Ilha Grande/Foz do Rio Palmares Challenge Completed By 8

Ilha Grande/Foz do Rio Palmares Challenge Completed By 8

Courtesy of Soraya Siviero, Brazil.

The Ilha Grande/Foz do Rio Palmares Challenge, the first Rio Grande do Sul open water swim race after the events were permitted to restart since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

On Sunday, April 11th, open water swimmers Kassius Prestes, Gustavo Brenner, Thiago Schmitt, Marcio Weber, Jeferson Fischer Sperb, Wilmar Araújo, Gerson Martins, and Rubens Assis completed the 11 km swim held in Palmares do Sul in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Kassius was the first to complete the crossing in 2 hours 5 minutes. Two speedboats, a fishing boat, and three kayaks accompanied the swimmers throughout the course, under the supervision of Francismar Siviero.

Ilha Grande, the starting point, is located between the lagoons of Casamento, Rio Manjolo, and Lagoa dos Patos with 1,800 uninhabited hectares. The fauna and flora are preserved with several species of orchids, bromeliads, cactus, palm trees, and centenary fig trees. In the characteristic fauna, you can see caturritas, tarrãs, swamps, capybaras, armadillos, wild horses, and several birds. Further inland from the island is the Rio Morto, which receives its name because it cannot be navigated due to the thick vegetation that grew in the riverbed.

The event, organized by the Swimming by The Postcards Project (Projeto Nadando Pelos Cartões Postais), was supported by Weber Super Oil Change, Super Lang Palmares do Sul, Mormaii Natação and Decathlon Iguatemi. The Swimming by The Postcards Project seeks to unite sport and ecological awareness with its open water activities.

To learn more on how to participate and support this project, visit

Steven Munatones