609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)

An Open Water Swimming Pioneer - Harry Huffaker

The original blog was posted (with picture) on partnersite 10k swimmer since Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dr. Harry Huffaker, shown on left at the age of 50 after 18 hours in the channels in Hawaii, has had a remarkable open water swimming career where he has achieved an incredible numbers of successes, but nearly always after dramatically disappointing failures.

Throughout his career, Harry faced scary night swims, sharks, jellyfish, massive ocean swells and extremely strong currents during unprecedented swims in the tropical waters of Hawaii, but he always fought back and returned to conquer the major channels of the Hawaiian Islands.

During his 1967 Molokai Channel swim, Harry saw a large shark and was going to immediately get out, but when he looked for the support boat, the shark was between him and his boat, which was too far away for an easy escape. Fortunately, the shark swam away - as did Harry towards his goal which he finally reached after 16+ hours.

Don't You Get Cold?

The original blog is posted on OG Attempts the English Channel since Sunday 11/22/09

The water temperature has begun to descend on its annual glide path to a landing somewhere in the low 50’s or high 40’s Fahrenheit. There are a couple of signs the temperature is dropping aside from the wall gauge at the Dolphin Club and the digital thermometer at the Kebbe buoy. As the water becomes more frigid, the chirping increases. Some of the swimmers have thermometers on their watches. A common refrain arises as one individual encounters another known to carry this equipment. “What did you get on your watch today?” Each winter, members from both clubs interpolate these assorted measures to establish a consensus calibration.

19k river swim: Bhagirathi

aster Ajeya Moghe (16 years) climbed proudly on the podium; where he stood 3rd in the 19 K River Bhagirathi Race in West Bengal. The said race was conducted in conjunction with annual 81 K Race. Ajeya was not trained at all for the marathon swim this year as he has been very busy in attending various pool competitions. However, fully focused & determined, narrowly missed first & second place behind an Olympian from Bangladesh. His 2hrs 11 min was good enough to wind Bronze medal. All three swimmers touch the land within 60 Sec. barrier.

Just two days after Ajeya won 3 Individual Gold Medals in all Back Stroke Events in Senior State Championships reserving his berth for Sr. Nationals. He also kept on winning many Gold Medals in competitions at various levels including 3 Silvers at School Nationals. Ajeya so far has swum 30 Marathon events/attempts in his career.

CS&PF: ratified channel swims of 2009


157 solo and relay swim 1-way attempts -- 112 successful swims = 71% success rate
97 x solo 1 -way crossing -- 61 successful + 1 x 2-way successful swim = 63
1- way crossings & 65% success rate
25 x 1- way 6 person standard relays -- 22 successful
30 x 1-way special relays -- 27 successful
58 relays in total -- 52 successful a 90% success rate

SOLO SWIMS E/F      Hrs mins secs

Shelley Taylor Smith: Attitude Is Everything

The original article is posted on Feel-for-the-water since Sunday, November 29, 2009

Six weeks ago on Feel For The Water we featured a special guest post by Shelley Taylor Smith. The post was so well received that we've twisted Shelley's arm and got her back for part two - an inspirational story from her swimming career which you can read below.

An interesting fact when you read this: Shelley swam the 90km from Sydney to Wollongong at an average of 88 strokes per minute. Those of you benefiting from training with a Wetronome will know that's an amazingly high rate to hold for 12 hours!

Shelley is an open water swimming legend – a 7 time World Champion and 5 time winner of the mighty 48km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. Known for her mental toughness and fearsome competitiveness, she’s an inspirational figure to many people around the world. See why below!

(You can read Shelley's first post on Feel For The Water here.)

Swim Smooth!

Johnny Weissmuller, An Open Water Swimming Hero

The original article is posted (with picture) on partnersite 10k swimmer since Saturday, November 14, 2009

Although he is best known as Tarzan and one of the greatest pool swimmers of all time with 5 Olympic gold medals and one bronze, Johnny Weissmuller was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1970.

Johnny's longest open water swim was the 3.2K (2 miles) Chicago River Race. But, even more importantly, Johnny accepted an assignment as the International Commissioner of Marathon Swimming and represented the sport of marathon swimming and the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation for which we are extraordinarily grateful.

Open Water Opportunities For All. IPC world championship

The International Paralympic Committee conducted its first 5K open water world championship swim in Mar de Plata, Argentina in 2003.

The second International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships to have a 5K race was in Durban, South Africa in 2006.

We are looking forward to the next IPC world championship 5K race in the Netherlands in 2010.

The 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will be held at the E3 beach in Eersel where the competition will be open class (meaning that athletes from different handicap classes will compete against one another).

Minimum Age Requirements For Marathon Swimming

The original article is posted on partnersite 10k swimmer since Tuesday, November 3, 2009

We read a recent article about 10-year-old Swapnali Yadav, nicknamed in India as the 'Little Mermaid', who completed the 10K Bermuda Round the Sound Open Swim in October. This article reported that Swapnali was chosen by world governing body FINA to participate and represent India in the Bermuda Round the Sound Swim, organized by the Bermuda Swimming Association under the aegis of FINA.

The Bermuda Round the Sound Swim is not an event sanctioned or organized by FINA, but is instead produced and organized by 2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Randy Nutt who does a masterful job hosting this annual event.

South Africans excel in icy Alaskan island extreme cold water swim race

The original article is posted (with pictures) on LeapCommunications.

Two South Africans tied for third place and five others completed one of the world’s longest cold water swim races, 13.2km around a remote island off Alaska on Sunday, characterized by the presence of Humpback whales.

Renowned Capetonian extreme swimmers Kieron Palframan and Ryan Stramrood, both 35, surged through a field of 50 solo and relay participants in the Pennock Island Challenge, in south western Alaska, to tie for third in a time of 3h26 min while their teammates all completed the race in what they termed “respectable” times.

The water temperature varied from 14 to 15 degrees along the route while the air temperature was a chilly 12 degrees.

All seven South Africans were among 14 of the 43 entrants who did not wear wetsuits and three of them, Ram Barkai, 51, Andrew Chin, 40, and Toks Viviers, 47, were the only swimmers to participate without caps which are vital to retaining body heat.