Tag: Mercedes Gleitze

Brian Meharg Shares His Perspectives On North Channel Crossings At the 2019 WOWSA Ocean Fest

Back in the day before contemporary technological advances were utilized, Brian Meharg navigated swimmers across the North Channel with pen and paper, an era of trial and error as captains, navigators and swimmers were learning the idiosyncrasies of tidal flows and currents in the North Channel. Brian Meharg Shares His Perspectives On North Channel Crossings

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Wayne Soutter, Hitting The Wall

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Sean McCarry, Commander of the Community Rescue Service, escorted Wayne Soutter on an unprecedented swim across the Dál Riata Channel in 2012 that was initially pioneered by Mercedes Gleitze in 1928. The Irish Long Distance Swimming Association recently issued an official medal to Soutter, recognizing his

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Courtesy of Heather Clatworthy and Doloranda Pember (daughter of Mercedes Gleitze), Portstewart, Northern Ireland. "Since I was a little girl growing up in Portstewart sitting on the strand beach, twiddling the sand between my toes, I have looked across the sea to Donegal and wanted to swim to the other side," writes Heather Clatworthy. "Now at the age

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A Christmas Present From The Open Water

Courtesy of Clare Delargy, producer of Mercedes The Spirit Of A New Age. Mercedes The Spirit Of A New Age, a documentary film on Mercedes Gleitze, will be broadcast this Christmas in the United Kingdom on UTV/ITV and UTV Ireland. "It was shown earlier in Australia with Foxtel/Bio Channel and was also featured at the Galway Film Fleadh this summer just

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Wandering Samurai In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. A rōnin was a samurai with no lord or master during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan. A samurai became masterless for various reasons including due to the death or fall of his master. In modern Japanese usage, rōnin - or a wandering samurai - also describes an individual who is between jobs or a high

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One Great Achievement More

Courtesy of Doloranda Pember about her mother Mercedes Gleitze. Doloranda Hannah Pember provided information about her mother's swim of 30 hours in Cork, Ireland on February 25th and 26th 1930. Gleitze's swim took place in the Eglington Street Swimming Baths under the watchful eyes of stewards from the Munster Branch of the Irish Amateur Swimming

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