Europe

Aussie marathon swimmer to challenge English Channel record

Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel is planning to create a slice of history with a 35th crossing of the English Channel after being given a special exemption to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Considered one of the greatest ultra-swimmers of all time, she has so far tamed the treacherous stretch of water between England and France 31 times and is planning to add four more crossings within the next month.

How has COVID-19 affected English Channel swims this year?

Student Daniel Shailer has a Channel crossing booked for this year. He's been looking into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Channel swimming this year.

Channel swimming is always unpredictable, and that has never been more true than this year. Government restrictions on unnecessary travel, social distancing and international travel forced all Channel swims in June to cancel and placed much of the rest of the season in jeopardy.

Alternatives to swimming: pros and cons

Does anyone remember those times before coronavirus? In that previous life, people would occasionally ask me, how do I find the motivation to do so much swimming? These were mostly non-swimmers, obviously. The question often arises from people who think you must be swimming for some greater purpose such as losing weight or getting fit. They don’t seem to understand that we swim because we love swimming. 

Changes to the Alpen Adria Swim Cup Schedule

It goes without saying, the priority for all race directors and organizers is always the safety of participants. Unavoidably, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of events have had to be rescheduled or cancelled this year. Months of hard work and dedication are invested into each event, so decisions to cancel or postpone are not taken lightly.

You look down and see giant shapes moving in the water beneath you’

A jellyfish sting? Ger Carty compares the painful sensation to a bee sting before correcting himself. “I’d say it’s probably more like a bad nettle sting, that’s how I’d describe it.”

He should know because when he climbed out of the sea at Sangatte, in 2011, hauling himself up onto the unwelcoming, rocky coastline of northern France, almost 19 hours after leaving England, his body was covered in them.

8 new European races join the GSS: Alpen Adria Swim Cup!

The 8 races of the Alpen Adria Swim Cup have added more beautiful and majestic European races join the Global Swim Series.  If you include the LGSA Classique on Lake Geneva in Switzerland to the 8 races in the Alpen Adria Swim Cup and that makes 9 European races that have joined in less than a month!  Not to mention the plethora of other GSS races across Europe.  No excuses looking for a race in Europe this summer!

Christof Wandratsch Shows Speed & Stamina At Amstel Ice Swim

Germany’s Christof Wandratsch never used to like or perform well in cold water when he was a professional marathon swimmer in the 1990s.

But times change as Wandratsch has well-deservedly become an icon in ice swimming. The transformation to a truly hardened athlete is complete.

Kyra Wijnker Wins Ice Kilometer At Amstel Ice Swim

Kyra Wijnker won the distance freestyle races (500m + 1000m) at the Amstel Ice Swim on December 28th – 29th at the Roeicentrum Berlagebrug, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Marathon 151km Caribbean swim leaves SA endurance athlete in hospital

A South African endurance swimmer had to be hospitalised with severe muscle breakdown after a 151km, 56-hour swim in the Caribbean.

Cape Town-educated Cameron Bellamy, an entrepreneur in San Francisco who swims to raise money for African charities, barely survived his latest adventure, which involved swimming from Barbados to St Lucia.

New record in monster swim at Loch Ness set by swimmers from Hong Kong and Czech Republic

A DISTANCE swimmer from Hong Kong has led a team to set a new unofficial record for a four-person relay swim of Loch Ness.

Experienced ice water swimmer Chun Kong Mak and his three Czech team-mates completed the 23 miles from Fort Augustus to Lochend in 11 hours and 38 minutes.

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