DNOWS Header

Image Map

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Swimming In Record Time For A Cure

Courtesy of Josh Heynes, Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association.

33-year-old Greg Vanvolkenburg and younger brother Tom Vanvolkenburg completed a record-setting tandem cross-border swim across Lake Erie on July 31st that was doubly successful.

The duo swam 24 statute miles in memory of their mother and the arthritis community from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East Twp, Pennsylvania, USA.

Josh Heynes, founder of the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association, describes the crossing. "The brothers swam in Force 2-4 winds with waves that started at 1 foot, continued to build to 2-3 feet with a rogue wave of 4-5 feet. They started at 7:04 am and finished 6:19 pm, setting a new Lake Erie course record of 11 hours 15 minutes.

Their crew consisted of escort pilots John Bauman, Mike Green and Carolyn Bauman, kayakers Kevin Carmisino, John Jackson, Gary Karminski, Ryan Brown, Megan Collins, Laura Vanvolkenburg with their father Thomas Vanvolkenburg.

It was an unassisted marathon swim where they drank large water bottles every hour, but after mile 22, they drank flat Coca-Cola and vanilla icing. They swam together the entire time, sometimes rotating who was on left and who was on right after some feedings on a clear, hazy, hot and humid summer day.

The Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and has established the proper local contacts for pilots, kayakers, including U.S. Border Patrol and Customs, along with the U.S. Coast Guard that are in charge of Lake Erie. There is an established 24.3-mile course that begins at the Tip of Long Point, Ontario, Canada and ends in North-East Twp, Pennsylvania."


The brothers, shown together with their mother Debbie above, raised nearly US$120,000 on their record-setting crossing for the Swim For A Cure campaign.

Copyright © 2008-2017 by 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

FREE DOWNLOAD

INSTRUCTIONS:
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...
LEARN 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.
LEARN MORE...

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.

SponsorMySwim.com

Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program