DNOWS Header

Image Map

Friday, March 18, 2016

March Madness In Uruguay

Courtesy of Germán Vaché.

Arturo Santos and Ignacio Bussy are both 41-year-old open water swimmers from Argentina.

In March 2014, Santos and Bussy completed a 9 km triple crossing between Gorriti Island and Punta del Este in Uruguay.

A year later in March 2015, the duo pioneered another 9.5 km crossing from Punta de la Salina to Isla de Lobos in 3 hours 15 minutes, facing currents, sharks, and orcas.

Now for the third year in a row, they will attempt an unprecedented swim, a 25 km two-way crossing between Punta del Este to Isla de Lobos in Uruguay. The charity swim whose window is around March 22nd will support Socobioma.

The expected duration depends largely on the weather conditions and the currents is between 8 to 12 hours. "It is challenging mostly because the strong currents are often unpredictable as well as the orcas, tiger sharks, bull sharks and the male sea lions that can be very territorial. The Isla de Lobos (or the Island of Sea Lions) is the place of the largest population of sea lions in South America (approximately 250,000 animals)."

Last year, their one-way crossing off the coast of Punta del Este to Isla de Lobos was done at night in order to minimize the strong currents.

Socobioma (or Sociedad para la Conservacion de la Biodiversidad de Maldonado) is based in Punta del Este and focuses on marine life preservation, medical treatment of insured marine species, and re-establishment of the natural habitat. "The activities of this foundation have been practically stopped due to the lack of funds while its existence is indispensable. Last winter, we have witnessed a large number of insured or ill animals such as penguins and sea lions on the beaches of the Uruguayan coast which was caused by shipping oil leaks and spills and other kinds of human negligence. This year, we hope to attract more attention to the grave ecological problems of this area."

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

The Staff of the World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

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.

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:

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


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program