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Scientific Research During The Longest Swim

When Benoît Lecomte walks down the sandy beach on the eastern coast of Japan and steps off the coast of Chōshi in Chiba Prefecture in late May, he will begin the longest solo stage swim in human history.

He estimates that this stage swim will take 6-8 months to cross 5,419 miles (8,721 km) from Japan to the United States in wholly unchartered waters for an individual in the water.

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.

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.

Dover Docks Revival

PRESS RELEASE: Marina Pier units set sail to Dover as waterfront regeneration takes shape

The #PortofDover is beginning to take delivery of the new Marina Pier, as part of the #DoverWesternDocksRevival (DWDR) development, which consists of 360 individual precast concrete units with a combined weight of 13,350t and marks the return of 550m of revitalised waterfront promenade.

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Repeatable Swim Routes

In planning new/unprecedented swim routes, it’s essential to understand (and frequently misunderstood) how to design the route so it is repeatable by future swimmers.

A route is repeatable if it is the shortest possible path that fulfills the route definition, with any intermediate waypoints defined by permanent land features.

Will You Still Be Swimming In The Year 2050?

Photo shows (in original article) International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Michael Read at the 16 km Faros Maratón professional marathon swim in Croatia in 2015.

In 1950, when Hassan Abdel Rehim from Egypt won the Daily Mail race across the English Channel in a record time of 10 hours 50 minutes, there were 205 million people who were 60 years or over around the world.

In 2014, when Dr. Otto Thaning became the oldest individual in history to cross the English Channel in 12 hours 52 minutes at the age of 73, the number of people over the age of 60 had increased nearly fourfold to 810 million.

Wild swimmers win heated battle against proposed open water regulator

THE foul-mouthed businessman behind controversial plans to make Scotland’s wild swimmers a little less wild has admitted defeat.

Robert Hamilton’s dream of an open water regulator was torpedoed by near unanimous opposition from swimmers and swimming organisations, who said they were unwanted, unnecessary and overly commercial.

Unlike in England and Wales, where laws about open swimming are unclear, in Scotland, swimmers have a right to swim freely in open spaces.

Wetsuit vs. Non-Wetsuit Swimming

While wetsuits are not essential, the majority of swimmers do use them as they do provide a huge benefit by providing buoyancy in the water. Swimming specific wetsuits are quite different to surf wetsuits so if you are going to use one, but don’t own one, I would sooner hire a swimming wetsuit than purchase a surf wetsuit.

Make sure you try the suit for sizing first and remember there are multiple levels of wetsuits to suit swimmers abilities and budget.

If you choose to do the event without a wetsuit and have had little open water experience, or haven’t familiarised yourself with the water temperature for your expected duration of time to complete the swim, then I would recommend doing this before you take on the swim.

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