1.03 miles in 29:18 (United States)
44 Jackie Cobell on 10 Dec 2012, 4.75°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 42:00 (England)
45 Goody Tyler IV on 13 Dec 2012, 5.00°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 40:00 (United States)
46 Henri Kaarma on 16 Dec 2012, 0.30°C water + -30.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 25:25 (Estonia)
47 Aleksandr Brylin on 16 Dec 2012, 0.30°C water + -30.00°C air for 1.37 miles in 1:00:05 (Russia)
48 Andrey Sychyovv on 16 Dec 2012, 0.30°C water + -30.00°C air for 1.40 miles in 1:01:43 (Russia)
49 Paul Duffield on 23 Dec 2012, 4.33°C water + -1.00°C air for 1.08 miles in 36:50 (Canada)
50 Padraig Mallon on 20 Jan 2013, 3.90°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.17 miles in 32:33 (Ireland)
51 Andrew Coyle on 20 Jan 2013, 3.90°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 40:07 (Ireland)
52 Nuala Moore on 20 Jan 2013, 3.90°C water + -6.00°C air for 1.12 miles in 38:00 (Ireland)
53 Ram Barkai on 31 Jan 2013, 3.50°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:14 (South Africa)
54 Colin Hill on 6 Feb 2013, 4.70°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.00 mile in 24:22 (England)
55 Wayne Carter on 10 Feb 2013, 4.60°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.09 miles in 43:55 (England)
56 Ciaran Bryne on 10 Feb 2013, 4.70°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 miles in 34:00 (Ireland)
57 Ned Denison on 10 Feb 2013, 4.60°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.00 mile in 24:42 (United States)
58 Margot Anderson on 10 Feb 2013, 4.60°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.00 mile in 50:26 (England)
59 Alison Cardwell on 10 Feb 2013, 2.90°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 32:00 (Ireland)
60 Finbarr Hedderman on 10 Feb 2013, 4.70°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.09 miles in 31:14 (Ireland)
61 Robert Bohane on 10 Feb 2013, 4.70°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.00 mile in 33:34 (Ireland)
62 Annette Stewart on 10 Feb 2013, 4.60°C water + 4.40°C air for 1.00 mile in 42:01 (England)
63 Brad Schindler on 17 Feb 2013, 4.88°C water + 0.50°C air for 1.00 mile in 29:04 (United States)
64 Haydn Welch on 23 Feb 2013, 3.53°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 37:23 (England)
65 Fergal Somerville on 24 Feb 2013, 3.60°C water + -3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:50 (Ireland)
66 Alex Ferguson on 24 Feb 2013, 3.50°C water + -1.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 32:47 (England)
67 Colm Breathnach on 24 Feb 2013, 3.60°C water + -3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 25:25 (Ireland)
68 Patrick Corkery on 24 Feb 2013, 3.60°C water + -3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:25 (Ireland)
69 John Daly on 24 Feb 2013, 3.60°C water + -3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 36:50 (Ireland)
70 Ger Kennedy on 24 Feb 2013, 3.30°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 40:00 (Ireland)
71 John Donald on 24 Feb 2013, 3.10°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.07 miles in 37:00 (England)
72 Carmel Collins on 24 Feb 2013, 3.60°C water + -3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:05 (Ireland)
73 Paul Duffield on 2 Mar 2013, 4.00°C water + 13.00°C air for 1.44 miles in 54:02 (Canada)
74 Scott Tapley on 2 Mar 2013, 4.30°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.10 miles in 36:52 (United States)
75 Kimberly Rutherford on 2 Mar 2013, 4.30°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.10 miles in 35:20 (United States)
76 Helen Beveridge on 3 Mar 2013, 2.83°C water + 8.00°C air for 1.06 miles in 39:07 (Scotland)
77 Jeremy Irvine on 14 Mar 2013, 4.23°C water + 6.00°C air for 1.07 miles in 33:45 (England)
