RAFAL ZIOBRO FROM POLAND CONQUERS THE STRAITS OF MAGELLAN

Swimmer from Krakow Poland just finished the swim accross the Straits of Magellan, Chile. The waters in this extreme part of the world were 4.5 deg C.(40.5 F.) His time was 1hr.19 min, covering the distance of 3.4 miles.  According to Rafal, he kept an even pace during the whole swim.  We at Water World Swim, international,  are very proud of the achievement of this swimmer, for being part of his training and preparation for this project.  Special thanks to the Chilean Navy for preparing and giving all the necessary support to make this swim possible. Thanks to our own Water World Swim Chile coach Julieta Nunez, who herself now prepares to swim the waters of Antartica next week.  CONGRATULATIONS RAFAL you make us very proud and we are  sure you are making your family in Poland proud but also to the world swimming community. Hoping we will see you soon visiting us in the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

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RAFAL ZIOBRO, on route to Punta Delgada, to get ready to cross tomorrow Wednesday 5:00 A.M. (12:00 midnight PST)

Feb.8.2011. (2:30 p.m P.S.T Cal. U.S. 7:30 p.m. Chile Time) Direct from Water World Swim  Chile Coach Julieta – “Here we are together with Rafal. We just came back from meeting with the Chilean Navy Authorities and Port Captain” . Tomorrow we leave Punta Arenas at 5:00 a.m. (12 midnight Cal.Time PST) on board the Navy Ship that will take us to the place of the swim – (First Narrows-Punta Delgada). Everything is ready for Rafal’s crossing and we got the full ok from the Navy. We got interviewed by radio stations, T.V., and El Mercurio, T.V. and all press corp are  coming along with us.  Rafal will swim  only in speedos and covered with Lanolin. He is ready, and very well focused.  Lots of excitement . “As part of my own training for my swim in Antartica next week I trained with Rafal without a wetsuit, and I spent 13 minutes and felt great”.  Please send us good vibes”

Satellite view

FORECAST :Straits of Magellan : Tomorrow Wednesday Feb. 9.  SUNNY

Currents supose  to bring good water temps. Currents under 12 knots to the East (Atlantic Ocean)  -under 14 knots to the West (Pacific Ocean)

Rafał Ziobro – jako pierwszy Polak próbuje przepłynąć Cieśninę Magellana
Raphael Ziobro – the first Pole to try to cross the Straits of Magellan

Coach Julieta joins Rafal for last two days of training-Straits of Magellan

Tuesday Feb. 8.2011.Water World Swim Chile Coach Julieta Nunez has joined Rafal for last two days of training. Rafal is ingreat spirits and possitive about his swim crossing. Only 2 more days for Rafal and Julieta travel to the southernmost navy base in the world, Punta Delgada, where as in the past swimmers wait for the conditions to be right to be taken by the Chilean Navy to Tierra del Fuego to start the swim towards the continent..To be continued with more details. in our next blog.

"The southermost part of the world"

Rafal Ziobro to Swim the Strait of Magellan

Rafal Zlobrio

Rafal Ziobrio will swim the Strait of Magellan in February

On February 11, 2011, Rafal Ziobro from Poland will attempt to swim the Strait of Magellan from Tierra del Fuego to the American Continent. The Chilean Navy has permitted this swim. These are some of the most treacherous waters in the world. The merging current and winds create unpredictable and challenging conditions. He will be supported by our own Water World Swim Coach Julieta Nuñez.

Julieta Nuñez has swam the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel many times. After Ziobro’s crossing she will attempt to swim a mile in Antarctica. Only two people have attempted the Antarctica swim; Chilean legend Victor “Tiburon” Contreras and Lynne Cox from the USA

We are sending him our support and will be posting updates on these epic swims here on the blog. Stay tuned.

Video: Coach Pedro Ordenes explains swimming the Strait of Magellan

Accomodations: Hostal Victora…su casa en la Pantagonia

Golden Gate Bridge to Aquatic Park Swim

Sunrise at Hyde St. PierWe had a great swim last Saturday morning on the flood current. After a little dancing on the boat, four of us jumped off the Dauntless about a half-mile east of the Golden Gate Bridge. The current wasn’t that strong, but there were big waves right by the bridge so we jumped parallel to the warming hut.

The moon was setting and there was a beautiful sunrise coming up and the colors in the sky were spectacular. The sun was glinting off the water in a dazzling way, making it a little tricky to navigate but our pilot Bill was guiding us with the kayak and the Dauntless was tracking us in close proximity. I wore the wetsuit so I could swim for a long time. The water felt really comfortable, probably around 52°F.

Swimming along Chrissy Field seem to take forever. The dome of the Palace of Fine Arts looked so far away each time I sighted. Then I remembered that I should enjoy the journey and not get caught up in the destination.

When I got near the stone wall of the Yacht Club  I tried to stay away from there because of the back eddies that Coach Pedro warned us about. I realized I was on the inside of the buoys and not the outside, which would have been better. A couple of other swimmers took a faster ride farther out in the bay. I was being conservative by being closer to shore, therefore slower. Being farther out requires better navigation skills, speed and timing to get to the narrow opening of Aquatic Park on time. If you are slow you can still manage if you are a good navigator with a feel for the water. Every swim in the bay is different and good practice for a variety of conditions.

Once we got to Fort Mason, we used the masts of the Balclutha as a guide to get to Aquatic Park. Sometimes the water is faster by the opening and you have to rush to get into the cove. But it was so easy we just glided right in like an airplane coming in for a landing. Once inside the cove, a great feeling of accomplishment and enjoyment of the swim.  It was about 2.5 miles distance but it took just a little over an hour. I would say that is almost twice the speed I normally swim, thanks to the current. I wasn’t racing, just trying to pace myself for a longer swim and save some energy for the end in case I had to sprint. Looking forward to the next long swim!