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The world's most beautiful open water swim races

Whether it's incredible scenery, lagoon waters or balmy temperatures you're after, these race events are paradise for fans of open water swimming.
Open water swimming competitions might conjure up images of thrashing about in grey, rolling seas but there are a raft of events that combine aquatic prowess with incredible scenery and often balmy temperatures.

Open Water World Tour 2019 gets underway

The second edition of the Open Water World Tour (OWWT) is rolling out; and for the 2019 series, a number of new events have joined.

The OWWT is a global tour with a ranking system. Participating swimmers obtain points in every event they take part in, but also through doing ‘solo swims in regulated crossings’.

2019 World International Ice Swimming Championships: What it takes to prepare for a sub-zero swim

"Sometimes I get in and I think 'gosh, this feels horrible'," says champion ice swimmer Jade Perry.

This isn't just your average test of physical endurance.

Taking a dip in sub-zero temperatures is already unappealing, without the prospect of doing it in a makeshift pool carved out of a frozen lake at the height of Russian winter.

Testing the Waters

Marcia Cleveland has always been a swimmer. Growing up, throughout high school and all four years of college, you could find her in the water.

In her early twenties, she took to open water swimming, plunging into oceans, lakes, and rivers, seeking their challenges. After moving to New York and joining a Masters Swimming program there, she did her first solo swim in 1991, around the island of Manhattan at a distance of over 28 miles.

Winter 'wild swimming' is a hot new trend

Swimmers plunge into frigid lakes and rivers year-round, just for the thrill of it.

I thought my husband's icy cold morning showers were extreme, until I learned about the 'wild swimming' trend. Apparently this is a big thing ago to do year-round, particularly in the United Kingdom, where you don't have to chop a hole in the ice to get at the water, but it's still chilly enough to take your breath away.

Pat Gallant-Charette Won't Stop Breaking Records

The oldest woman to swim the English Channel wants to continue knocking off marathon swims into her 80s

Pat Gallant-Charette is tougher than your average grandma. She’s probably tougher than you. The 68-year-old Maine native has completed the majority of the Oceans Seven, a marathon swimming challenge that has athletes tackling seven of the toughest open-water swims in the world. She has systematically subjected herself to near-freezing water temperatures, strong currents, shark attacks, and blooms of jellyfish during swims that have her in the water for up to 24 hours.

The Truth Is Cold

Though I had been pool swimming, I hadn’t swam in the sea in four weeks, and if I didn’t get in at the weekend I would go a month without an open water swim for possibly the first time in a decade.

On Saturday the bay was lousy and blown out in howling onshores, breakers stretching out over a mile from the coast, unswimmable even using the alternative option of swimming out through the pier entrance.

The FIRST Pure Grenada Open Water Swim

Date: 
Saturday, 21 September, 2019 - 09:00

Pure Grenada - Discover the Spice of the Caribbean
 
 Join us for the Caribbean’s newest open water swim – the islands beauty, sunshine, white sands and crystal clean waters mean it’s Pure Grenada!  Presented by Aqua Moon Adventures, the Grenada Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) and the Grenada Department of Tourism.

Cunha and Wellbrock win Marathon Swim World Series

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil and Florian Wellbrock of Germany emerged as winners of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series, which took place on Doha’s iconic Corniche yesterday.

Hundreds take part in Doha Open Water Challenge

Hundreds of kids and adults took the plunge in the Corniche waters as Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) organised the Doha Open Water Challenge yesterday. 
The Qatari citizens and residents showed a lot of enthusiasm as they tested the waters in perfect conditions, a day prior to the FINA Marathon Swim World Series. 

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