What's your next swim?



  • JamieJamie Member
    My next swim is the Strait of Gibraltar the first week in May with Darren Miller, Oliver Wilkinson, and Jen Schumacher. I am very excited to swim with these amazing swimmers. I'll need a bungee cord to keep up.
  • jcmalickjcmalick Wilmington, DEMember
    edited April 2012
    Bell Buoy Challenge in PE, South Africa this weekend and since it's been leaked a few times, Farallones in May. Beyond that, vacation time! (i.e. kayak escorting for a few other marathon swims) before resuming in the Fall to do a few pioneer swims including a crack at the Delaware Bay (DE to NJ) swim.
  • Arizona 6 Lake Swim Challenge. 6 Lakes (Pleasant, Bartlett, Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon, Saguaro), 10 miles at each lake, 60 miles total. - April/May
    Portland 11 Mile Bridge Swim - July
    Fat Salmon 3.2 Mile Swim - July
    OptimusSport Distance Challenge 12.6 Mile Swim - August
  • beach to beach power swim..st john usvi. over memorial weekend. longest distance is 3 miles and some change.
  • I'm doing the Red River marathon swim. Just wanted to see who else is doing it and how training is going. also i hear that there is some swimming going on in the river and was wondering if I could come up an test out the river up there.
    my other swim is the Minnetonka 10 mile USMS national Champ concentrating on the 26 mile swim and really want to finish it.
  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member
    frsa0301 wrote:
    I'm doing the Red River marathon swim. Just wanted to see who else is doing it and how training is going.

    I'll be there. It just seemed like too good of an opportunity to miss out on. Of course, ask me again about that opinion AFTER the swim.

    As to training: it's been OK. Just a bit of grumpiness in my left shoulder. I find that thinking about the swim in terms of time is vastly easier than thinking about it in terms of distance.

    I am a little concerned about not hearing more details about the swim by now, such as meeting kayakers beforehand, etc, but I can be a bit neurotic that way.

    I look forward to meeting you there.


    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde

  • I will be doing my first ten miler up at Lake Minnetonka the end of July. Only swam Big Shoulders and a few open water swim starts for some triathlons. Excited. Scared.
  • nvr2latenvr2late Central VirginiaCharter Member
    @MBSchwietz - I really want to enter as well - have not ruled it out.
  • FrancoFranco Chestertown, MDCharter Member
    I'll probably slip in a few shorter ones but next scheduled one is Rose Pitonof Swim. Anyone else planning to be there?

    @nvr2late- If you are interested in a more regional 5-miler, check out:
    It is always a fun event.
  • nvr2latenvr2late Central VirginiaCharter Member
    Dear Franco - Thanks so much for the information - 5 miles is probably my perfect stretch distance and this would be a perfect location as I am in Virginia - I just swam the one miler in the Chesapeake Bay (did not make the lottery for the 4.4) - I checked on the link, and the DCAC race is July 14th, the same day as Chris Green Lake Cable swim, which I am entered in the one and two mile races. Thanks again, I will keep it in mind for next summer!
  • slowmoslowmo Member
    I'm doing a 10.44miler, first leg solo 5.22 and then I come back with a group which is a fund raiser for the local Gilda house in Madison WI. Out and back across lake Mendota on a nice summers day.
  • heartheart San Francisco, CACharter Member
    I'm doing the 10k at the Applegate Lake, followed by the 11-mile bridge swim in Portland. I might or might not do a swim in Santa Barbara in August, but will finish the season with Gatorman (La Jolla, 5k).
  • IronMikeIronMike Northern VirginiaCharter Member
    frsa0301 wrote:
    I'm doing the Red River marathon swim.

    That's sounds like an awesome swim. 26 miles! I hope they do that event next year.

    We're all just carbon, water, starlight, oxygen and dreams

  • Goo morning, it is 6.30 on midsummer day in Sweden, the sun is shining, the lake is blank. It cannot be better. The water is probably 61 F. My next swim is now!
  • MvGMvG MauritiusCharter Member
    North Channel - 2nd position in tidal window 29 July - 4 August 2013.

