Tag: Strait of Messina

Making Memories In Messina

There is a series of open water swims in Sicily near or in the Strait of Messina held annually in August and September. The Strait of Messina is a narrow channel between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria which is on the Italian mainland. The first race is the 5.2 km Traversata dello Stretto with the longest history and a difficult

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Swimming Against The Tide

Successfully swimming across the Strait of Messina requires an experienced escort pilot. Choose the wrong time and life swimming in the narrow waterway between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria in southern Italy can be extraordinarily difficult. The strait is characterized by strong tidal currents that requires expertise and

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First Crossing Of The Strait Of Messina

Nino Fazio of Italy found a photo of the first crossing of the Strait of Messina near Sicily, Italy taken on September 26th, 1930. The swimmer in the photo was the young pioneer Giuseppe "Pippo" Dominici from Messina. Nino received the photo from Alberto Dominici, Pippo's son. Pippo was 17 years old at the time, supported by his trainer Lillo Bensaja and

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Mini Channel Swims Around The World

The English Channel, the Catalina Channel and the Molokai Channel are well-known open water swimming challenges around the world. It takes hard work and dedication to cross these channels. But are there other warm-water, mini channels around the world for people who want to become a channel swimmer but do not want to swim 20 miles in rough, cold water to

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