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.

Arctic training ground - Duo swam Coney waters in preparation for Magellan strait

The original article (with picture) by Gary Busio is posted on YourNabe since 2009-02-09.

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind.

This is where the past two winters spent in the frigid waters off Brighton Beach and Coney Island would pay off for Rachel Golub and Cristian Vergara, two New Yorkers determined to make a rare crossing of the 2.4-mile long Strait of Magellan.

“You don’t get nervous,” said Golub, a 32-year-old violinist and freelance writer from Queens. “You train so you don’t get tired. You tell yourself, ‘I am training my body to be able to keep going, no matter what.’”

Channel race revived after half a century

The original article by Doug Gillon is posted on The Herald since 2009-02-05

It is one of sport's more exclusive clubs, but there is hardly a queue for membership. Little wonder. You have to smear yourself in various types of noisome grease, and seasickness and being stung by jellyfish are just two of the perks.

We are talking about swimming the Channel, a quaint eccentricity founded by the English. It attained such popularity that it became an annual race, but it has been defunct for 50 years - until today.

It's being revived, with details being announced in London. Eight men and six women, the world's fastest endurance swimmers, will take the plunge at Dover during the spring tide window in mid-August. Two relay teams will compete the next day.

Jennifer Figge, 56, Becomes First Woman to Swim Atlantic

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on 10k swimmer since 2009-02-07

Jennifer Figge reached Chacachacare Island in Trinidad on Thursday, February 5th after taking off from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa on January 12th. After replenishing her escort boat fuel and supplies, she will start swimming to the British Virgin Islands on the last leg of her journey starting Monday.

Photo shows Jennifer in conditions that she swam in daily ranging between 21 minutes and 8 hours depending on the conditions.

We are currently trying to confirm how many kilometers she swam versus the length of time she spent on her escort boat during her adventure.

Swimmers wanted for Lake Baikal

Dear swimmer,

It is great to hear your response to the announcement on and related post on facebook about Lake Baikal swim!

My coach Sergey Lenivkin, my swimming friends and I, Pavel Kuznetsov, organise an exceptional event.

We are looking for a group of 10-15 people to make a pilot swim tour around Baikal last week of July (25 July - 1 August) of this year.

You may see two possible alternative routes around Baikal we are thinking about at the moment.

Dear swimmer,

More Great Channel Swim details

The original article (with pictures) by Steven Munatones is posted on 10k swimmer since 2009-02-03.

Nova International, organizers of major elite and mass participation sporting events, will revive one of the world’s classic races: the Great Channel Swim between England and France.

The roots of modern channel swimming go back to 1875 when Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to successfully swim the channel from England to France in a time of 21 hours and 45 minutes.

In the 1950's, the world's best marathon swimmers were recruited to take part in the first Daily Mail International Cross-Channel Swimming Race. 

Channel swim race planned this summer

The original article (with picture of Kevin Murphy) by Graham Tutthill is posted on Kent Online 1.00am Thursday 5 February 2009.

The Channel swim races of the 1950s are to be revived this year, and it could result in a major boost for Dover's economy.

Nova International, the organisation behind the Great North Run and other prestigious sporting events, has revealed plans for a swimming race this summer involving a limited number of elite swimmers.

With the possibility of some of the top names in open water swimming from around the world coming to Dover, the town could be in for a tourism boost as hundreds of spectators head for the port to watch the event.

Book review: Swimming To Antarctica

The original review about Lynn Cox swim in Antarctic waters is posted on MBB since 2009-02-23

Cross-Channel swimming race is back, but this one-arm wonder is a tough act to follow

The original article (with pictures) by

It was 2am and all was dark apart from the glow of a lantern on the rowing boat that was to be Eileen Fenton’s constant companion for the next 15 hours. As she set off on her journey from Cap Gris Nez, near Calais, the water was cold, the air crisp and the challenge substantial.

On that morning in August 1950, Fenton, a 21-year-old religious studies teacher from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, was one of 24 swimmers, a third of them women, taking part in the first cross-Channel swimming race.

A Rare Crossing of the Strait of Magellan -- January 28, 2009


LOS ANGELES, California, January 28. RACHEL Golub, Cristian Vergara, Scott Lautman and Mark Lautman completed a rare crossing of the 2.4-mile Strait of Magellan on Jan. 21 in low 40°F water (4°C).

The Strait of Magellan is the most important natural passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, and lies south of mainland Chile and north of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. The strait is a very difficult route to cross because of the inhospitable climate and extremely cold water.

The four started together and encountered an armada of Magellanes dolphins and penguins en route. Scott Lautman finished first in 1 hour 18 minutes followed by his brother Mark in 1 hour 38 minutes. Vergara was next in 1 hour 50 minutes. Golub finished in 1 hour 53 minutes after being tossed about in a whirlpool.

Golub, Vergara and Scott Lautman braved the cold sea without wetsuits.

Captain Matthew Webb: first man to swim channel

The original article by Doug Gillon is on The Herald since 2009-01-19

HE was the archetypal English hero of yesteryear, darling of the media which described him in 1875 as "probably the best-known and most popular man in the world".

Open Water Swimming: Measuring Marathon Runs and Marathon Swims

The original article by Steven Munatones (with pictures) is on 10k swimmer website since 2009-01-19.

We were discussing differences between the worlds of marathon swimming and marathon running with double Olympic medalist Bob Seagren who runs numerous large marathon runs and open water swims.

Measuring a marathon running course is done by counter hooked to a bicycle . The precise calculation of the 42.195K or 26 miles 385 yards and is a time-consuming process.

 Notwithstanding the popular GPS (global positioning systems) used by travelers worldwide, GPS is not used in the marathon running world. Details of the process used are found here. In the U.S., courses are certified by USA Track & Field authorized measurers.

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.

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