    Any other aspiring North Channel Swimmers? I'd like to be in touch.
  • jcmalickjcmalick Wilmington, DEMember
    Milko @MvG you are a beast this year...from the warm waters of Malawi to the cool waters of the North Channel? Wow! @ForeverSwim has the channel on his horizons after the Cook Strait today and his swimming partner Craig Lenning would be a valuable resource as he has already swum the channel. Hope this helps and perhaps I can plan a Malawi swim through you one day soon!
  • No swims on my calendar, LOL! But good luck to those who are planning swims. It's fun to read about them. %%-
  • mauprietomauprieto New Orleans, LAMember
    My next competitive swim will be a 5km race in May along with hundreds of red tuna (aka blue fin tuna). We start in the red tuna aquaculture pools about 4.5km off the coast, and from there we swim to Platja l'Alguer, in the catalan coast. The name of this race is "Tuna Race Balfego".
  • MvGMvG MauritiusCharter Member
    @jcmalick: thanks for the advice jc! I hope to meet them and you and other sources of information and inspiration in Cork in July. And by the way, if you ever feel like coming to Malawi and crossing the lake, I'll be happy to help you organise it.
  • MvGMvG MauritiusCharter Member
    edited March 2013
  • jendutjendut Charter Member

    Has anyone done/considered doing the length of Oneida Lake in NY?
  • GarbageBargeGarbageBarge NY (Hudson Valley)Mem​ber
    edited April 2014
    jendut wrote:
    Has anyone done/considered doing the length of Oneida Lake in NY?
    I was just looking at this discussion and considering posting a Finger Lakes swim when I saw your post, jendut. I used to lifeguard at Oneida Shores. Did you ever give it a try? Oneida would be interesting, but I think you would need a substantial boat for an escort unless you hugged a shore.

    My dad just agreed to support me from a canoe for an Owasco swim. Only 11 miles, but I'll get a Finger Lake knocked off, if all goes well. I may also do a 2 man, self contained relay of Otisco, with a friend, where one paddles, one swims, swap and go back. Any similar experience out there? Getting in the boat and paddling back after swimming doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun, but Otisco is only 5 miles.
  • msathletemsathlete Victoria, British Colubia, CanadaMember
    Hi there. I am new to the forum. My next swim is a 70k swim in Cowichan Lake, Canada. I am hoping it will be deemed as unassisted. Are any of you able to review what we have set up as rules and provide feedback?

    You can view the rules here (please note we are still working on the website): http://swimmerslastlonger.com/70km_swim.html
  • jcmalickjcmalick Wilmington, DEMember
    This looks good to me but I didn't review it with a fine tooth comb...the two things that I did see were: what type of swim cap are you going to deem appropriate? You talk about the length of the swim suit and adhering to the "crotch rule" meaning for guys nothing more than a "speedo" style suit or square cut (I'm an advocate for this addendum) and as far as I know you can have whatever type mask (you may even be able to use a scuba mask with the nose thing but I would think this would be cumbersome....this is never discussed entirely as I think with eyewear it's just common sense), BUT you do not outline the style of cap that you plan to establish as "fair play". If this is a pioneer swim, which it seems no one else has done, than you can establish the rules. You could say "one wool cap" or "neoprene cap" or "condom" if you so choose. The founding "father" or federation if you choose gets to use this but typically standard fare is silicone or latex and nothing more...no double capping etc. The other thing that I saw, what is your definition of pace swimmer? Again, this can be defined by the original parties but typically there are rules such as when pace swimming can start for a solo swim to count (i.e. pace swimmers cannot start until the fourth hour). Additionally there should be a parameter possibly that states pace swimmers are only allowed to be in the water for 1/2 hour at a time up to a maximum amount of times (3-5?). AGAIN it seems you are the pioneers so you can establish the rules but referring to those set up by MSF is a great starting point and one that is becoming universal within our community.
  • I'm going for a swim at the beach right NOW, unassisted. No cap even.
  • edited April 2014

    Co-directing (with Rondi) a 2.5K and 5K event in Poughkeepsie... 200 swimmers max

    This is from 2012, Is it happening again in 2014?

    Also, do you know if they are doing that Newburgh to Beacon swim anymore (about 1 mile I think)? I looked it up. It's August 2nd http://www.riverpool.org/swim#.U1qC-hzD81I $160! But it's for a good cause, and this year it honors the memory of Pete Seeger (an American Hero in my mind's heart).
  • edited April 2014
    My next is my first.

