Linda Kaiser Daring, Sharing And Caring

Cyndia Michelle and Cyndia Lavik produced an interview with Linda Kaiser, 2018 inductee of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. She has also been inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame and the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame.

"Linda is a multi-talented athlete and has competed in 50 marathons, many Half Ironmans, 1 full Ironman, 32 Tinmans (an Olympic distance triathlon) and competed in her first Waikiki Roughwater Swim in 1984 when she was 34 years old.

The Century Swim That Took 41 Years

In the 1976 British Long Distance Swimming Association annual report [see here], produced by G. Trevor Smith and John K. Slater, they noted the first of three mano-a-mano races between International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductees Kevin Murphy and Des Renford.

"Kevin Murphy again hits the headlines as the winner of the challenge swim in Sydney Harbour, against Des Renford, the Australian champion. Full details are awaited, but I understand that it was a most exciting race with only minutes separating the two. Apparently the challenge is now extended to a 100-mile swim to take place in a few weeks time and we await the details with much interest. That is, so far as I am aware, the longest "Championship" ever contemplated.

A Summers Day Out In Molokai

"We had quite the white knuckler out in the Ka’iwi Channel," reported Michael Twigg-Smith. "Dean Summers finished the course with a grueling 20 hours 12 minutes.

We saw it all. Currents hooking his progress back towards Molokai, dolphins, whales, 2 mahi mahi and an 8-foot oceanic white tip shark.

As we left Molokai at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 26th, the sun treated us to a beautiful set that lit up the sky.

Ridder in de orde van Oranje-Nassau

2018-04-26 - Leidschendam-Voorburg - Het was een week eerder al duidelijk met het bezoek van de burgermeester, ik mocht naar de lintjesregen. Een hele eer!

De speech van de burgermeester:

Meneer Broer,

U voelt zich als een vis in het water. Dit komt omdat u op landelijk en internationaal niveau actief bent in het ‘Open Water Zwemmen’. Als actieve zwemmer startte u in 1974.  U heeft zich de afgelopen jaren met enorme inzet en betrokkenheid hard gemaakt om het Open Water Zwemmen in Nederland een volwaardige discipline te laten zijn binnen de Zwembond.

Pictures and video of the first Rotte River Windmills Swim

2018-04-28 - Bleiswijk - The inaugural Rotte River Windmills Swim has been done! Ned Denison and Carol Cashell swam 10,4km in reasonable, but cold (under 14C), conditions. It took almost 3 hours. Pilot ed van der Horst had some trouble keeping his small vessel straight in the wind, but managed well enough. Ned was cold enough afer 10km. Carol could have gon on to swim the full 12,5k and decided it was good to step out with Ned. Owen O'Keefe joined them both for the last bit.

Pictures of the first Rotte River Windmills Swim

Owen O'Keef made pictures before he entered the water to swim himself.

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.

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