Round-Island swimmers raise £18,000 for heroes

MORE than £18,000 was raised for Holidays for Heroes Jersey as ex-servicemen – including a team of injured military personnel – and Island swimmers completed a round-Island relay swim.

Marathon Swimmer Falls Short in Bid for a Record Off San Francisco

SACRAMENTO — Just before noon on Friday, Kim Chambers, 39, stood on a floating dock at the Sacramento Yacht Club as Kala Sherman-Presser, a member of her support team, rubbed lanolin under Chambers’s arms and the seams of her swimsuit.

Chambers wore a swim cap, turquoise-frame goggles and the scorch marks of an acupuncturist’s glass cups — the type Michael Phelps made famous in Rio.

Zwemmers en coaches Biesbosch - Hellevoetsluis bekend

2016-10-08 - Voorburg/Zeist - Het team wat de estafette zwemt van de Biesbosch naar Hellevoetsluis is bekend:

Persbericht: Olympiërs zwemmen van Biesbosch naar Haringvliet op vrijdag 14 oktober

Date: 
vrijdag, 14 oktober, 2016 -
07:00 tot 20:00

Op vrijdag 14 oktober zwemmen 12 getrainde openwaterzwemmers ruim 50 km in estafettevorm door de rijkdom van de Nederlandse deltanatuur. De route gaat vanuit de Biesbosch over het Hollands Diep en het Haringvliet, langs het natuureiland Tiengemeten tot in vestingstad Hellevoetsluis nabij de Haringvlietdam. Ruim 12 uur zwemmen is het; van de Biesbosch naar het Haringvliet.

Kennebunk’s Susan Knight swims her way into the record books in the English Channel.

Long-distance, open-water swimming is a solitary sport — hour after hour, mile after mile of lonely paddling in vast waters. It attracts people possessed of quiet grit, not to mention muscled backs and arms. As Susan Knight nears Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, she’s just finished a 3-mile swim. Still in the water, she moves easily through the sluggish surf, stepping over gentle rollers, her skin glistening and freckled in the morning sun.

Tips By Christof Wandratsch On Ice Swimming

Wandratsch talks with long-time professional marathon swimming colleague Shelley Taylor-Smith about the emerging niche in the open water swimming community, The Ice.

To All the Men "Getting Chicked," Get Used to It

As more women work with their physiology, they are getting closer to, and in many instances passing, the men.

Recently, New York Magazine online ran a story titled, "The Obscure Ultra-Endurance Sport Woman Are Quietly Dominating." The big reveal? That in the sport of ultra-endurance swimming, women were quite simply schooling the men. Most notably, the article cited a Swiss study published in 2015 that revealed that in the 87-year span between 1927 and 2014, the fastest women were an average of 52.9 minutes faster than the fastest men. What's more, when they looked at average times across open water swimmers in general, the average woman is faster than the average man.

Cloe McCardel on verge of Channel swim history

From a near-death experience suffering heat stroke in the burning Caribbean sun to hypothermia after being pulled out of freezing Atlantic waters, Chloe McCardel has suffered for her sport.

And that's before mentioning the savage box jellyfish stings the open-water marathon swimmer endured on a failed attempt at navigating the waters between the US and Cuba.

The Obscure Ultra-Endurance Sport Women Are Quietly Dominating

In 1985, Nature published a paper arguing that women would outrun men in marathons by 2000. Like so many other things that were supposed to happen “in the year 2000,” this prediction never came to fruition. Women’s finishing times were indeed improving rapidly as compared to the rate of men’s improvements, but that was likely because women were so much newer to distance running as compared to men. As science writer Rose Eveleth has explained, that Nature paper “extrapolated linearly from a few points of early data. (Its conclusions are mocked in many entry-level statistics courses.)” In 2016, the fastest men runners are still about 12 percent faster than the fastest women, and most exercise scientists doubt that women will ever outperform men at the elite marathon level.

Swimming in the English Channel at Night - by Nick Adams

Channel Challenge: this article is used with kind permission of Nick Adams. 

Swimming at night can be daunting to even the most experienced open water swimmers. The perceptions that it will be a lot colder, the ‘nasties’ in the water will be able to sneak up on the swimmer with greater ease and ships won’t see you before it’s too late are all myths.

Here are some findings from swimmers once they’ve survived a night swim:

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