144 in 2014 and later

1636 past in 2014 (updated 25-10-'14)

For the organizers of events and other interested parties

For the organizers of events and other interested parties

On Friday 24 October 2014 we upgraded the website from Drupal 6 to 7. It seems to have gone faultless.
But if you miss some things or if you see any mistakes please contact the webmasters.

We have been publishing this website for 6 years now.
We agree that our hobby got a little out of hand. It started with the idea to remove the non-Dutch content from our Dutch Openwater site http://noww.nl . (That site has been online since August 1998, which makes it the oldest Dutch Swimming website.)
Some users there complained - in a nice way - that the Dutch content got snowed under by the international content.

Craig Lord's series on Swimvortex about FINA and Putin

Craig Lord's series on Swimvortex about FINA and Putin

October 14, 2014 - Craig Lord resigned from the FINA Press Commission. No great shakes. The world turns. The group is one of many that provide the international swimming federation with advice on specific themes that ring its world and central role as the global umbrella organisation for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming. All of which feed into the Olympic realm.

Melbourne swimmer sets record for open water swimming in Bahamas

Melbourne swimmer sets record for open water swimming in Bahamas

A Melbourne ultra-marathon swimmer has set a record for open water swimming, in a 42.5 hour journey between two islands in the Bahamas.

Chloe McCardel, 29, swam 126 kilometres unassisted from Lighthouse Beach on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island to Nassau.

If her record is ratified, Ms McCardel will have completed the longest open water, solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in history.

She completed the swim wearing only regulation bathers, a swimming cap and goggles.

Local media and supporters welcomed the exhausted swimmer into Nassau.

5# Travesía del Estartit Islas Medas para la Maratón de TV3, Torroella de Montgrí, Spain

Date: 
Sunday, 2 November, 2014 (All day)

A solidarity and emblematic swim to close a fantastic open water season in the incomparable landscape of the Natural Park of Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter

On November 2, early in the morning, the small L’Estartit beach will hold for 5th year in a row one of the most emblematic events of the Swim The World calendar, the Zoggs L’Estartit Medes Islands for the TV3 Marathon. A solidarity swim where 100% of the profit is donated to the TV3 Marathon, this year dedicated to heart disease.

A battle to walk turns into a long-distance ocean-swimming feat

A battle to walk turns into a long-distance ocean-swimming feat

The doctors had good news and bad news. Kim Chambers braced herself.

“We’ve saved your leg,” they told the San Francisco tech worker. “But it’s unlikely you will walk again.”

The lifelong athlete, who injured her leg in 2007 falling down a staircase, didn’t cry or get depressed. She got competitive.

“I had two choices,” said Chambers, now 37. “I could accept it and be disabled or I could prove them wrong.”

Last month, Chambers swam across the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland, emerging from the 56-degree sea as one of the world’s most elite marathon open-water swimmers. She became the sixth person to complete all seven long-distance ocean swims needed for the Oceans Seven Challenge — a grueling endurance test on seven continents considered the aquatic equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge.

Five years ago, she took up swimming as part of the physical therapy for her leg injury, and in that time she’s pushed her body to the physical and mental brink, crossing the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Tsugaru Strait in Japan. She’s battled exhaustion, hypothermia, toxic jellyfish and mental fatigue — in only a swimsuit.

6 Israelis break world record for longest open-water swim

6 Israelis break world record for longest open-water swim

Israeli relay team swims over 236 miles from Cyprus to Israel to raise awareness about marine pollution • Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz: The fact that the swimmers could tell when they entered Israeli water shows there is work to be done.

A year and a half of training came to an impressive end Saturday morning when six Israeli swimmers -- coach Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Udi Erel, Ben Enosh, Doron Amosi, and Luc Chetboun -- broke the Guinness World Record for the longest open-water relay distance swim.

The six swam 380 kilometers (236 miles) from Paphos port in Cyprus to Herzliya Marina in Israel. The event, titled the Cyprus Israel Swim for Clean Seas, was held in cooperation with Zalul, an Israeli NGO devoted to keeping the sea clean, and dedicated to raising awareness about marine pollution. The six are also members of Zalul's Sea Guardians group.

American Contingent Likely to Boycott if UAE Secures Bid for FINA Open Water World Cup Spot in 2015

American Contingent Likely to Boycott if UAE Secures Bid for FINA Open Water World Cup Spot in 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, October 9. FINA is currently considering a bid by the United Arab Emirates to host a stop on the FINA Open Water World Cup series in 2015, and the United States open water swimming community will not stand for it considering that Fran Crippen became the first swimmer to die during a FINA-recognized event four years ago in Fujairah, UAE.

In an article for ESPN, Bonnie Ford reports that a bid by the UAE was considered by FINA’s Technical Open Water Swimming Committee last month, with two representatives of UAE Swimming currently part of that committee.  Additionally, one of the members of the committee, Ayman Saad of Egypt, oversaw the race in which Crippen died. A final decision will be made during the FINA Aquatics Convention in Doha, Qatar next month.

Chloë McCardel will attempt a World Record breaking 128km open water swim in the Bahamas

Chloë McCardel will attempt a World Record breaking 128km open water swim in the Bahamas

AUSTRALIAN ultra-marathon swimmer 29 year old CHLOË McCARDEL today confirmed her intention to attempt a World Record breaking 128km open water swim in the Bahamas during late October. Taking up to 48 hours to complete, the swim will start from the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera and finish at the island of Nassau. If successful she will have completed the longest solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in open-water in history.

Unlike the cold water swimming that Chloë experienced when undertaking any of her 7 crossings of the English Channel, the warmer waters of Caribbean will diminish the risk of hypothermia, but Chloë will be exposed to heat stress, including dehydration, sharks, possible stinging jelly fish and sunburn.

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