links to European swimming federations and interesting O.W.S. sites
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.
Divided in two age groups (14-16 years and 17-18 years), boys and girls will took the plunge in races of 5km for the youngest category and 7.5km for the oldest.
Apart from individual events, a 3km Team Event composed of three swimmers was also organized for both age categories.
The open water swimming season came to an end with the Gozo channel swims, organised by Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club and sponsored by Festina Watches.
A flotilla took over the stretch of sea between the islands as boats of all types escorted the 92 swimmers racing towards the finishing buoy in Marfa.
The prevailing swell, particularly near Comino, prevented all swimmers achieving their pre-set targets. However, only two failed to finish the race.
Eleven swimmers took part in the 11-kilometre race starting from Marfa, proceeding towards Ras il-Qala in Gozo and back to the starting point.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame fills a wave-shaped building with a collection so vast, it overflows into the pool shop’s attic. I expect photos, medals and back stories related to superstars whose strokes I’m still trying to emulate, from Fort Lauderdale-based swimming/diving legend Katherine Rawls to nine-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz. It’s the surprises that anchor me here for hours.
read all on: http://www.washingtonpost.com
Earlier this summer, southern England was blessed with unusually warm weather and a number of our gravel pit lakes hit 25 degrees Celsius, which isn’t far short of what you find in a heated indoor pool. Wearing wetsuits in water this temperature is (in my opinion) quite uncomfortable, especially when the sun is beating down. It’s possibly even dangerous. So why do so many people continue wearing their wetsuits when the water is so warm? - See more at: http://www.h2openmagazine.com/blogs/how-much-do-you-need-train-your-wetsuit/#sthash.kje9QRmK.dpuf
Earlier this summer, southern England was blessed with unusually warm weather and a number of our gravel pit lakes hit 25 degrees Celsius, which isn’t far short of what you find in a heated indoor pool. Wearing wetsuits in water this temperature is (in my opinion) quite uncomfortable, especially when the sun is beating down. It’s possibly even dangerous. So why do so many people continue wearing their wetsuits when the water is so warm?
The current chief editor and the driving force behind the specialized open water magazine H2 Open Water Magazine, Simon Griffiths, has kindly accepted our invitation to participate in the Cala Montgó Swim Festival next September 20-21 in the 12km distance. Simon, a keen and restless athlete, did his first triathlon in 1988 and, after qualifying for several championships in this discipline, founded and launched the world's first and only dedicated open water swimming magazine.
Renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has become the first person to swim the Seven Seas.
Lewis completed his final swim from Southend-on-Sea up to the Thames Barrier, breaking the swim into three lengths – Southend to Gravesend on the 28th August and Gravesend to the Thames Barrier on the 29th August. It took him 8hrs and 12 minutes.
Belgian Rikeman Brian is the winner of this year's 28th edition of the Ohrid Swimming Marathon, which swim within the Grand Prix Series World Swimming Federation (FINA). The track "climate Savin 'long 30 km ride Rikeman January for exactly 5 hours, 41 minutes and 47 seconds. In a dramatic finish he managed to triumph over other five swimmers in that group almost simultaneously spent the last checkpoint at Kaneo.
After the race, clearly sat- Rikeman said:
"Good and tense race to the end. Lucky I stayed on top and along with Eugene entered the Pop Acev fotofinish where judgments fitness. Course I'm happy, and next year will come in Ohrid to compete with other swimmers ".