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Adventurer set to finish round-Britain swim

Ross Edgley is poised to become the first swimmer to complete the 1,780-mile circumnavigation of the mainland.

Adventurer Ross Edgley is poised to become the first swimmer to complete a circumnavigation of Great Britain.

The 33-year-old, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, will be joined for the final mile of his 1,780-mile (2,864km), 155-day Great British Swim around the mainland by 300 swimmers in Margate on Sunday.

SHOUT FROM THE STANDS: MY FIRST MARATHON SWIM

This “Shouts from the Stands” submission comes from Elizabeth Fehr, a member of the Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts. 

I moved to Rhode Island three years ago, and up until that point I had never heard of open water swimming. I can still remember the warm August evening when my friend and I were walking down the beach, our eyes on the ocean. Then suddenly I saw something black out in the water—way out. Curious I stared harder, and pointed out the strange figures that were moving around buoys nearly halfway out to sea. “What is that?” I asked her. “Are they dolphins?”

Michael P. Read, MBE to Receive the 2019 Poseidon Award

FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize
Michael P. Read, MBE for his high-level achievement in marathonswimming with the 2019 Poseidon Award.  The Award will be presented to Michael, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, on March 9th in Melbourne Australia. 

5 Amazing Races in Auckland – Auckland Central Masters Swim Season Preview

There’s a lot of open water swimming action coming up in Auckland, New Zealand.  With the GSS actions shifting to primarily Southern Hemisphere racing, we’ve turned our attention to a very busy season ahead in New Zealand.  Last season, the New Zealanders were right up there in the Global Rankings and with 12 upcoming races you can bet a few of them will be back up there battling for top spots!

Frenchman Attempting to Swim Across the Pacific Is Seeing Plastic Every 5 Minutes

Nearly twenty years to the day since embarking on a historic swim across the Atlantic, French swimmer Benoît Lecomte left Choshi, Japan back in June headed toward San Francisco. Already 136 days and over 1,400 nautical miles into what was originally planned to be a 180-day journey, Lecomte hopes to be the first man to successfully swim over 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean, and in the process, he’s raising awareness about plastic pollution.

WILD SWIMMING IN SLOVENIA WITH THE MAN WHO CONQUERED THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST RIVER

It is not too much to say that Martin Strel is the strongest man I have ever met. And when I say strong I don’t mean in the muscular, Hercules-esque sense of the word; I mean strong as in indestructible.

The 63-year-old Slovenian might be a little rotund of frame but he’s also one of the most elite endurance athletes in the world. This unlikely hero is the greatest marathon swimmer to have lived, holding successive Guinness World Records and claiming the accolade of being the only man to have swum five of the greatest rivers on the planet: the Yangtze, Paraná, Mississippi, Danube and Amazon. 

Gertrude Ederle: the first woman to swim the English Channel #History

In 1926, 19-year-old New Yorker Gertrude Ederle made history by becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel – and in a faster time than the five men who had already achieved the feat. Writing for History Extra, Gavin Mortimer shares the remarkable story of Ederle’s swim and how she inspired a generation of sporting women…

Swim team braves pollution to dive into Gaza waters

BEIT LAHIA, Palestinian Territories: On one of the world's most polluted coastlines, 30 young Palestinians dive head first into the sea off the Gaza Strip, their minds filled with dreams of Olympic glory.

Aged between 11 and 16, they make up a rare swimming club in the Palestinian enclave, and perhaps its only mixed-sex one.

Michelle Macy Enters International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

Michelle Macy's accomplishments in the open water swimming world are lengthy and were officially recognized by her peers today.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame announced that Macy will be inducted as an Honor Swimmer in its Class of 2019, joining other celebrated heroes and heroines.

Legendary sea-swimmer Theodore Yach dies aged 60

South Africa’s most renowned open water sea swimmer‚ Theodore Yach‚ has died at the age of 60.

In 2016‚ Yach completed his 100th swim between Robben Island and the Cape Town shoreline‚ saying he was getting quicker thanks to dietary advice from Tim Noakes‚ a leading advocate of low-carbohydrate high-fat nutrition.

What Happens to Your Body on a Long-Distance Swim

Ross Edgley, a British athlete and fitness enthusiast, is currently on a mission to swim 2,000 miles around the coast of Great Britain. That means spending 12 hours a day in cold, sea jelly–filled currents. The feat has been a dream of his since childhood, and after talking to rowers and gauging his ability to work with tides, Edgley realized it just might be possible. “People have run around Great Britain, they’ve sailed around it, they’ve cycled around it, but no one has ever swam all the way around,” he says.

Long Beach swimmer sets records as he makes seventh swim between Catalina and Long Beach

As he approached the shore early Monday morning, Hank Wise knew he had a chance to set the record.

The 50-year-old Long Beach native had set off from the Catalina shore seven hours before, making his record-breaking seventh swim between the island and Long Beach. But perfect conditions put him in position to break the record for the fastest swim from Catalina to the mainland by a male athlete.

2019 EUROPEAN OPEN WATER WORLD CUP LOCATIONS, DATES ANNOUNCED

The European Swimming League Bureau met on October 13th in Amsterdam, where they agreed on the frequency, locations and dates of the 2019 Open Water World Cup.

Great turnout for the start of the Eastern Cape Open Water Swim Series

The Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) open water swimming season kicked off on Sunday morning with the first round of the provincial Swim Series taking place at the pristine Marina Martinique, home of the SA Open Water Swimming National Championships in 2019.

Over 100 swimmers from around the Eastern Cape took full advantage of the opportunity to secure early qualification times for the season with great swimming conditions on the morning with water temperatures permitting wetsuit legal races.

What`s your workout? The Next Big Swim After the English Channel

Living in San Francisco, Randy Edwards was always intrigued by the idea of swimming to Alcatraz Island. In 2009 he signed up to swim the 2-mile crossing with a colleague, having never done any swimming outside a pool or a pond.

“I think it’s always important, both physically and mentally, to have a challenge planned,” he says. “Once I committed, there was no turning back.”

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