5 Open Water Swimming Facts

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Happy Monday friends from Monterey. I'm attending my literary agency retreat and on Cali time so today's Monday Cuppa is as well.

While celebrating the individual release of Shadowed on ebook, I thought I'd share a little of Libby's open water swimming world with you. Hope you enjoy!

Open Water Swimming

5 Open Water Swimming Facts

What is open water swimming?

Open water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans. The beginning of modern age of open water swimming is often attributed to Lord Byron’s swim crossing the Dardanelles (formerly known as the Hellespont) on May 3rd, 1810, crossing from Europe to Asia.

What are the five longest open water swims?

  1. Eight Bridges Hudson River Swim, USA (120 miles)
  2. Maraton Acuatico International Hernandarias, Argentina (50 miles)
  3. Ruta Vuelta a Wood Isla de Ibiza, Spain (43.5 miles)
  4. Maraton Acuatico Rio Santa Fe, Argentina (35.4 miles)
  5. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, USA (28.5 miles)

How much sea water covers the Earth’s surface?

On Earth there is 328 million cubic miles of seawater, which covers about 71% of the Earth’s entire surface—that’s a lot of swimming space.

Who was the first woman to swim the English Channel?

Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel on August 6th, 1926, and did it quicker than the fastest man, demolishing the existing world record by more than two hours.

What stroke is required in open water swim competitions?

Most open water races don’t require a specific stroke, but the most popular stroke used by competitors is freestyle.

Just keep swimming,