78 Ram Barkai on 23 Mar 2013, 0.00°C water + -8.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 32:43 (South Africa)
79 Kieron Palframan on 23 Mar 2013, 0.00°C water + -8.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:00 (South Africa)
80 Ryan Stramrood on 23 Mar 2013, 0.00°C water + -8.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 30:00 (South Africa)
81 Henri Kaarma on 23 Mar 2013, 0.00°C water + -8.00°C air for 1.34 miles in 33:00 (Estonia)
82 Melissa O’Reilly on 6 Apr 2013, 4.80°C water + 4.50°C air for 1.00 mile in 42:52 (United States)
83 Greg O’Connor on 6 Apr 2013, 4.85°C water + -3.80°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:39 (United States)
84 Charlotte J Brynn on 26 Apr 2013, 4.85°C water + 9.50°C air for 1.20 miles in 30:38 (New Zealand)
85 Lindsay de Kock on 24 Aug 2013, 3.00°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 34:25 (South Africa)
86 James Brown on 19 Nov 2013, 3.90°C water + 2.50°C air for 1.32 miles in 54:27 (England)
87 James Brown on 30 Nov 2013, 4.18°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.16 miles in 43:00 (England)
88 Leon Fryer on 30 Nov 2013, 4.18°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.16 miles in 41:00 (England)
89 Alistair Beattie on 30 Nov 2013, 4.18°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.12 miles in 35:00 (England)
90 Gordon Gridley on 7 Dec 2013, 1.19°C water + 6.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 26:00 (United States)
91 Jonathan Gladstone on 8 Dec 2013, 3.60°C water + -3.30°C air for 1.05 miles in 38:39 (United States)
92 Martin McMahon on 8 Dec 2013, 4.00°C water + -3.30°C air for 1.05 miles in 32:38 (United States)
93 Jiri Kurina on 11 Dec 2013, 4.76°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.02 miles in 44:55 (Czech Republic)
94 Henri Kaarma on 15 Dec 2013, 0.00°C water + -8.00°C air for 1.49 miles in 41:57 (Estonia)
95 Mick Barker on 15 Dec 2013, 4.60°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 42:43 (England)
96 Gavin Pitt on 15 Dec 2013, 4.60°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 39:41 (England)
97 Paul Fowler on 29 Dec 2013, 4.30°C water + 2.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 29:53 (Cyprus)
98 Jiri Neuman on 18 Jan 2014, 4.20°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.17 miles in 43:58 (Czech Republic)
99 Jonty Warneken on 19 Jan 2014, 4.87°C water + 7.50°C air for 1.31 miles in 58:54 (England)
100 Pauline Barker on 30 Jan 2014, 4.30°C water + 2.20°C air for 1.00 miles in 47:32 (England)
101 Andre Roberts on 30 Jan 2014, 4.30°C water + 2.20°C air for 1.00 mile in 37:12 (England)
102 Annette Daly on 30 Jan 2014, 4.30°C water + 2.20°C air for 1.00 mile in 47:54 (Zimbabwe)
103 Zdeněk Tlamicha on 31 Jan 2014, 3.80°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.25 miles in 42:15 (Czech Republic)
104 Kathryn Ayre on 4 Feb 2014, 4.90°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.13 miles in 41:32 (England)
105 Amenda Bell on 9 Feb 2014, 4.70°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.24 miles in 44:04 (England)
106 Robert Hodgson on 9 Feb 2014, 4.80°C water + 2.00°C air for 1.00 miles in 32:23 (England)
107 Finbarr Hedderman on 22 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:27 (Ireland)
108 Fergal Somerville on 22 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 28:49 (Ireland)
109 Patrick Corkery on 22 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 30:21 (Ireland)
110 Sabrina Wiedmer on 22 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 25:51 (Switzerland)
111 Ion Lazarenco on 22 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 33:07 (Moldova)
112 Paraic Brady on 22 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 35:04 (Ireland)
113 Donal Buckley on 22 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 37:46 (Ireland)
114 Ger Kennedy on 23 Feb 2014, 3.30°C water + 2.80°C air for 1.02 miles in 37:05 (Ireland)
