Tag: David Barra

2.6 Miles Of A Cold Water Challenge

Just as the Who's Who of continental European channel swimmers came out to Sandycove Island in Ireland last month, the Who's Who of East Coast America came out to the inaugural Cold Water Challenge in Fairfield, Connecticut today. In a course pioneered and popularized by Andy Davis, Liz Fry, Jim Bayles and Kevin Lederer, the crème de la crème of East Coast

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America’s Channel Got Talent

The American Channel, formerly known as Massachusetts Bay, has been sitting dormant for nearly a century when it comes to marathon swimming. But Greg O’Connor (shown on left) of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association changed all that. With his vision and drive, he is reviving a swim that has attracted attention since 1915. Earlier today under

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Grace Van Der Byl Goes 3 For 3 After 17

Grace van der Byl did it again at the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge on Day Three. She dominated, not unexpectedly, the most difficult stage of the 4-day marathon - a tough, cold 17-miler (27.3 km) in Apache Lake. Just finishing over 5 hours, she separated herself by 20 minutes over the field. But everyone who swam had to dig deep as they faced relentless 20-30

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On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond Courtesy of WOWSA. In Search of Memphré is a 25-mile cross-border swim along the length of Lake Memphremagog starting from Newport, Vermont (USA) and ending in Magog, Quebec (Canada). The first group started at 12:12 am and the second wave left at 1:12 am. The group included Liz Fry (53), David Dammerman (43), Bill Shipp (52), David Barra

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8 Times As Good On 7 Straight Days

David Barra and Rondi Davies announced the 2nd annual 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim. At 120 miles (193K), his marathon swimming vision is the longest competitive solo swim event in the world. In collaboration with Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers, David, Rondi and Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers will organize 7 marathon swims

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The Colonies Are Casually Profound

While the annual banquet for the English Channel swimmers is elegant and black-tie, the annual Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is casual held with the Pacific Ocean looming just offshore.At this year's banquet, as usual, there was laughter, tears and heartfelt acknowledgements by the swimmers that frequently touched upon family ties. David Hartmire

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