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WOWSA new owner website

Dear registered user.

This website has changed ownership after 11 years.
Richard and I are quitting. It is costing us too much time keep the website updeted without help.
The new owner is WOWSA.

We expect WOWSA will continue the website wit new effort and we (Richard, Niek and Gertjan) will stay on as supporters and perhaps frequent posters on the website.

Argentine looks to make history with English Channel swim

Should he cross the English Channel, Matías Ola will become the first Argentine to achieve the so-called 'Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.' Here's why he's doing it.
As Matías Ola looked out over the English Channel this week, just one day of calm seas lay between him and an astounding achievement.

‘You Are Basically Naked in the Ocean’

You’ve probably never heard of Jessi Harewicz.

But in the world of long-distance swimming the 36-year-old Vancouver woman is a megastar. Harewicz, a latecomer, is one of about 200 people in the world to have captured the Triple Crown of open-water swimming.

In June, she completed the last of the three challenges by battling tides, waves and pollution in a 42-kilometre swim around Manhattan.

Kristóf Rasovszky Wins Lac St-Jean FINA World Series

Kristóf Rasovszky won the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean 10 km race on the FINA Marathon Swim World Series despite traveling 30 hours from Gwangju, South Korea – where he competed in the FINA World Championships – to Quebec, Canada.

Yield to swimmers: annual Chesapeake channel closure Sunday

The Coast Guard will limit vessel traffic in part of upper Chesapeake Bay when as many as 650 competitors dive in for the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim June 9.

The temporary regulated area Sunday spans a narrows on either side of the William P. Lane Jr. Memorial Bridges that carry Highway 50 across the bay. The area will extend 500 yard north and south of each span, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as swimmers make their way from Sandy Point State Park northeast of Annapolis, Md., across 4.4 miles to Kent Island.

Move to market False Bay swim

A group of Cape Town open water swimmers have embarked on a mission to position the swim across False Bay as one of the most challenging and desirable swims in the world of marathon swimming.

The False Bay Swim is a 34km open water swim, which compares with the English Channel and other Oceans Seven swims around the world in terms of distance and conditions.

Los Banos boy becomes first person to swim across San Luis Reservoir. He’s 12 years old.

Los Banos kid James Savage, 12, makes a 7.3-mile swim across San Luis Reservoir on May 11, 2019. He became the first person to make the swim across the reservoir. 

The idea started as a joke and turned into a challenge.

The Savage family was leaving Los Banos for a camping trip when their car broke down. While looking out across the San Luis Reservoir, Jillian Savage asked her son, James, if he thought he could swim across it.

Toronto man becomes 1st Canadian to swim across world's highest navigable lake

Lawyer Rob McGlashan swam 7.5 km between 2 islands in Lake Titicaca

Robert McGlashan has managed to do something nobody from this country has ever done.

Last weekend, according to the company that organized the crossing, he became the first Canadian to swim between two islands in Lake Titicaca, the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.

Open water swims across Canada

To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

The warmer weather is upon us, and as the air temperature heats up so will the lakes. For most triathletes, the swim is the most difficult part of a triathlon, especially swimming in open waters. To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

Open water swimming can provide great experiences

When I introduce myself to someone new, I could as easily say “I’m a swimmer” as “I’m Susan.” The water is almost always on my mind. Swimming calms me when I’m anxious, balances me when I feel out of touch with myself, and gives me the strength to cope when I lose loved ones. The water is my sanctuary, the one place I always feel safe. 

For more than 50 years, the pool was my training ground. When my husband and I started living part-time in San Carlos, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez, I discovered open water swimming. After two years of almost daily sea swimming, I find it difficult to return to black lines and flip turns. The pool can’t compete with the wild unpredictability of the open sea.

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