    I'm hoping that the weekend of May 15-18 that the weather, waves and tides will cooperate and I will attempt (there is no try, only do) 6.4K around Hermit Island in the Casco Bay, Maine. It's not really an Island, it's a campground that is attached to the mainland. After the turn at the half way mark there are no waves as the tide fills the 2 mile inlet.

    I don't know if I'm "cheating" by swimming with the waves and the tide. I'll have the tide at my back going South North and North South (down hill, both ways). But since it's my first, I'm not expecting the world to stop and take notice anyway. It's a personal goal.
  • Great, thank you!
  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member
    @dredpiraterobts 2 Bridges is on May 31st this year: http://www.8bridges.org/other/2-bridges/ Dave and Rondi and CIBBOWS put on great events.

    The Riverpool swim is fun, but it is (at least it was in 2007) very laid back. Not a race, no times, just a slow, fun afternoon in the Hudson. Coincidentally, I just referenced that swim in another post.

    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • MvGMvG MauritiusCharter Member
    In spite of the two or three new swims announced above for 2014, I'd say it's little quiet here considering that the new Northern Hemisphere Channel season is only a month away and there must be loads of people getting ready for all sorts of crossings!

    So be nice to the rest of us and announce your next big swim please!

    (Full disclosure on my next swim: none planned at all right now, no suitable training possibilities this and the first half of next year, and I was even struggling with a 15-minute dip in 16-degrees water today. It s*cks, but that's the way it is for me right now, which perhaps explains my yearning to know about other people's swims. Can't wait to be glued to a few trackers, including yours?, over the Summer.)
  • May 25th my solo attempt to swim from Mississippi coast to Horn Island and back. 13 miles round trip excluding detours around shoals and east west currents.
  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member
    SCAR...this week! :-)
  • suziedodssuziedods Mem​ber
    Tonight, 5Coves of Death at Aquatic Park, under the auspices of SERC. However, I am going to do 1 Cove of Sloth, or maybe 2 Coves of Shame, possibly 3 Coves of Reget. No way am I going to do 4 Coves of Redemption or even 5 Coves of Death.
    Its a SERC tradition at 5 pm on May 5, no matter what day it falls on.. to do ( or attempt) 5 Coves. Historically you drank a shot of tequila after each cove but that seems to have fallen by the wayside except for a few hardcore folks who are fast enough. Anyhooo... that's my next swim, I hope.
  • jendutjendut Charter Member
    @GarbageBarge I did not get very far in planning stages with that lake, though the Finger Lakes still taunt me when I look at a map (I live in New England) so at some point I will revisit the idea. It is nearly impossible to swim a lake without a connection i.e. boat driver, someone with local knowledge, etc. It is awesome that your dad will accompany you for your lake swim- my dad and I have had many similar adventures which I will always value!
  • timsroottimsroot Spring, TXCharter Member
    Pensacola 25k. Week and a half from now. The water will likely be a lot warmer than I'd prefer.
  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member
    Nation's Capital Swim Club workout this Monday AM. I got the go-ahead from my doctor about getting wet after back/hip operation #6. Massive amounts of suffering is forecast.
  • gtswimgtswim PennsylvaniaMember
    GCBS in 4 weeks. This will be my longest swim and first point to point swim.
  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member
    Niek wrote:
    @swimmer25k Think about nice things like:
    -cold water
    -high waves
    -motor boats

    That will distract you. :)

    Thanks Niek.

    Right now I'm 25 yards at a time. Biggest challenge of my life is trying to fix a broken body and the mental abyss which came along with it.

    Never been chased by a lamprey, but did have a remora attach to me once. Wasn't a fan of that.
  • Catalina. :) Which will also be my first time in California (besides barely there trips from Nevada visiting my aunt when I was 8 and a plane layover on the way to Hawaii when I was 13).
    Also doing 9-mile Swim OC this July in my hometown of Ocean City, Maryland.
  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member
    Here is a swim I'm going to attempt in August "up north" in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota in the beautiful Whitefish Chain. It's 20k and crosses 6 lakes that are all connected with channels. I've probably swam every mile of this swim over the years, but never all at once. The weird "v" in the middle is where I'm going to swing by the cabin to reload my feeds. I won't be escorted (except for a one-mile heavy traffic area in the upper right corner), so I have to carry everything in my ISHOF. The start/stop points are determined by boat ramps.
    I've toyed with the idea of pulling off all 13 connected lakes in this chain in one 24-hour period, but I haven't gotten around to figuring out the logistics of it...

