Bering Strait Relay update

from their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BeringStraitSwim

More updates - great news!
From Craig Lenning, swimmer from USA:
They've been swimming for 2 days and they have just crossed the International Dateline! Craig has already been in the water for four shifts and the other American swimmer, Melissa Mo O'Reilly was getting in for another shift. Craig will be in the water again in a couple of hours. They expect to complete the swim an another day and a half.

From Cristian Vergara, representing Chile:
Cristian reports the Bering Strait relay is just off of little Diomede. Swim going well. Making great progress. Swim was suspended last night due to weather. Been swimming approx 42 hours.

[later] The relay has resumed. It was suspended for
about 10 hours due weather. Restarted 4:45p Seattle time. 3 meter+ swells. Water to now about 7c/44f. 48 swimmers still swimming 10 minute legs. About to enter Us Waters. Spirits good.


from: http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/521/bering-strait-relay-swim#Item_17

This just in! From Scott Lautman via Western Washington Open Water Swimmers Facebook group:

4:29pm PDT: Cristian VERGARA reports the Relay is just off of little Diomede. Swim going well. Making great progress. Swim was suspended last night due to weather. Been swimming approx 42 hours. We should be getting more info as they get better cell coverage.

4:55pm PDT: Just got off phone with Cristian. The relay has resumed. It was suspended for about 10 hours due weather. Restarted 4:45p Seattle time. 3 meter+ swells. Water to now about 7c/44f. 48 swimmers still swimming 10 minute legs. About to enter Us Waters. Spirits good.


from http://eisberg.narod.ru translated with google
18.08.2013. The first intercontinental relay race from Russia to America across the Bering Strait (official press release).
From 5 to 11 August, 60 swimmers from 16 nations sailed away from Cape Dezhneva (Chukotka) to Cape Prince of Wales (Alaska) relay swimming, will connect Russia and America. 6 days swimmers covered the distance of 134 km with a water temperature of 3-11 ° C and an air temperature of 4-10 ° C. The most important factor of the expedition were the weather conditions and storms, winds up to 20 meters per second and waves up to 6 meters, and very strong current in the Bering Strait. Relay team consisted of the most experienced swimmers in the icy water that came from all over the world. Swimming relay race across the Bering Strait was a dream for everyone involved. To swim a relay race, required great physical strength and experience of all team members. But more than swimming in the Bering Strait necessary courage and psychological determination.
The most difficult part of the relay was the last stage in the 20 km, when the current was so strong that even the most experienced swimmers were able to swim a distance of only 150 m in 15 minutes, and sometimes the nature of the swimmers were pushed in the opposite direction.
The relay was not only a great sport, but also the task of great importance to the organizers. Swim accompanied by a large Russian military hospital ship "Irtysh", as well as three large boats, which ensure the security of swimmers and swim route guidance.
The work of the whole team of support was very hard, because the swimming took place 24 hours a day.
Chairman of the working group for the project was the Russian winter swimmer Oleg Dokuchaev from Khabarovsk.
The entire project was funded and provided by the Eastern Military District of Russia, headed by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko with the support of government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
The relay was launched at Cape Dezhneva American swimmer Melissa O'Reilly on the Russian side, and finished swimming on U.S. soil in Alaska in the village of Wales Russian swimmer Oleg Dokuchaev.
Swim success showed how people from different parts of the world can come together to realize a common goal.
(Press release from Alexander Yakovlev, a representative of Latvia in the IWS A (International Winter Swimming Association, the International Association of winter swimming).


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