Early tomorrow morning, at 07h00 on Saturday, August 13th, a group of 70 extreme swimmers will set off from the island of Cabrera on an incredibly arduous non-competitive 25,000 metre open-water swimming race (that’s a very long and tough 15.5 miles of open-waters). Actually, two groups will attempt to do the crossing: Group 3K and Group 2.5K. The first group will aim to do the crossing in about 8.5 hours, aiming for a swimming pace of 3,000 metres per hour. The second group is aiming to do the crossing in about 10 hours at a swimming pace of 2,500 metres per hour. I have done the crossing by boat and cannot fathom anyone swimming the whole gruesome distance.
This challenge is a first for Mallorca. The swim has been organised as a non-competitive test for all participants. If the event proves successful and if enough swimmers manage to complete the course, the ultra-distance swim will be repeated next year in a competitive manner against the clock.
On their day-long swimming challenge, the swimmers will almost certainly meet some dolphins tomorrow. The waters of the Parque Nacional del Archipiélago de Cabrera are the natural domain of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleo-alba), the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis), the Pilot Whale (Globicephala melaena), the Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) and the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta).
The photo (top) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of 3mf.org. It shows Jen Schumacher, a female graduate student and marathon-swimmer from the USA who has completed several major marathon swims, including the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the 21-mile Catalina Channel in both directions. She is attempting to become the first person ever to complete the Ocean’s Seven challenge: the Catalina Channel (21 miles between Southern California and Santa Catalina Island – done), the Moloka‘i Channel (or Kaiwi Channel) (26 miles between O’ahu and Moloka’i in Hawaii – done), the Tsugaru Strait (12 miles between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan), the Cook Strait (14 miles between the North and South Islands of New Zealand), the English Channel (21 miles between England and France), the Strait of Gibraltar (9 miles between Spain in Europe and Morocco in North-Africa) and the Irish Channel or North Channel (21 miles between Northern Ireland and Scotland – considered the most difficult channel in the world). She will not participate in tomorrow’s Cabrera challenge but, she may do so in future Cabrera trials.
The map was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of mojatecontracorriente.blogspot.com. The video was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and XTRMEVENTS.
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