The Unprecedented Crossing Of Loch Ness

Tom Pocklington, a Life Member of the British Long Distance Swimming Association and coach for 18-year-old Brenda Sherratt reported on the first Loch Ness crossing of 22.5 miles in history.

He described Sherratt's 31 hour 41 minute unprecedented crossing in the 1966 British Long Distance Swimming Association annual report [see here]:

"The temperature at point of entry was 60°F. Acting on the advice of the Inverness Admiralty Station in Inverness-shire weather forecast, and under my direction and care, Brenda entered the water from the pier at Port Augustus at 5.45 pm on Tuesday the 26th July, 1966, swimming breast

Jacques Tuset has ideas

Une idée de Challenge eau libre en Méditerranée !
Avec les traversées le Brescou à Agde (les 9 juin et 22 septembre), le Château d'if à Marseille ( les 22 et 24 juin), le Levant à Hyères (le 15 septembre) il me vient l'idée soudaine de mettre en place un challenge évasion à la nage en Méditerranée avec ces 3 courses.

Il ne manque plus que l'ancienne traversée Cannes - Ste Marguerite soit remise en place et ce serait le top.

Swimming In St. Petersburg

Kotlin Race (Swimming Marathon St. Petersburg - Kronstadt) is a 25 km marathon swim in Russia that offers a unique time trial format.

The Global Swim Series event takes place in the historic and cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg and starts in St. Petersburg in the Gulf of Finland and finishes in the port city of Kronstadt on Kotlin Island.

The format is a series of time trial solo swims throughout the summer season from May 15th to September 15th that are compared and ranked at the end of the season.

Will Free Soloing Channel Swims Come About?

In 1958, Warren Harding, Wayne Merry, and George Whitmore climbed Yosemite's El Capitan for the first time in history. Scaling the 900-meter granite face was previously thought impossible.

Since that time, rock climbing standards and achievements have continued to be set in many unprecedented ways.

But then in 2016, Pete Whittaker of the UK became the first person to rope solo - all free - El Capitan in 20 hours 6 minutes.

The Open Water Swimming Community In 1971

Back in 1971, several inventions were introduced: the microprocessor, email, floppy disks and liquid crystal displays.

These inventions helped shepherd in the digital age that has shaped the way information and communications are currently shared among open water swimmers around the world today.

But back in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the open water swimming community regularly communicated by snail mail - either handwritten or typed letters sent in envelopes and delivered by the postal services throughout the world.

The British Long Distance Swimming Association annual report in 1971 by G. Trevor Smith and John K. Slater brings back many good memories.

Kevin Murphy On Bristol, Isle of Wight And North Channel

Courtesy of British Long Distance Swimming Association and Kevin Murphy.

Kevin Murphy provided the following information regarding his swims in the Bristol Channel, Isle of Wight and the Irish Channel in the 1971 British Long Distance Swimming Association annual report [see here] produced by G. Trevor Smith and John K. Slater:

"It was one of those years! I set out to achieve so much....so many things went wrong....but it turned out okay in the end.

When A Shark Interupts A Channel Crossing

Hiroko Ashikawa, the first Japanese swimmer who is attempting the Oceans Seven, was very lucky to have Australian Shelley Oates-Wilding as her escort kayaker. Very lucky.

During Ashikawa's solo swim attempt across the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu on April 1st, she was escorted by her Japanese coach and an experienced veteran escort team including Chris Harmes, Mike Scott, Oates-Wilding and pilot Michael Twigg-Smith.

Someposts on Nuala Moore's Arctic swims

Nuala Moore at the Albatross monument on Hornos Island, Chile celebrating her monumental swim. Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage and marks where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet.

Congratulations to Nuala.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Horn

Follow Those Swimming Between Spain And Morocco

Laura Gutiérrez Díaz wants swimmers to share their experiences, challenges and charities on the new social media platforms of the Asociación Cruce a Nado del Estrecho de Gibraltar.

"Swimmers are the history of the Strait of Gibraltar Swimming Association (ACNEG). On our Facebook page, we are going to publish all the crossings as well as interesting information related to each one of them.

Get high on your own supply

How to get high on your own supply:

  1. Get comfy - take a position most comfortable and safe to you (i.e. sitting or lying on the ground!). Ensure you can expand your lungs freely without any constriction.
  2. Breathe - Breathe in 30 power breaths. Pretend you're blowing up a balloon. Inhale through the nose/mouth, and exhale through the mouth in short but powerful bursts. Keep a steady pace, use your midriff fully, and close your eyes.
  3. Hold up - After 30 rapid successions, breathe in once more and fill the lungs to maximum capacity without force. Breathe out for as long as you can without force. Hold your breath until you experience the gasp reflex.
  4. Recover - Inhale to full capacity. Feel your chest expanding. When you're at full capacity, hold the breath for around 10 seconds - this indicates round one. The breathing exercise can be repeated 3 rounds after one another.
  5. Enjoy - After completing the breathing exercise, ensure you enjoy the feeling afterward. This feeling will increasingly be like meditation.

Good luck!

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