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In praise of wild swimming

The original article by Margaret McCartney (with pictures) is posted on FT since March 21 2009 00:33

Indoor swimming pools have many attractions. Heated and disinfected water, private changing space, and even the occasional Jacuzzi on the side. So why would anyone want to swim outdoors? Britain’s seas and rivers are often shockingly cold, and they are also inhabited by all manner of incontinent marine life. Add in the constant threat of exposure to chill winds and rain, and you do not have the ideal ingredients for a pleasant swim. Yet I must confess that I share the enthusiasm of the swimmers of Sandycove near Dublin, who are pictured here.

Channel races of the 1970's

The original article (with pictures of the original swims) is posted on 10k swimmer

The Great Channel Swim, one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims, will debut on August 19th this year, but there was another series of English races held 30 years ago that were organized by the Saudi Arabian Swimming Federation with the Channel Swimming Association. The races were sponsored by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz who was a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Apparent shark bite ends Maui man's channel swim

The original article by Brian Perry is posted on Honolulu Advertiser since Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WAILUKU — Something, most likely a cookie-cutter shark, took a bite out of Mike Spalding's left calf Monday night as he was attempting to swim the nearly 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel from the Big Island to Maui.

Cannibals in the Channel

original: 10kswimmer.com

The Discovery Channel produced a fascinating look at Paul Hopfensperger's 13 hour 52 minute crossing of the English Channel in 2007 for a program called The Human Body: Strength - Endurance.

The Discovery Channel described the production as, "Push it to the limit and your body will hit the wall and then start to cannibalise itself..." Paul's charity challenge across the Channel was sponsored and filmed by Dangerous Films Ltd.

http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/video/human-body-strength-endurance video-link

(Hoffy is an registered user at openwaterswimming.eu . Niek)

Swimming suit rules are sexists, says Sweden's Therese Alshammar

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar disqualified over suit law

posted Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:43pm AEDT on http://www.abc.net.au
Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar has been disqualified for swimming in two suits at the Australian Swimming Championships.
She has also been stripped of the world record she set in this morning's heats of the 50 metres butterfly.
Australian coach Alan Thompson says Alshammar can only wear one suit in competition under a new Swimming Australia by-law.
Swimming Australia says Alshammar has appealed against the decision.
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What to Wear? Fina's new swimwear decisions

The original article by Steven Munatones (with pictures) is posted on 10k-swimmer since 2009-03-14.

At the FINA Bureau meeting in Dubai on March 12-14, FINA adopted the Dubai Charter, a highly anticipated policy statement on swimwear.

As the world governing body for aquatic sports, FINA has the authority to issue regulations and ruling for international competitions in open water swimming, pool swimming, water polo,  synchronized swimming and diving - and has influence over other governing bodies. FINA's authority extends to the specifications that govern all equipment, including the new swimsuits that have caused anxiety and concern among coaches, parents and administrators while leading to many records at the international, national, collegiate and masters levels.

The doggedness of the long-distance swimmer

source: Novato Advance
original @ Novato Advance
by Sheila Masson
date: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:18 PM PDT

There is a peacefulness that can be felt as you swim underwater, the tiny silver air bubbles streaming past your face and the throbbing of your blood pumping through your veins. As you surface, you feel the surge of the waves, the sea spray on your face and the sharp glints of light in your eyes. You kick sharply and pull hard to propel yourself through the dark water.

Catheryne Diprete knows this scene well - she has logged thousands of hours in the pool and the San Francisco Bay. A long-distance swimmer who recently swam the entire 31st Annual Trans-Tahoe Relay by herself, (the 11 mile race is typically swum by a six-person team) Diprete is now training to swim Lake Tahoe again -this time lengthwise.

Fina sets standard for high-tech swimsuits

source: Insweep
Feb 21, 2009

After a meeting with representatives of 16 swimwear manufacturers, held in Lausanne on Friday, Fina proposed the following requirements for the new swimsuits:

Cold Water Therapy

The original article (with pictures and further comments) is posted on Mark Sissons blog since 2009-02-19.

You’re in the middle of a nice, hot shower, feeling your muscles relax, the day’s tension (or night’s sleepiness) melt away. As you bask in the quiet moment of repose, suddenly your body gets a startling jolt. After a second of disoriented shock, you realize something has happened to the hot water. Did someone start the washer? Is the water heater going berserk? Your hopes of relaxation now dashed, your stress level through the roof, you finish only the most obligatory rinsing and step out of the shower cursing, muttering and shivering as you reach for your towel.

Open Water Race in the World's Oldest, Deepest, Largest Lake

source: 10kswimmer.com
Pavel Kuznetsov, the first Russian to complete the English Channel, will not only lead the very competitive Russian contingent (Yuri Kudinov and Natalia Pankina) at the Great Channel Swim across the English Channel, but he is also planning an unprecedented race in one of the most unique open water swimming venues in the world.

Pavel will host a 10-18K open water swim in Lake Baikal (the 'rich lake' or the 'Blue Eye of Siberia'), the world’s oldest, deepest and largest lake located in southern Siberia. Lake Baikal contains more water than all of the Great Lakes of North America combined (actually 20% of the world’s freshwater supply). UNESCO declared the lake a World Heritage site due to its stunning bio-diversity.

Open Water Swimming at Altitude in Armenia

Pavel Kuznetsov informed us of Mikael Gevorkyan's 22K unprecedented crossing attempt of Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world.

 The water temperature is expected to be 21 - 22°C (69.8° - 71.6°F), but the altitude is 1,950 meters (6,496 feet) above sea level which will make Mikael's attempt quite a challenge. We wish Mikael the best of luck and look forward to his success.

source: 10kswimmer

Lewis Pugh: The Human Polar Bear

The original article (with picture) by MarK Tutton is posted on CNN since 2009-02-25

What on Earth would drive a man to swim in Arctic waters wearing nothing but Speedos, goggles and a cap?

For Lewis Pugh, it was a love of the environment and a passionate desire to save the Arctic from global warming.

His 1 km swim (0.62 of a mile) in 2007 made him the first person to complete a long-distance swim at the North Pole -- the purpose, to highlight the fact that it was possible to swim for a kilometer in a place that should be solid ice.

Pugh, now aged 39, is a former maritime lawyer who abandoned his practice six years ago to become a full-time environmentalist and adventurer.

Since then he has become the first person to complete long-distance swims in all five of the world's oceans and has become the world's leading cold water swimmer.

Intervju: Martin Strel

The original article (with picture and video) is posted on SiOL

Keep swimming! Hypothermia scare

The original article (with pictures) is posted on Steven Munatones Blog 10k swimmer since 2009-02-18

Cyrise Sanders (nee Calvin) of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club gave us permission to post her first-hand account of a near disaster she faced in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California.

Cyrise is one of the most seasoned open water swimmers in the San Diego area where she has swum in the La Jolla Cove for over 20 years. She swam the Catalina Channel in 1992 and the English Channel in 1994 in 10 hours 50 minutes in 59°F water. She has done countless swims of 2-3 miles by herself in the (generally cold or cool) Pacific Ocean.

This is her first-hand account:

...I want you to know that what happened to me was astounding, shocking, and unfathomable. It could happen to anyone. It could happen to you.

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