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Heiloo 2013-11-08 It's time for 24h pool, dips and winterswimming events
Heiloo 2013-10-10 A new record and the year isn't over
Heiloo 2013-08-12; in 1 weekend 82 events gone but still 437 left in 2013
Heiloo 2013-07-29; Over 1500 events mid-year!
By Scott Zornig
|Gaviota Pier – our first pier|
This summer, we started a very unusual swim or rather, set of swims. A few swimming friends decided to swim around every
ocean based pier in the State of California skipping only the 35+ piers in San Francisco Bay. We started on August 17th and finished our pier safari on November 17th. Although it was never our intent to become the “first” or see how fast we could accomplish the feat, we swam around 73 piers in 93 days.
In total, Lynn Kubasek, Ray Medtvelt and I subjugated 73 piers….logging 35 miles of swimming, 50 miles of walking, 90 hours of driving, 20 hours of boating and 30 solid hours of shivering (Ray actually stopped after reaching his goal of 60 piers). We swam in water as cold as 47 degrees in Northern California and as warm as 72 degrees in the Southern portion of the state. Although this endeavor could never be classified as a marathon or channel swim, we elected to follow English Channel rules and swim without any artificial warming devices. In other words, we did not use wetsuits.
There are still some places available for the Easter OW training camp dates set in April 11-18.
The training camp is aimed at either amateurs swimmers who would like to partake in the long-distance challenge or at swimmers who find it sufficient to participate in one competition a year. Each participant will be placed in a group depending on his/her level and previous open water swimming experience. Since the training camp is thought for 8 participants maximum, we can easily adapt to the individual needs of each of them.
In 2014 there are at the moment 2 Channel Swims planned for a good cause.
the Diabetes UK Channel Swim Relay 2014 planned July - September and the Aspire Relay Channel Swim planned August - September.
To complement the already highly successful and well sponsored TORQ Performance MTB Racing Team, Triathlon Team and Trail Running Team, TORQ are now searching for, and accepting applications for, podium placing athletes to be selected for the TORQ Performance Swimming Team for the 2014 season.
TORQ’s existing athletes are all non professionals (i.e. their sport is not their main source of income) but all race and perform in their individual disciplines at an Elite level, constantly looking to win, always placing highly and constantly striving to be the best they can physically be. In addition to performing well and winning, they also have a reputation for being, not only the best at their game, but also some of the most respected and well mannered on the circuits they race within.
Open-water swimming, or swimming as our grandparents called it, is not a sport for the faint-hearted.
Seriously. Plunging into punishingly cold water can cause coronary arrest. And on those few occasions I've braved the waters of Loch Lomond for a swim, death has - for minute or two - had its attractions.
The worst thing about wild swimming is, weirdly, the getting out. You stumble, shuffle. Legs jelly, body shivering, hands numb, tongue swollen. Then there's the fight between keeping a towel on and taking if off to get something warmer on. Fumbling fingers struggle to pull socks on. Modesty is thrown away; thick clothes are thrown on. It's much, much worse in a gale.
Nor is getting in particularly fun either. Standing on a pier a few feet above the cold, black water, wearing nothing but trunks and a swimming cap, it all feels so very, very wrong. It's going to hurt …
A Bradford woman has been awarded three trophies for breaking world records in swimming the English Channel as part of a relay team.
Long-distance swimmer Dee Llewellyn and her five team mates were presented with the awards by the Channel Swimming Association at a ceremony in Dover.
The all-female team swam from Dover to Calais and back again in 18 hours and 13 minutes, which broke the British record by 54 minutes and shaved nine minutes off the world record.
a forum member on marathonswimmers.org wrote concerning a Wall Street Journal article:
Ms. Nyad again does a masterful job of manipulation.
Ms. Nyad framed the issue of her swim as only the use of the stinger suit – completely ignoring the bigger issues of how she was able to swim three times her normal speed for extended periods of time and that no publically available information supports her magical current claim. Never mentions that there are photos of her receiving buoyancy support and being touched. No explanation at all regarding her lack of credible Observers.
Sharon Terlep from Wall Street Journal writes about Diana Nyad's regrets regarding the remarks she made in the past about Walter Poenisch.
I think it's Too little too late.
In the past DN publicly depicted Poenisch as a cheater. She knows how to use the media for her own benefits. If she was man enough she would have made her statements this time also very public on the Oprah show or at those news shows she used after her own swim.
A wild boar which has been on the loose in Alderney for more than a month is thought to have swum there from the nearby (11km) French coast.
The boar found its way into a pig farm on Friday but, when approached, escaped by jumping over a 1m (3ft) stock fence.
Farm owner Tess Woodnutt said she would not have believed the animal could jump so high from a standing start, if she had not seen it with her own eyes.
Islanders have dubbed the boar "ghost pig", as it has only been seen at dusk.
Mrs Woodnutt said she first became aware of the boar on 27 September, when she was on holiday and received a call from a fellow islander saying one of their 40 pigs had escaped.
Her son Jake immediately went to the farm and soon established no pigs were missing.