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The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference will be held in September at the famous Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
The programme will include a swim in Loch Lomond, a Scottish banquet, dinner dance, speakers from around the world, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the WOWSA Awards, and will culminate in a swim on Sunday, September 21st by the stunning St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute.
South African swimmer Theodore Yach asked a question whose answer is not surprising to those in the open water swimming community:
Are women equal or better at ultra sea swimming than men? Think Lynne Cox, Alison Streeter, Chloë McCardel, Diana Nyad, Natalie du Toit and Carina Bruwer plus many others out there. If yes to equal or better, then this must be the only physical human endeavour where this is true.
The answer is, we believe, yes on average.
In days gone by, children, the elderly and even Oxford dons would swim in the county’s waterways unencumbered and sometimes un-clothed. But the passion for outdoor swimming dried-up with the emergence of indoor pools. Now, open water or ‘wild’ swimming is making a splash once more. Debbie Waite reports
A summer’s evening can attract upwards of 200 swimmers to Queenford Lakes at Berinsfield, just outside Oxford.
Not tempted in the slightest by the clear water, roped-off lanes and chlorine cleanliness of the county’s indoor pools, these are ‘open water’ or ‘wild’ swimmers.
Aged from 16 to 70-something, some are athletes in training, while others are just looking for a leisurely swim in a cool lake in all its natural glory.
And their numbers are rising.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The Marathon Swimmers Federation, a global organization uniting, inspiring, and connecting marathon and aspiring marathon swimmers around the world, has released a set of standardized rules and principles to govern the sport of marathon swimming. These rules, which are available in full online at www.marathonswimmers.org/rules, codify nearly 140 years of global marathon swimming traditions into a streamlined and easy-to-use document to help swimmers around the world complete officially recognized marathon swims.
The marathonswimmers.org has chosen their award winners for 2013
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