links to European swimming federations and interesting O.W.S. sites
from the SBCSA Marathon Swimming Newsletter - November 2013 By Scott Zornig
Some marathon swimmers desire to push the boundaries and do their business in virgin water. These people are the trailblazers. Those who have the strength, courage and mental toughness to do something no one on planet earth has ever done. Unfortunately, there are no sanctioning organizations to see that the swim is done according to channel rules. Of course, you are free to do the swim however you chose, but you will never have the respect of the marathon swimming community unless your swim is well documented and you closely follow English Channel rules. Why leave the door open for others to come along and be able to say “he used a wetsuit and shark cage so I am really the first” or “she rested on the boat at night which is a staged swim so I am numero uno”
In the English Channel swimmers cross from England to France with a pilot and an observer from one of the two ratifying organizations we got there,
The rules of both organizations are almost identical with the biggest exception the swim suit and more often than not a swimmer only says: "I swim under English Channel Rules".
One of their Speakers:
President Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club
Sally is going to present a talk she's titled 'Sink or Swim' at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference.
It's about her growing group of young OWSwimmers on Jersey Island. She's been consistentely encouraging her swimming pupils to take to the sea and the fruits of her labour are beginning to turn them into around Jersey relay swimmers. '
News from the Global Open Water Swimming Conference 2013 in Cork, Ireland
Dear Swimmers & Exhibitors,
here's our first offering. It's had a long gestation period but we're only revving up the engines to put together an interesting programme. Swimming around Sandycove Island will be a bonus but hardly attractive enough to get you all to come all the way to Cork in October - even though it's worth it.
We're working on our speakers' line-up at the moment and waiting for replies from a number of them.
Our topics will revolve around:
Hypothermia / Dealing with the cold
Nutrition in Marathon Swimming
The Influence of Environmental Changes on our Open Waters Open Water Swimming - New Ways to Develop our Sport and Attract More Swimmers.
A HERO fisherman has saved the life of his injured mate after an epic three-hour swim through freezing waters off the Gold Coast.
A freak wave struck the men's dinghy as they returned from a fishing trip late on Tuesday afternoon, leaving one of them with two dislocated shoulders and a dislocated hip.
They had just enough time to grab their lifejackets before the boat went under.
In a heroic act of endurance, the injured man's mate hauled him across two kilometres of freezing open ocean, battling strong currents and big waves.
This is a translated Dutch column - author: Alexander Hulleman on http://noww.nl -
in a reaction to this article: 3 types Arena Powerskin Carbon-Pro racing suits DISALLOWED
What if your name was Arena and you had just signed a number of deals with various sports unions. Suddenly your showpieces are rejected and no longer approved by the FINA. For years, Speedo had been the brand with respect and a monopoly in the market. Speedo was usually the first brand to put the super fast, innovative suits and jammers in the market. However, the Italian company Arena was able to close the gap and perhaps even took a lead.
During my holiday, a few weeks back, I received a text message questioning me whether my jammers were among the rejected ones. I replied that I was mainly on holiday to enjoy sun, see and sand and I would check the funny scan on my jammers as soon as I got back home. The days flew by, but Arenas were not on my mind when I got home.
The Results are in!
You voted and we are pleased to share the results from the marathon swimming survey. Below is how marathon swimmers feel about marathon swimming. The results have been broken down in to 3 areas which are strong support (76% to 100% agreement), moderate support (61% to 75% agreement) and controversial (60% or less agreement).
Please go to Freshwater Swimmer for a more comprehensive, analytical report compliments of Evan Morrison.
Ron at Ocean Care Solutions' (OCS) got in contact with Dive Flag App in a hope to have their product reviewed and publicized to Scuba Divers around the world. After initial discussions OCS sent us, here at Dive Flag App, a package containing a few hundred samples to test and distribute to other Dive Flag App members. Today we had the opportunity to test their most 'popular' product the Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution (JSR Solution). This was a timely arrangement as Australia is currently experiencing an outbreak of jellyfish including the Blue Blubber Jellyfish (common name).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and happy new year to all those wonderful people who, in recent years, have wanted to fight my battles along with me. Especially to my son, Alessandro, whose birthday is today. My commitment, training and travel doesn't always allow me to spend as much time with him as I would like. Nevertheless, despite his young age, he proved to be a little wise man who's extremely sensitive to the issues I'm promoting, and who has tried to be strong and supportive through all my difficulties. We adults should at least try to make this world better, and sometimes I get the feeling that it is precisely our children who can teach us how to accomplish this.