Interview Nadandolibre with Penny Palfrey -Your home is it the planet.. the destiny .. swim and conquer the oceans.

Nadandolibre · We saw your video in Gibraltar swimming with whales, do you think is it possible interacts with big mammals while you swim?

Penny ·I love swimming with Pilot Whales and dolphins, it’s truly an amazing experience, I feel so privileged that they choose to come and swim with me at their own free will. I love to watch them move effortlessly through the water and listen to their songs, squeaks and sounds.
I’ve experienced them in large pods sometimes four deep below me, some as close as the tips of my fingers away. One of my favourite swimming memories is when a mother dolphin brought her pup to see me, they swam beneath me and then turned upside down, we looked at each other eye to eye. There are not too many animals in the world that neither fear nor threaten us. It’s wonderful interacting with them in that way.

Cumbrian charity swim cancelled because 'lives at risk'


A charity swim on Ullswater due to take place today has been cancelled because of a clash over safety concerns.

The managing director of Distant Horizons outdoor centre, who was approached by the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) to run the 10k challenge, was forced to cancel, he says, after the society increased the number of entrants from 100 to 180.

“I explained to them that this was in breach of our original agreement, and that 180 was far too large a number, especially as there had already been three deaths on Ullswater this year,” Jason Beverley, 39, said.

'Custard Man' tastes defeat in Channel swim challenge


A BRAVE cancer survivor who dreamed of swimming the English Channel had his hopes dashed just a mile from the finish line.

Dave Granger of Norton set off on the 21 mile swim at 5.30am last Friday in a bid to complete a lifelong ambition and raise £2,000 for the Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity, of which he is a trustee.

The 53-year-old was faced with a tirade of bad weather from the start and had to contend with medication which made him ill and the side effects of his treatment for throat cancer which causes painful ulcers when in contact with salt water, leaving him unable to swallow solid food.

Limbless man, Philippe Croizon, to swim the English Channel


Philippe Croizon, a man who has no arms and legs, will attempt to swim the English Channel next week.

The Frenchman lost his limbs in an accident 16 years ago and has only taught himself to swim in the last two years.

He will attempt to become the first limbless person to swim the Channel - a distance of 21 miles.

Mr Croizon, 42, will be fitted with prosthetic legs with flippers attached and a snorkel for the challenge.

He is expecting to take up to 24 hours, at a speed of 1.8 miles per hour, to complete it and will take regular one-minute breaks to eat and drink.

Mr Croizan lost his limbs after suffering an electric shock at his home in Saint-Remy-sur-Creuse in west France.

Sociologist becomes part of her own research project as she successfully swims the English Channel


A sociologist at the University of Warwick who is researching the cross channel swimming community has become a part of her own project by successfully completing the gruelling 21 mile swim herself.

Dr Karen Throsby has turned her passion for long distance swimming into an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research project exploring what motivates someone to attempt a channel swim. Her project,  Becoming a Channel swimmer: embodiment and identity in an extreme sporting culture will also look at how the body changes when you train for a marathon swim and what that reveals about the body’s limits.

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?

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Royalty?  source:
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.

Reporting Jim DeFede  source:

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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

The original article is posted on The Daily News of open Water Swimming

 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

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