Mead to take part in swimming project

The original article (with picture) is published on Pilot News since Thursday, 19 February 2009

PLYMOUTH — Mallory (Cook) Mead will again be swimming nationally.

The “Dialogue Across the Seas” project 2009, the brain child of Channel Swimmer Nejib Belhedi, supported by CSA President Michael Read follows on from the first project in 2007. It is a joint venture between the Channel Swimming Association Ltd. and the Tunisian authorities and most importantly enjoys the encouragement of His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Great challenges are nothing new to English Channel swimmers, but opportunities to put things back into sport, to encourage people to push themselves to new challenges and new limits, to promote healthy activity, to encourage young people to be more active, to demonstrate that sport can be fun, to make and further new friendships with people from other nations, these are challenges too good to resist.

Athlete "gobsmacked" by MBE achievement

he original article (with picture) is on Warrington Guardian since 2009-01-17 | 08:30 AM.

TRANSPLANT games medallist Steve Deakin has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The 47-year-old had kidney transplants in 1984 and 1990 and has received the award after years of raising awareness of the opportunities available to transplant recipients.

In June he took part in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, in San Francisco, swimming for more than 25 minutes in shark infested ice cold water. He also went on to swim the English channel for a second time in 14h 15m.

Steve, who has had both feet amputated, said: “It felt absolutely magnificent to receive the award. Gobsmacked I would say.”

A father-of-three children and two step-children, Steve has competed in the transplant games since 1985. He won five medals for swimming, canoeing and squash at the national transplant games in Sheffield last year.

Robert Vos wins Dutch press photo award

The original article (without the mentioned picture) is on RNW since Sunday 18 January 2009 21:33 UTC

Photographer Robert Vos of the Dutch ANP news agency has won the Zilveren Camera 2008 (Silver Camera 2008). He received the award for his picture of swimmer Maarten van der Weijden immediately after his victory on the men's 10-kilometre open water marathon at the Beijing Olympics.

In the picture, Van der Weijden is being enthusiastically embraced by fellow swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband. The jury spoke of a journalistically perfect photograph telling a story people would still be talking about in 25 years.

photo >>>here<<<

Nutrition Leading up to a 24-hour Marathon Swim

original article at

Nutrition Leading up to a 24-hour Marathon Swim

Cold water preparation: nature or nurture?

t’s cold outside. The water is also cold – freezing cold in many locations. Throughout the winter months, there are a large and growing number of Polar Bear Swims around the world. The swims range from Hawaii (Maui Polar Bear Fin Swim) to Finland (Finnish Winter Swimming Championships).

What is the best way to prepare for these cold-water swims? It reminds us of the nature vs. nurture debate. Modifying this classic debate for our sport, is an open water swimmer’s innate qualities (e.g., body fat percentage, natural ability to withstand cold water, mental toughness, ability to push oneself) more important than the swimmer’s personal experiences (e.g., amount of training and acclimatization to cold water) when determining one’s ability to swim well in cold water?

Pro English Channel Races of the 1950's

The original article (with foto's) by Steven Munatones is on the 10kswimmer website since 2008-01-08.

With the credible rumors that major international races will be held in the English Channel in 2009, it calls to mind the professional English Channel races that were held in the 1950's.

The first race was held in 1950 and was limited to 20 participants from around the world, sponsored by the London Daily Mail. A 41-year-old Egyptian by the name of El-Rheim won the first race in a then-record of 10 hours and 50 minutes over an international field.

In 1951, another Egyptian, 34-year-old Hamad, won the race in 12 hours 12 minutes by just one minute over Frenchman Roger de Morvan who had also placed second in 1950. In addition to France, England and Egypt, swimmers also came from Canada, Argentina, Sweden, Peru, Greece, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Between 1953 and 1959, the pro races across the Channel were sponsored by Billy Butlin of Butlin's Holiday Camps.

"Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar" wish all of you in Dutch: "Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar" and a lot of nice swims.
And remember: Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

Acholi: Mot ki Yomcwing Botwo Me Mwaka Manyen
Adhola: Wafayo Chamo Mbaga & Bothi Oro Manyeni
Aeka: Keremisi jai be
Afrikaans: ‘n Geseënde Kersfees en 'n Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar
Ahtna: C'ehwggelnen Dzaen

Open Water Swimming - For Beginners

I learned to swim in a lake where my family lived, in northern Wisconsin. My siblings and I trained summer workouts in open water since the nearest pool was a thirty minute drive and our back yard was more convenient. Due to this immersion, it did not seem strange when I competed in my first open water race in Seal Beach, California, in my late twenties. Open water swimming has been a never ending adventure. Some of my favorite memories are from swims; leaving from Catalina Island for the California mainland at 1 am on a windless moonlight night, watching the phosphorescence glow as my arm pulled through the water and fish darted below; swimming in tandem with my husband, Dave, silhouetted against the beautiful blue Caribbean water off the coast of St. Lucia. Other memories include the sense of fear before beginning a 42 kilometer race in Newport Vermont, which heads north up Lake Memphremagog towards Canada and a 'foggy' memory (due to mild hypothermia) of finishing in Calais, France after crossing the English Channel.

Advice to new Channel swimmers

Summary of several articles by Michael Oram on Google chat site Channel_swimmers and on


Think what you are doing and keep a diary / log of all your training.
Your keenness might be good but your approach might need a little thought.
Firstly if you are willing to put in the training ( a lot of it) you should be able to physically do the swim. -------
Unfortunately 80% + of the swim is mental attitude. That part you need to get into perspective yourself.
It needs to be positive, positive & positive.
Remember the English Channel is one of - if not - the worlds top open water swim. It has waves, tides, wind, unpredictable weather patterns, lots of shipping and the water is cold (16°-18°C).

Webmaster Richard Broer attempting to swim Strait of Gibraltar

updated 30-09-2008

Richard Broer is in Tarifa, Spain for his attemp to swim the `Strait of Gibraltar` under the rules of the ACNEG.  He will try to swim 30 September with 1, 2 and 3 October as backup dates. All can be followed at if you can understand/read Dutch.

Good luck Richard and think about our slogan.

Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

 2 October at 14.30 hour is his starting time.

Thursday 2008-10-02
Sunrise 6:18 UTC, Sunset 18:04 UTC
Moonrise 9:26 UTC, Moonset 19:28 UTC
High Tide: 3:01 UTC 1.2
Low Tide: 8:26 UTC 0.3
High Tide: 15:12 UTC 1.2
Low Tide: 20:45 UTC 0.3

So his plan is to swim diagonal with the tide and the last part straight south when the tide is low.

Music by the pool invalidates Beijing Olympic swimming Gold medals by Michael Phelps

For full article, photos, references and data tables please visit

Alexei R Koudinov

Did you notice that some swimmers wear earphones and are listening music just before their every Olympic start, at Beijing's Summer Olympiad Water Cube pool deck, be it finals or semifinals? I first noticed that before Michael Phelps first gold swim on August 10: he removed earphones 2 minutes before the start, and he was the only swimmer who worn earphones at the pool deck. During other finals several other swimmers worn headphones. Intriguing scientific evidence testifies: Listening to music improves blood oxygen capacity and is a performance enhancement.

Swimmer hit by 'monster' wake

The original article by Matthew Taylor is posted on The Westmorland Gazette since 10:24am Thursday 23rd July 2009

A BIZARRE swimming incident on Windermere coincided with the announcement that a paranormal investigator will plumb the lake’s depths in search of a giant creature.

Thomas Noblett, 46, was swimming the lake this week when he was suddenly swamped by a three-foot wave of unknown origin.

A spate of eyewitness sightings reported by The Gazette during 2006-2007 described a 50-foot long serpent-like animal surfacing on Windermere.

Psychic Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard, who came to prominence by accurately predicting sports score lines and X factor winners, will hunt for the beast in September.

Mr Noblett trains on the lake for four hours every day in preparation for a channel swim.

1th Crossing Croatia - Italy 121 km

1 ° Crossing Croatia - Italy
Croatia- Veli Rat -- Italy- Porto Recanati 121 km
Crossing Croatia -- Italy
Google translation: Italian - English