Never Giving Up Between Cyprus And Israel

Never Giving Up Between Cyprus And Israel

The bar was raised by a team in California and may be raised yet again by a team in Israel.

Udi Erell explains about the Cyprus Israel Relay Swim, an audacious 380 km (236-mile) attempt to swim from Cyprus to Israel, “We had to abort the swim about 2/3 of the way from Cyprus to Israel, due to adverse sea conditions. The decision was a tough one to make, since all of the swimmers were still in great shape even after more than 60 hours, including one shift against 1.5-2 meter waves. But it became dangerous for boarding the boat at the end of each shift, not to mention the need to swim further away from the yawing boat, with the risk of it losing sight of the swimmer in the darkness.

We know we made the right decision, since the sea kept building up to over 3 meters and 25 knot cross wind
.”

But Erell (shown above), Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, and Luc Chetboun (with crew members Erez Amir, Nimrod Or, and Uri Brown, are not about to give up so easily. “We are definitely planning on making the attempt again.”

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Steven Munatones