Counting cost of Great North Swim cancellation


THE cancellation of the Great North Swim disappointed thousands of swimmers as well as local traders.

Over 9,000 competitors had signed up for what would have been the third annual one mile race from Low Wood marina.

One swimmer who decided to stay in the area was Sarah Findley, 28, from Leeds, who was to swim in the event to raise money for the Stroke Association.

She said: “I got a text and an e-mail on Friday to say it had been postponed.

North Channel Swim Report


Club member Kieran Fitzgerald recently formed part of the support crew for Annemarie Ward's successful north channel swim. This invovles swimming from Ireland to Scotland and is as daunting as it sounds with only 10 crossings to date. It's rated as more difficult than the English Channel which puts it into perpective, it really is a massive achievement reported in the national press and further. The main challenges are the low water temperature, currrents and jellyfish which can be found in massive numbers in those waters. Swimmers cannot wear wetsuits and rely on grease (goose fat i think) to provide some insulation.

Water swimming: Nejib Belhedi, a Tunsian name for an international Trophy


Lt. Colonel Nejib, a Channel Swimming Association representative and promoter for the Dialog Across the Seas, shared the story of the Belhedi Trophy and its relationship to the Maghreb countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania and the Western Sahara.

"In my preparation for this Channel attempt, the Tunisian Ministry of Defence provided its support by allowing me to train and attempt different marathon swims in the Mediterranean Sea."

Serpentine Ladies complete Loch swim... without any help from Nessie!

Serpentine Ladies complete Loch swim...

without any help from Nessie!  source:

British woman is slowest person to swim the Channel completing crossing in 28 hours 44 minutes


As a self-confessed "slow swimmer" Jackie Cobell knew when she set out to cross the English Channel that it might take her some time. However, she could hardly have thought she would still be in the water more than a day later.

The 56-year-old inadvertently added more than 40 miles to the feat after being pushed off course by the tides and entered the record books as the slowest person to ever swim the Channel.

In a heroic effort that took 28 hours and 44 minutes to cross from Dover to Calais, she comfortably beat the previous world record holder Henry Sullivan who swam the distance in 26 hours and 50 minutes in 1923.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Royalty?

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival between April 22nd - 25th is going to host ten of the world's best open water swimmers in a three-day extravaganza of open water excellence in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

First off on Day One will be the 7K Bell Buoy Challenge, won in 2009 by English Channel world record holder Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria and world 5K champion Melissa Gorman of Australia (shown on left). With over R60,000 (US$8,250) in cash prize, the event will draw some pretty strong swimmers from all continents who will showcase their talents in front of an estimated 600,000 spectators over the weekend.

On Day Two, there will be the World Ocean Swim, part of the Ocean Racing Series World Championships.

On Day Three, the always exciting King of the Bay and Queen of the Bay which is an elimination heat race with R29,000 (US$4,000) up for grabs in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Diana Nyad's Swim For The Ages

Why at 61, Diana Nyad is going to take a swim that people half her age wouldn't attempt.

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At the age of 30, Diana Nyad though she had accomplished everything she ever wanted to in the water. Not only was she the first woman to swim around Manhattan island, she broke the men's record in the process – traversing the isle in less than eight hours.

In 1979 she set another world record swimming from Bimini in the Bahamas to Jupiter, Florida. The one achievement that eluded her during her reign as the world's best known long distance swimmer was a swim from Havana to Key West. She had tried it in 1978 but failed, blaming her demise on bad weather and poor planning by the excursion's navigator.

WA gran swims English Channel

The original article is posted on (with pictures) since August 10, 2010 12:43PM

A PERTH grandmother who has become the oldest woman to swim the English Channel says thinking of the special people in her life kept her going during the crossing.

No Solo Marathon Swim Exceptions - Even With Sharks

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 If there is anyone in the open water swimming world who knows about the dangers of swimming with sharks, it is Linda Kaiser, one of Hawaii's most accomplished marathon swimmers and a member of the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame.

The 58-year-old is the most prolific channel swimmer in Hawaii where 40 different species of sharks of all sizes and shapes, including the occasionally aggressive Great White Sharks, Tiger sharks and Gray Reef sharks, roam with freedom and have approached Linda on more than a few occasions.

News from Brazil: Travessias

This news letter was sent on August 28, 2010 meets...Keri-Anne Payne

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 Author: Andrew Allen
Open water swimming; the only sport where the threat of red and yellow cards for violent conduct exist in tandem with the danger of wayward choppy waves, pesky seaweed, poisonous jelly fish stings and gut-wrenching fatigue. It doesn’t sound that appealing does it?
Alas, for Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne it is a way of life and one at which she excels. The 22-year-old shot to prominence two years ago when she won the silver medal in the 10km event at the 2008 Olympic Games and has since ensconced herself at the top of her event by winning the World Championships in Rome last year.

Man prepares to celebrate his 76th birthday by swimming the length of Winnipesaukee

The original article is posted on Citizen

Thursday, August 19, 2010

George Brunstad of Meredith is prepping to next week become the oldest person to swim the length of Lake Winnipesaukee while behind the scenes, organizers of the swim, which will benefit the Children's Auction, have assembled several great other reasons to support his historic endeavor.

Already the oldest person to swim the English Channel at the age of 70-years and four days on Aug. 28-29, 2004, Brunstad, who moved to the Lakes Region with his wife Judy several years ago following a career as a pilot for American Airlines, is scheduled to hit the waters of the Big Lake around 10 p.m. next Tuesday in Center Harbor and to complete his 22 mile journey some 18 hours later — on his 76th birthday — in Alton Bay.

Zukunft auf den längeren Strecken

The original article is posted (with picture) on Algemene Zeitung

Von Sigrid Kaselow

PORTRÄT 15-jähriger Schwimmer Denis Bogasiu vom SSV Bingen hat großes Potenzial

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Young channel swimmers break team world record


A RECORD-BREAKING team of swimmers have said their gruelling crossing of the English Channel is the proudest moment of their young lives.

The Bristol English Channel Swim Team (Best) broke the world record for being the youngest team – all aged 12 – ever to swim the famous feat of endurance.

Months of gruelling cold-water training paid off when they completed the 21-mile relay in the hours of darkness last Saturday morning.

The crossing took the team 13.5 hours, during which time they had to contend with night-swimming, strong waves and currents, while watching out for jellyfish, passing ships and floating debris.

Team member Lewis Clarke, of Bishopston, said: "It was amazing to finally do it after all the hard training. We're all so proud of what we've done."