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved
    Tides that I tried to swim against
    Have brought be down upon my knees
    Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    edited June 2014
    I'll be falling into the river Suir 11am UTC (GMT) in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, to swim down to Carrick-on-Suir. The distance is 21k of (mostly gentle) river current (one fast mile) and hasn't been done previously.

    It's not a big swim but I'll be observed by forum members @owenswims93, guided & crewed by @SuirThing (making him justify his Forum name, the river Suir is pronounced Sure). Both will be yakking. Temp is measured Friday at 15C so quite warm.

    After a week without rain (all of Ireland celebrating!) that we'll be short of water & depth, it's not very deep at the best of times. There's one location that I might have to walk over stones, but we won't know until we get there. Fastest stretch is the Poulakerry Bend outside Kilsheelan where the current rockets along for a mile below Poulakerry Castle.

    The other concern is trying to get the timing right for the finish. The "tide" reaches up the estuary to a mile above Carrick-on-Suir, but because it's more estuarial backfill than real tide, it doesn't follow a straightforward predictable tidal pattern.

    Edit: Well wrong about two things: Not so gentle current. Completed in 3:39, so at least 20 mins faster than expected (estimate was 4hr to 4:30). Temp 13C so cooler than expected also. @SuirThing did a very accurate job of guiding, I hit every rock on the way down. And did have to stand once and bum-shuffle another time. Thanks to the two lads but I still don't like river swimming. I'm a bit ambivalent about the swim, too shallow and boring, too many rocks and not enough water. Too short and yet I was happy to get out at the finish.


  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2014
    Well done, Donal! (photos from @owenswims93 Twitter feed)

  • My lad's having a go at Molokai end of Sep.

    Probably 2am kick off. I assume this means I have to swim out from beach with him to the boat, as I 'll be feeding him. That in itself might be a challenge for me.
  • Cheers Niek,

    If that's the case for Molokai, I am a relieved fellow. Still mixed up though!
  • suziedodssuziedods Mem​ber
    My next swim is tonight... in the pool. No goals.. just get wet and see if my right arm still works.
  • wendyv34wendyv34 Vashon, WASenior Member
    My first 10K! Technically, it was my last swim, on Saturday, at Applegate Lake, OR. It was 4 x 2.5K laps with a feed stop at the start/finish. The water was 80 degrees and the air reached 99 that afternoon. The water was like glass most of the way.

    Laps 1 & 2 went pretty well. Lap 3 was the toughest, everything hurt and my hands were getting numb. On lap 4 I reeled back the guy who skipped all of the feed stops to get ahead of me. I had a feeling he was going to bonk. The last leg was about 650m, so I decided to come in strong from there. With 150 to go, I realized I'd caught up to a (much younger) woman ahead of me. It was an elbow to elbow battle of wills until I cracked her with 25 to go. Even though my time (2:47:01) was a couple minutes slower than my goal, I felt pretty great about being able to win a sprint at the end.

    I'm looking forward to the Cascade Lakes Swim Festival, (Bend, OR) the first weekend in August, hosting the 5K Nationals. I hope my arms stop hurting before then!

    It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.

  • jkormanikjkormanik Boise, IdahoMember
    Excellent job Wendyv34! Way to bring it home!
  • j9swimj9swim CharlestonSenior Member
    Ederle...and while I get in plenty of time at Brighton Beach I'm still a little intimidated by big ocean water. But at least I'm now having dreams of crawling up the beach at sandy hook. 2 months ago it was Morty telling me he was pulling me because I wasn't making forward progress :)
  • emkhowleyemkhowley Boston, MACharter Member
    Ok, so I've got a swim to announce. I'm super excited, as I've managed to connect with the nicest, most helpful, and most enthusiastic local crew imaginable in Idaho. See the press release below for details. Did I mention I'm really excited for this swim?! It was first proposed to me in 2011 after I interviewed Eric Ridgway for a story I was writing for SWIMMER. It took a while to get the wheels moving and find the right place for it on my schedule, but next week is it. :-) I'm hoping to do the Long Bridge Swim next Saturday as a sort of victory lap, assuming I survive the big swim. Anyone else doing that swim?

