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Pictures of the first Rotte River Windmills Swim

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

ChannelChallenge presents challenges for 2018

In 2018 ChannelChallenge starts a new swim: The Windmill Challenge on the Rotte River (after which Rotterdam is named). ChannelChallenge continues it's swims accross Lake IJsselmeer.

With Sporttijden and HopaSports we started a collaboration to have the swims well administered. On HopaSports you can enter the swim and the financials are covered.

A 34 km Warm Water Caribbean Channel Crossing

Sue Dyson has a clear goal in mind when it comes to the inaugural St. Lucia Channel Swim, a 34 km swim between St. Lucia in the south and Martinique in the north.

"Our goal is to be the pre-eminent warm water epic swim globally. We have the participation for this event by the St Lucia Tourism and Sports Ministries as well as many local organizations.

ChannelChallenge presenteert open water uitdagingen 2018

In 2018 start ChannelChallenge met een nieuwe tocht: Molentocht Rottemeren en gaat door met de IJsselmeeroversteken.

Met Sporttijden en HopaSports is een samenwerking aangegaan om dit goed te administreren. HopaSports voor de inschrijving en de financiële afhandeling.

Swimming The Strait Of Gibraltar: From Europe To Africa

As I waited for my first Social Security check, I decided to push the envelope with swimming, a sport I had practiced for six decades. I read about the Gibraltar Crossing and realized that the idea of swimming from Spain to Morocco allayed my worries about turning 70. For me, when I am in the sea, all is well with the world.

It all started inauspiciously at the Bowman Gray pool, an ancient structure at the University of North Carolina. I was four and my swim teacher was squeezing my chest too tightly. Later that day, my mother yelled, “You bit his wrist like a damned dog. What a mean boy you are!”

Junior doctor swimming Channel to help spine injury victims

WHAT’S it like to swim the English Channel? A Poole doctor who only started open water swimming last year will find out this summer.

Dr Annie Maggs, of Sherwood Avenue, will join a team of six raising money for the Aspire charity, which helps those with spinal cord injuries. She decided to take up the challenge during a year off following her foundation training.

“I wanted to do a personal challenge during this year and I got the idea after joining East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club,” she said. “Every week it seemed that someone had done a big event like swimming the channel so I thought I’d try that first of all as part of a relay.”

The Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race 1957 (1957)

Long version of the newsreel story GIRL WINS MASS SWIM - special for Butlin's - mute only.

Greta Andersen winning Butlin's EC race.

“America’s Best Girl” stole the nation’s heart by swimming the English Channel in 1926, and later dedicated herself to the deaf children she taught to swim

President Calvin Coolidge gave her the nickname “America’s Best Girl” after she swam across the English Channel in 1926. In her day, Gertrude Ederle captured the public’s imagination in the same way as other athletic and patriotic heroes like slugger Babe Ruth and aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. She was overwhelmed when an estimated 2 million people showed up in the financial district for a ticker-tape parade on August 27 celebrating her accomplishment, chanting “Trudy! Trudy!” (Never mind that her family actually called her “Gertie.”) She sustained a career as a minor celebrity for about a decade before retreating into a quiet life of teaching deaf children how to swim.

Rottemeren krijgt nieuwe Molentocht

De Rottemeren kende een KNZB-wedstrijd eind van het vorige milennium. Lang geleden. Hoewel er best nog actieve zwemmers zijn die deze wedstrijd zich nog kunnen heugen. De langste afstand was daar de 5km. 10 maal een baanlengte van 500m. Op afstand van de baan waren de molens langs het water wel zichtbaar. We koersten op de heenweg ook richting een van deze monumenten. We zwommen er echter nooit langs.

Zonder brilletje?

The Grimsby Telegraph published film footage of the 1951 Daily Mail race across the English Channel.

The race was won by Mareeh Hassan Hamad of Egypt in 12 hours 12 minutes over France's Roger Le Morvan who finished in 12 hours 13 minutes. Footage of the race shows some very different conditions of channel swimming in the 1950's compared to contemporary times across the Channel.

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