Quadruple amputee swims from Spain to Morocco


DALIA, Morocco Jul. 12, 2012 11:24 AM -- A quadruple amputee successfully swam across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco Thursday as part of an effort to swim between all the world's continents.

Cross border swimming in Europe

There are a few cross border swims in Europe.

Sunday, 17 June, 8# Uluslararasi Meis-Kas Yüzme Yarismasi, Kas, Turkey From Greece to Turkey but for political reasons only open to Turks

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, Lake Neusiedl, Fuzfoi Átúszás (willow swim?), Balaton fuzfo-Almádi, Austria - Hungary From Austria to Hungary

Environment: Clean water at majority of EU holiday destinations

European Commission - Press release

Environment: Clean water at majority of EU holiday destinations

Brussels, 23 May - Good news if you’re planning a beach holiday in Europe this summer. 92.1 % of bathing waters in the European Union now meet the minimum water quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive. This includes the Serpentine Lake in London, which will host several Olympics events, including the Open Water Marathon Swim and the swimming section of the triathlon.

The results are from the latest annual Bathing Water Report of European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission, which describes water quality in more than 22,000 bathing sites at beaches, rivers and lakes across Europe last year.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “I am pleased to note that the quality of Europe's bathing waters generally remains high, and has improved since last year. A clear majority of Europeans are concerned about water quality issues, and want more information on this. We must therefore continue our work to ensure our waters are appropriate for all legitimate uses – from bathing to drinking - and that the overall aquatic ecosystem is in good health.”

Fogle prepares for 100-day swim to conquer Atlantic

source: By Anthony Barnes

Wednesday May 23 2012

TELEVISION adventurer Ben Fogle is taking on his most punishing challenge yet - swimming across the Atlantic Ocean.

The presenter will have to spend up to 12 hours a day in the water, swimming the equivalent of the Channel, to make it in his target of 100 days.

His 3,000-mile journey from the US to Cornwall will dwarf the gruelling achievement of comic David Walliams who swam much of the Thames last year.

Ben Fogle will swim across the Atlantic Ocean

The 38-year-old presenter will swim the equivalent of the English Channel during 12 hour stints every day as he aims to complete his gruelling challenge in 100 days.

He admitted: ''I am daunted by the magnitude of this challenge but I have never been one to take the easy option.''

His 3,000-mile journey from the US to Cornwall will dwarf the incredible achievement of David Walliams, the comedian, who swam much of the Thames last year.

results 1st Len-Cup May 18, Eilat, Israel

1  EILAT (ISR) Friday, May 18th 10km (Red Sea)
2 ANTALYA (TUR) Saturday, June 2nd 5km (Mediterranean Sea)

Usefull websites for European OW events

Here on we try to collect all the OW events held in Europe in one place.

All the 2012 OW events in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) can be found at our co-owned site
(Unfortunately we haven't heard of any OW events in Luxembourg sad)

We thank all our fellow sites/webmasters who run a good national calendar. Without them it would be impossible.

Earth from the ISS: English Channel

Earth from the ISS: English Channel
England and Netherlands. Earth from ISS photo credit: NASA/Astronaut Ron Garan  

  Google Earth pictures

Record winterdippers in the Netherlands

Didn't had any chance to participate at a New Year's Day dip?

In the Netherlands we had 86 dips spread around the country with an estimated record 36,000 participants. Blame the warm weather?

The "Scheveningen Nieuwjaars Duik" was fully booked with the max allowed 10,000 reached a half hour before the start. It was 10ºC outside with a water-temperature 8ºC wind force 4-5 .


Winterswimming sites in Europe