The challenge is finally upon him! After much preparation this year with Water World Swim, 17-year old New Waves swimmer Hunter Wright will cross the Strait of Magellan, guided by Coaches Pedro, Levy, and Mike. He will arrive in Punta Arenas to swim in his allotted window of January 14th-21st.
The swim is approximately 3 miles long, and consists of unforgiving water from 38-41 degrees F. Currents are expected to be at 12-14 knots from east to west and west and to east, creating whirlpools. Hunter will be the youngest non-wetsuit swimmer to complete it. He is practicing in the bay and in winter lakes closer to home in water from 37-43 degrees.
On the maps below, you will find Punta Arenas in the southwestern circle, and the crossing in the northeast.
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Enterprise High School, Redding California
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2013
Enterprise High School announces Hunter Wright on his Open Water Challenge of swimming the Straits of Magellan in January 2014
Redding, CA December 9, 2013 – Hunter Wright is a senior attending Enterprise High School. Over the last four years of attendance he is captain of the swim team, homecoming king and a great student. Enterprise High is happy to announce that Hunter will be on his way to Punta Arenas, Chile in January 2014 to swim the challenging Straits of Magellan without a wetsuit.
Enterprise High School is proud of Hunter for his accomplishments he has achieved so far. To name just a few he has completed 20 Alcatraz, San Francisco bay crossings, 8 Golden Gate Bridge crossings and numerous 10k swims. These include San Francisco bay and Tel Aviv, Israel as he took a very respectable first place finish against Olympic swimmers.
Enterprise High School and the Redding community are all anxiously awaiting Hunter’s upcoming swim in Chile. Completing this swim is a goal well within Hunters reach. He is a focused and driven young man. We all stand proud that such a great representative of our community is achieving such high goals.
THANK YOU FROM WATER WORLD SWIM
Water World Swim would like to thank the Chilean Navy for their support for the 3rd straight year in a row in helping international swimmers accomplish one of the most challenging crossings in the world!
The WWS team would also like to thank General Manager Mr. Enrique Garin for his great coordination with the Chilean Navy and hosting the team in his beautiful hotel, Hotel Rey Don Felipe in Punta Arenas, Chile.
We would also like to thank Dr. Marcos Goic Ordenes for his assistance in submitting all initial documentation to the local authorities, and to Port Captain Carlos Ordenes for assisting and coordinating all initial meetings with the Chilean Navy Regional Admirant Commandant offices.
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”
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
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.
Rafal is in Punta Arenas. He is walking around the town, in a very beautiful day in there, same temperaturea as San Francisco. The Polish Embassy in Santiago, Chile already called him. He is coordinating with Coach Julieta.
Note: The date has changed to February 9th
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