Cool, Cooler And Cold In Lac St-Jean

Cool, Cooler And Cold In Lac St-Jean

Petar Stoychev is poised to compete for this 10th straight victory at tomorrow’s 32K Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Roberval, Canada.

But water temperatures are currently an issue in the FINA Grand Prix event. Currently, at the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, the water is hovering right around 17°C (62°F).

With the air temperature also a maximum of 17°C and winds picking up, lac St-Jean may go down in temperature.

With the FINA Open Water Swimming rule governing the minimum water temperature of 16°C (i.e., races must be cancelled before that temperature), the Traversée is right on the edge.

FINA OWS 5.5 states, “The water temperature should be a minimum of 16°C. It should be checked the day of the race, 2 hours before the start, in the middle of the course at a depth of 40 cm. This control should be done in the presence of a Commission made up of the following persons present; a Referee, a member of the Organising Committee and one coach from the teams present designated during the Technical Meeting.”

Let’s hope the weather and water temperature holds.

Photo by Steeve Tremblay.

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