115 Ger Kennedy on 1 Mar 2014, 3.30°C water + 2.50°C air for 1.30 miles in 51:10 (Ireland)
116 Josef Köberl on 1 Mar 2014, 4.00°C water + 1.60°C air for 1.16 miles in 39:12 (Austria)
117 Ryan Stramrood on 2 Mar 2014, -1.00°C water + 1.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 32:08 (South Africa)
118 Toks Viviers on 2 Mar 2014, 0.50°C water + 1.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 25:30 (South Africa)
119 Gavin Pike on 2 Mar 2014, 0.50°C water + 1.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 25:57 (South Africa)
120 Stuart Hinde on 2 Mar 2014, 4.60°C water + 2.00°C air for 1.10 miles in 33:58 (England)
121 James Bridges on 2 Mar 2014, 4.60°C water + 2.00°C air for 1.10 miles in 21:43 (England)
122 Charlotte J Brynn on 1 May 2014, 4.96°C water + 14.00°C air for 1.01 miles in 25:27 (New Zealand)
123 Wyatt Song on 27 Sep 2014, 4.53°C water + 4.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 42:30 (Australia)
124 Landon Ascheman on 15 Nov 2014, 4.70°C water + -10.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 38:52 (United States)
125 Kellie Joyce on 14 Dec 2014, 5.00°C water + 2.20°C air for 1.05 miles in 30:18 (United States)
126 Paula Yankauskas on 14 Dec 2014, 5.00°C water + 2.20°C air for 1.05 miles in 43:32 (United States)
127 Helen Lin on 14 Dec 2014, 5.00°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.10 miles in 33:59 (United States)
128 Rena Demeo on Dec 2014, 5.00°C water + 2.20°C air for 1.05 miles in 47:03 (United States)
129 Ondrej Pék on 14 Dec 2014, 4.23°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 35:59 (Slovakia)
130 Catherine Sunley on 14 Dec 2014, 4.34°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 39:36 (England)
131 Dezider Pék on 14 Dec 2014, 4.23°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 34:32 (Slovakia)
132 Magda Okurková on 14 Dec 2014, 4.23°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 24:05 (Czech Republic)
133 Petr Mihola on 14 Dec 2014, 4.23°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 35:01 (Czech Republic)
134 Jakub Hašek on 14 Dec 2014, 4.23°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 35:32 (Czech Republic)
135 Christof Wandratsch on 27 Dec 2014, 3.47°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.01 miles in 21:38 (Germany)
136 Ram Barkai on 31 Dec 2014, 4.60°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 30:00 (South Africa)
137 Jiri Neuman on 31 Dec 2014, 4.60°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 38:56 (Czech Republic)
138 Zdenek Tlamicha on 31 Dec 2014, 4.60°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 38:49 (Czech Republic)
139 Jakub Valnicek on 31 Dec 2014, 4.60°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 29:37 (Czech Republic)
140 Bruno Dobelmann on 31 Dec 2014, 4.57°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.13 miles in 55:05 (Germany)
141 Pauline Barker on 4 Jan 2015, 4.50°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 45:13 (England)
142 Paolo Chiarino on 6 Jan 2015, 4.20°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 30:56 (Italy)
143 Bhakti Sharma on 10 Jan 2015, 1.00°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.42 miles in 41:14 (India)
144 Steffi Praher on 24 Jan 2015, 3.33°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.01 miles in 43:02 (Germany)
145 Hazel Killingbeck on 27 Jan 2015, 2.05°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.07 miles in 32:39 (England)
146 Kate Steels-Fryatt on 31 Jan 2015, 3.90°C water + -1.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 32:50 (England)
147 Tracy Clark on 31 Jan 2015, 3.57°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 37:33 (New Zealand)
148 Noel Browne on 4 Feb 2015, 4.43°C water + 4.00°C air for 1.01 miles in 38:50 (Ireland)