    July 18, 2014

    SANDPOINT, IDAHO— On July 30th, Boston-based ultramarthon swimmer Elaine K. Howley is slated to make history with a solo, 34-mile swim the length of Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho. This will be the first time a swimmer has attempted to traverse the entire length of the lake in a single swim. An 84-mile circumnavigation of the lake was completed in 2011 by a team of 10 relay swimmers.

    Howley was invited to take on this long-distance challenge by Eric Ridgway, who is the founder of the annual 1.76-mile Long Bridge Swim in Sandpoint, Idaho, which he organized for 19 years. Ridgway, a Sandpoint resident, has stepped back from his race director duties this year and will be focusing on supporting Howley in her historic marathon swim, which is timed to fall a few days prior to this year’s Long Bridge Swim event. Her swim will help promote the Long Bridge Swim and draw attention to the aquatic recreational opportunities in the greater Sandpoint area.

    “We have such an incredibly beautiful lake here that I am sure that we are going to have many more open water swimmers coming in the years ahead to take on the challenges of this fresh water playground,” says Ridgway. “I have been involved with three prior ‘Big Lake Swims’ in Lake Pend Oreille, but all of those were as part of a relay team. I knew that someone would eventually come along to do it as a solo swim, and after talking with Elaine several years ago, I thought that she would be the ideal swimmer to accomplish this feat first! She is not only an amazing athlete, but she does so much to inspire and support others in the swimming world. She is going to open up a whole new venue for big open water swims in the Pacific Northwest.”

    The big swim will begin at Buttonhook Bay, the southernmost point in the lake and progress northward to the intended finish line at the Sandpoint City Beach Park. Howley expects to cover the 34 miles in 17 to 20 hours if weather conditions are fair. If conditions prove rough or windy, the swim could take upwards of 24 hours or more. A veteran marathon swimmer who has completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, which consists of solo crossings of the Catalina and English Channels and a solo circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, Howley is also a certified ice swimmer who completed a 1-mile ocean swim in Boston Harbor in December 2012. The water was 41-degrees during that swim and Howley did not wear a wetsuit. She also recently completed a 24-hour training swim in Lake Cochituate in Wayland, Mass., during which she covered more than 38 miles.

    “After that most recent great experience, I’m feeling really confident about this upcoming big swim,” Howley says. “It’s a total privilege to be invited to do this swim, and I’m very grateful for the community support I’ve already had in planning the logistics.”

    Howely, who works as Associate Editor for U.S. Masters Swimming, will be supported in this adventure by a highly experienced crew that will shadow her from a powerboat. Ridgway will be joined by Howley’s husband, Mark Howley of Waltham, Mass., and sports nutritionist Sunny Blende of Sausalito, Calif. Randy Hixon of Sausalito, Calif., will also be offering kayak support.

    The swim will be conducted under the auspices of the Marathon Swimmers Federation following the official Rules of Marathon Swimming, of which Howley was a co-author. Fellow co-author Andrew Malinak of Seattle, Wash.,—who is also a marathon swimmer and recently became only the third person to complete all seven stages of the 8 Bridges Swim down the Hudson River and undertook a highly-publicized attempt to swim the Strait of Juan de Fuca in 2013—will also be on board to observe and document the swim. The rules state that the swimmer may not touch the boat or any of the crew and may not wear a wetsuit. The water is expected to range between 65 and 70 degrees F.

    Howley, who is sponsored by women’s clothing company Athleta and sports nutrition product company UCAN, says this swim will be a real test of her skills and endurance. “And from what I’ve been told, it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet to swim. So, sign me up! I’m excited to be embarking on this amazing journey!”

    Stop me if you've heard this one...
    A grasshopper walks into a bar...

  • IronMikeIronMike Northern VirginiaCharter Member
    Freaking awesome, @emkhowley!

    We're all just carbon, water, starlight, oxygen and dreams

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