Breaking News From The Bering Strait

Breaking News From The Bering Strait

Jack Bright reports from above the Arctic Circle, “For the last two weeks I have been in Petropavlovsk Kamchatski in Russia. I am participating in what will be a historic swim across the Bering Strait from Cape Dezhnev, Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska USA (via Big and Little Diomede Islands).

The water temperature is estimated to be between 4-8°C. There will be 19 swimmers from China, Russia and the USA. Each swimmer will swim for 15 minutes at a time. The distance of the crossing is 86K and our estimated crossing time is 30 hours.

Each swimmer could swim up to 6 times. All the swimmers are experienced cold water swimmers.

Everyone has been checked by doctors. It should be some swim and there have been other swimming expeditions in the area before, most notably was Lynne Cox’s great swim form Little Diomede to Big Diomede in 1987. However, crossing the whole Bering Strait from Russia to the USA has never been done so it will be a world first.

This expedition took a lot of planning by the Russian organizers. It was only today after two weeks of waiting in Petropavlovsk Kamchatski that we got the go ahead. We should start the swim on or around the 10th of August

The official website is here; Openwaterpedia entry is here.

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