Corsica-Sardinia, a Cross-Border Island-to-Island Swim between France and Italy

Corsica-Sardinia, a Cross-Border Island-to-Island Swim between France and Italy

The Strait of Bonifacio is a 11 km straight-line distance between Capo Pertusato on Corsica in France and Punta Marmorata on Sardinia in Italy.

The cross-border swim is known as one of the World’s Top 100 Island Swims where the strait divides the Tyrrhenian Sea and the western Mediterranean Sea that presents dynamic weather, strong currents, shoals, and other obstacles to the swimmers.

Neda el Món offers two options to cross the channel: the 15 km Strait of Bonifacio riding east currents and the 13 km Strait of Bonifacio riding west currents.

Neda el Món coach Marc Caballe and his colleagues make solo and tandem crossing of the channel a manageable challenge: they inform and advise the swimmers, provide training plans six months in advance, follow-up on the training including a face-to-face session once per month in Barcelona, and the logistics and operations throughout the week of the event in Sardinia.

Additionally, an 11 km crossing of the Strait of Bonifacio with Neda el Món guarantees a spot to cross the 14.4 km Strait of Gibraltar with Neda el Món the following year.

Neda el Món offers two options: 15 km Strait of Bonifacio riding East currents and the 13 km Strait of Bonifacio riding West currents. Between September 26th and October 2nd, 16 participants can challenge themselves in the 22-23ºC water. The opportunity quickly sold out for 2022. The plan is for four groups of four swimmers of equal speed to be selected based on face-to-face training in Barcelona.

Swimmers gather in Palau (Sardinia) between September 26th and October 2nd, and wait for the appropriate swim window based on the wind, wave and current forecast. The decision on the direction is then left to the conditions. Neda el Món explains, “On the day of the crossing, the swimmers will embark from the port of Palau in Sardinia an hour before the start. The crossing will always be in the direction of Corsica-to-Sardinia. The starting point in Corsica will depend on the current of the day of the crossing which is confirmed by Neda el Món halfway on the boat ride to Corsica in the middle of the Strait of Bonifacio. If the currents are coming from the east, the starting point will be on the east coast of Corsica. Conversely, if the currents are coming from the west, the starting point will be on the west coast of Corsica.”

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