Swim Brothers World Tour: Conquering a 10K on Six Continents

Swim Brothers World Tour: Conquering a 10K on Six Continents

Ten months ago, the Swim Brothers Joe and John Zemaitis made history by completing their Ultimate Swim-a-Thon, conquering a remarkable 10K swim in all 50 states within a mere 25 days. Now, during the Swim Brothers World Tour, from June 6, 2023 to June 10, 2023, they accomplished another extraordinary feat by surpassing the existing Guinness World Record for the fastest time to swim a 10K on six continents.

From the swim brothers Facebook

South America – June 6: The Swim Brothers kick-started their ambitious Six Continents World Tour in Cartagena, Colombia. Despite their brief 24-hour stay, they fell in love with this captivating destination. The swim had excellent boat support and an exhilarating route that commenced at the city skyline and concluded at Blue Apple Beach on Isla Tierra Bomba. The Caribbean Sea had near-perfect conditions, except for the rather warm 87-degree water. The initial leg covered 10.1 kilometers in a time of 2 hours and 46 minutes.

North America – June 7: Miami was the starting point for the Swim Brothers’ North American leg. They embarked on a route around Virginia Key in the early morning hours. The bay was beautiful with crystal-clear and shallow waters with hundreds of fish and the occasional ray. Though the currents posed some challenges towards the end, the duo succeeded thanks to the invaluable support of Wind Addict Miami and Captain George. Special recognition goes to the Marathon Swimmers Federation and Evan Morrison, who accompanied them as the official observer across all six continents. This leg covered just over 11 kilometers and concluded in 3 hours and 21 minutes.

Africa – June 8: Despite a limited 12-hour stopover in Morocco, the Swim Brothers made the most of their time on the ground. They embarked on a 10K coastal route near Rabat, approximately an hour’s drive from Casablanca. Local captain’s boat support proved invaluable throughout the swim. Although the start was challenging, with rough and choppy waters around the initial turn, the steady tailwind and pleasant 73-degree water compensated for the initial hurdles. Completing the leg in 2 hours and 41 minutes, the Swim Brothers enjoyed the coastal scenery, which offered captivating views of towns and allowed them to observe marine life in the shallow waters. Following their swim, they headed back to the airport to catch their flight to Istanbul, marking the halfway point of their tour.

Asia/Europe – June 9: The Swim Brothers took an overnight flight from Casablanca to Istanbul, preparing for a hard day of swimming across two continents. In Asia, they recorded a solid 3-hour and 19-minute swim, encountering favorable conditions for the majority of the route, albeit facing some strong currents towards the end. The heart of Istanbul mesmerized them during the first half-mile of the European swim, while the afternoon brought increased wind, adding a touch of texture to the water. Navigating the bustling vessel traffic while staying close to the shore, they completed the European leg in an impressive time of 2 hours and 59 minutes. With a few hours to spare before heading to the airport, they explored Istanbul’s Old City, appreciating the sights up close that they had earlier witnessed from the water.

Asia/Europe (continued) – June 9: The Swim Brothers commenced their day in Asia, transitioning from the exhaustion of minimal sleep during the flight to a brisk awakening in the 66-degree waters. As they swam alongside the city’s skyline, they encountered minor interruptions to allow passing boats. The swim proved challenging due to a mile-long current against them for the majority of the way. However, they conquered the final stretch, fighting the Bosphorus current to finish the leg in a commendable 3 hours and 19 minutes. Following a short break on the boat, they embarked on the second swim of the day, this time on the European side. The leg showcased Istanbul’s historical heart, swimming past iconic landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. With the absence of a mild current to contend with, their pace quickened, and they completed the leg, covering 11 kilometers in 2 hours and 59 minutes. Local support, provided by Kamil Resa Alsaran, played a crucial role in ensuring the success of this leg. The Swim Brothers savored a couple of hours exploring the city’s old quarter before bidding farewell to Europe and setting their sights on the next destination, Australia.

Australia – June 10: The Swim Brothers’ adventure reached its culmination in Australia, where they confronted unexpected delays but persevered to undertake a night swim in Sydney. Starting at Cronulla Beach, they encountered a host of jellyfish at the beginning, though fortunately, subsequent encounters were minimal. A lighthouse near the halfway mark provided a much-needed boost during the dark swim. The tour concluded at the base of the Captain Cook Monument, commemorating the site of James Cook’s first landing in Australia in 1770. Despite the setback from the flight delay, the Swim Brothers accomplished their 10K+ swim, crossing all six continents in less than five days. They expressed gratitude for the favorable weather, ideal conditions, and unwavering support they received throughout their journey, particularly acknowledging the Marathon Swimmers Federation and Evan Morrison, who served as their official observer.

Note: All information provided is based on the Swim Brothers’ Facebook posts and accounts of their experiences during the tour.