149 Andrew Allum on 9 Feb 2015, 4.60°C water + 7.00°C air for 1.86 miles in 47:25 (England)
150 Ned Denison on 14 Feb 2015, 4.40°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.08 miles in 29:27 (United States)
151 Fergal Somerville on 14 Feb 2015, 3.80°C water + 5.60°C air for 1.00 mile in 31:42 (Ireland)
152 Pauline Barker on 14 Feb 2015, 3.80°C water + 5.60°C air for 1.00 mile in 44:27 (England)
153 Annette Daly on 14 Feb 2015, 3.80°C water + 5.60°C air for 1.08 miles in 42:56 (Zimbabwe)
154 Philip Hodges on 14 Feb 2015, 3.80°C water + 5.60°C air for 1.14 miles in 35:12 (Australia)
155 Bryn Dymott on 14 Feb 2015, 3.80°C water + 5.60°C air for 1.08 miles in 41:32 (England)
156 Jim Shalloo on 14 Feb 2015, 3.77°C water + 5.60°C air for 1.00 mile in 35:59 (Ireland)
157 Anna Maria Mullally on 14 Feb 2015, 3.80°C water + 5.60°C air for 1.08 miles in 45:31 (Ireland)
158 Carmel Collins on 14 Feb 2015, 3.90°C water + -5.60°C air for 1.00 mile in 35:22 (Ireland)
159 Michelle Millard on 21 Feb 2015, 4.17°C water + 1.00°C air for 1.09 miles in 42:35 (England)
160 Bruno Dobelmann on 22 Feb 2015, 3.93°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.04 miles in 40:57 (Germany)
161 Gillian McShane on 22 Feb 2015, 4.30°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 42:53 (Northern Ireland)
162 Marcus Reineke on 22 Feb 2015, 4.07°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.20 miles in 32:20 (Germany)
163 Donna Cooke on 22 Feb 2015, 3.04°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.03 miles in 32:04 (Ireland)
164 Patrick Corcoran on 22 Feb 2015, 4.30°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 26:47 (Ireland)
165 Ger Kennedy on 28 Feb 2015, 4.80°C water + water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 36:15 (Ireland)
166 Jochen Aumüller on 28 Feb 2015, 4.57°C water + 2.00°C air for 1.33 miles in 39:33 (Germany)
167 Wendy Figures on 28 Feb 2015, 5.00°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.09 miles in 35:27 (England)
168 Hamza Bakircioglu on 28 Feb 2015, 4.87°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.06 miles in 31:17 (Turkey)
169 Sabine Croci on 1 Mar 2015, 1.03°C water + 1.70°C air for 1.01 miles in 42:17 (Germany)
170 Allen Evans on 1 Mar 2015, 4.80°C water + 5.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 45:10 (Ireland)
171 Barry O’Connor on 1 Mar 2015, 4.80°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 39:15 (Ireland)
172 Mollie Conroy on 3 Mar 2015, 4.17°C water + -2.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 34:41 (Ireland)
173 Rostislav Vitek on 7 Mar 2015, 4.83°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 20:29 (Czech Republic)
174 Roger Taylor on 3 Oct 2015, 4.73°C water + 0.00°C air for 1.16 miles in 58:24 (England)
175 Elena Semenova on 18 Oct 2015, 4.33°C water + 6.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 47:00 (Russia)
176 Sergio Salomone on 31 Oct 2015, 3.90°C water + 3.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 24:23 (Argentina)
177 Robert Kingery on 21 Nov 2015, 4.17°C water + -5.30°C air for 1.07 miles in 28:05 (United States)
178 Sarah Thomas on 21 Nov 2015, 4.57°C water + -1.10°C air for 1.10 miles in 27:07 (United States)
179 Padraig Mallon on 12 Dec 2015, 4.1°C water + 1.00°C air for 1.00 mile in 26:24 (Ireland)
180 Renata Nováková on 13 Dec 2015, 4.2°C water + 4.00°C air for 1.01 miles in 24:54 (Czech Republic)

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The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
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2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac



An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
https://www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com/preview-open-water-swimming-almanac


The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.

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