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This alumnus took a sabbatical to swim the English Channel

If the weather gods are well-inclined, former EUR doctoral candidate and ex-EM employee Ignacio Vaccaro will swim the English Channel next week, from Dover to the French coast. To make this possible, he took a sabbatical from his well-paid job and has been training for the past two years.

Watch: Trio begin 70km swim around Malta

Three swimmers are out to raise awareness about marine litter

Three swimmers began a gruelling 70-kilometre swim around Malta on Friday afternoon, as they seek to raise awareness about marine litter.

Swimmers Neil Agius, Gilbert Bartolo and Richard Zerafa jumped in the water at Marfa at 6pm, taking the first strokes in what will be a 24-hour test of their will and determination.

Starting in Marfa, the swimmers will go on throughout the night, swimming clockwise around the island’s coast arriving back at Marfa by around 6pm on Saturday. 

They will be stopping briefly every 30 minutes or so to sip water and eat small portions of food.

Kyra Wijnker zwemt in de vakantie Het Kanaal over

Den Helder – Op haar bril zit nog lichte condens. Dat verraadt dat Kyra Wijnker (19) vanochtend vroeg – 04.15 uur- uit de veren is gegaan om in Alkmaar haar zwemtraining te kunnen doen. Op de terugweg naar Den Helder sluit ze in de trein even haar ogen. Om daarna nog even in de sportschool te kunnen ‘pompen’.

Swimming with MS: Former Montrealer taking on extraordinary challenge

Early next month, the 53-year-old Victoria resident will be the first to attempt a double crossing of the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Only seven people have swum the frigid length of the Juan de Fuca Strait, a 33-km channel between Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, without a wetsuit. One of them is former Montrealer Susan Simmons, an open-water ultra-marathon swimmer. When she swam the strait last summer, she clocked the shortest time on record: 10 hours, six minutes.

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.

Celebrating The Life And Times Of Dale Petranech

Dale Petranech was the inaugural recipient of the Dale Petranech Award for Services to the International Marathon Of Fame.

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.

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.

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