What A Week It Was At The Travessia do Leme ao Pontal

What A Week It Was At The Travessia do Leme ao Pontal

Adherbal de Oliveira, President of the Leme Pontal Swimming Association, reported on the happenings during the last week of May regarding the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Four Travessia do Leme to Pontal swims were completed by Argentine, Uruguayan and Mexican swimmers.

On May 25th, at midnight, the swim of the Harry Allyne Ilhabela Águas Abertas team started with 64-year-old Harry Finger and 32-year-old Allyne Pacheco Torres [see below]. The two swimmers, after patiently waiting throughout the pandemic, overcame the adversities of swimming at night and the seasickness both of them felt due to the waves in the first four hours of swimming. They finished the completing their crossing in 10 hours 13 minutes 1 second.

The next day, May 26th, 37-year-old Eric Minoru Nakumo, accompanied by his coach Marta Izo, started his swim towards Pontal at midnight. Nakumo was very confident and happy for his big day to arrive, after training for two hard years. The sea conditions were good with ocean swells, southeasterly winds, and a current that was mostly favorable, pushed him towards the finish. He reached the sands of Pontal Beach very happy with his time of 8 hours 47 minutes 15 seconds [see below].

Without rest for the LPSA team, at dawn on May 27th, 44-year-old André Castelucio started his swim with the expectation of improving the crossing record [see below]. The beginning of his swim was fantastic, at times obtaining an average speed close to 5 km per hour, however the current did not help him in the other stretches of the course despite the waves and winds as being favorable. Castelucio had to exert a lot of strength to overcome the current and concluded the crossing in 8 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds, a bit slower than his initial goal of completing the crossing record 7 hours.

Closing the golden week in Rio de Janeiro, the “Os Inabaláveis” team of 51-year-old Edgar Adalberto Coelho and 45-year-old José Eduardo do Amaral Ferreira [see below] in 10 hours 54 minutes 27 seconds. Both are well-known for their feats on the Travessia do Leme ao Pontal. Edgar has already performed several swims at Leme to Pontal and José Ferreira is the only swimmer to complete the double crossing. On May 29, José Ferreira started the relay crossing. The swimmers took turns swimming every hour, advancing on the course that continued with good winds and swells on a beautiful sunny morning in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Finally, it is with great joy for the Brazilian open water swimming and for the LPSA team, Guinness World Records recognized Betina Martins Lorscheitter as the Fastest Leme-Pontal swim (female) with a time of 8 hours 54 minutes 19 seconds, Catarina Almeida Porfírio as the Oldest person to complete the Leme-Pontal swim (female) at 45 years and 9 days of age, and updated the Oldest person to complete the Leme-Pontal swim (male) of American Anthony McCarley at 60 years and 98 days of age [see below].”


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