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Channel swim

Young channel swimmers overcome big waves, bad weather and ships to smash charity target

'We were so happy when we had finished'

A team of young swimmers battled huge waves, appalling weather and busy shipping lanes in a relay swim across the channel, smashing their charity fund raising target in the process.

The team, including two distant relatives of the first man to swim the English Channel, completed the test of endurance in a time of four seconds under 11 hours on Monday.(August 12)

SAM POULSEN COMPLETES 21-MILE NORTH CHANNEL SWIM FROM IRELAND TO SCOTLAND

Sam Poulsen, a physiotherapist from London, became just the 25th woman in history and 68th person overall since 1947 to complete the 21-mile swim across the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland.

Record-breaking swimmers on crest of a wave

THREE local amateur swimmers are on the crest of a wave after smashing a world record. 

Ocean Breakers, comprising Rachael Lee, Tom Healy and Ronan Joyce – swam the North Channel in a three-person relay in nine hours and 40 minutes, beating the previous record by 38 minutes. 

WOWSA Launches Free Global Calendar

In WOWSA’s annual survey on how to best serve the open water community, 78% of the 2,140 respondents said they wanted more news and information on races and events.

In response to these results, WOWSA launched a global event calendar this week.

WOWSA Founder Steven Munatones, who has covered the sport since 1978, said,   

 “As everyone knows, the number of open water events has significantly and consistently increased year over year since the IOC approved the 10 km Olympic marathon swim in 2005.” 

Dublin trio break record swimming the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland

A TRIO OF Irish swimmers from Dublin have broken a world record swimming The North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland. 

Local tradesmen team up for iconic open water charity challenge

It’s been described as one of the toughest and greatest swim challenges on the globe, and that you can’t call yourself a ‘true open water swimmer’ until you’ve completed it - but two Tenby tradesmen will be taking on an historic cross-continental swim from Europe to Asia in Turkey next month for charity.

Turkish athletes win 31st Bosporus Cross-Continental Swimming Race

The Bosporus, an iconic waterway that divides Istanbul, was unusually calm in the early hours on Sunday where a throng of oil tankers, cargo vessels and passenger ships are usually sailing. Then came hundreds donning swimsuits who jumped into the lukewarm waters.

Brisbane teenager swims across English Channel twice, loses layer of tongue

A Brisbane teenager has become the second-youngest person to swim the English Channel twice in one day, swimming 68 kilometres in 22 hours to make it happen.

Key points:

Brianna Thompson took 22.5 hours to swim from England to France and back.
The 17-year-old says jellyfish stings were one of the worst parts of the endurance swim.
She cannot eat food for three days because the saltwater stripped a layer off her tongue.

Chinese women's relay swim team 1st to cross English Channel

After relay swimming for nearly 20 hours and covering 72.85 kilometers, five Chinese women crossed the English Channel and finally landed on Calais, France, at 18:30 local time on July 3.

Californian swimmer becomes first to conquer North Channel in 2019

A California woman has described becoming the first person of 2019 to conquer the North Channel as “bittersweet”.

As the narrow window for attempting the challenging swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland opened last week, only one of three first individuals to attempt it was successful.

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