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2-way English Channel 80km swimming to tackle climate changes

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Above: Vitek with his two sons

Rostislav Vitek, this July, is going to attempt a 2-way English Channel crossing swimming from England to France and back to England again without wetsuit, a distance of around 80km, attempting to break the world record of 16h 10min set by Philip Rush in 1987. Water temperature is estimated to be 12-16 degrees Celsius. In 2009, Vitek set the national record in Czech Republic to swim solo one way across the English Channel at 7 Hours, 16 minutes and 25 seconds, which was also the fourth fastest solo swim of all time. He agrees that global warming is an SOS issue all of us in the world are facing right now. He believes that the decrease of glaciers and the increase of sea level are associated with global warming. As an open water and marathon swimmer, he wants to do something for the next generation. He hopes to use this swimming challenge to draw the public’s attention to the issues related to our ocean. At least half of the raised fund will go to Friends Of The Earth (https://friendsoftheearth.uk) which has projects to tackle climate changes with various approaches. The rest will be used to cover part of the expenses of the challenge.

Victoria Mori – Antarctica 1km

Victoria Mori, our member, from Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท, this November, is going to CHALLENGE 1km in Antarctica, held by international ice swimming association (IISA). Estimated water temperature will be between -1 and + 1 ยบC. Once again, under IISA rule, the usage of wetsuit is not allowed. We will follow her progress ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

More info: http://www.victoriamori.com/
[Short profile: 5th place in the overall ranking of FINA Grand Prix 2016; 1st place in 200m free and 450 free in Winter Swimming World Championship (water 0.3 ยบC, air -5 ยบC); National Record holder in 1km ice swimming; 5th place in the international ranking in IISA 1km]

Rostislav Vitek – Two Way English Channel Challenge

Rostislav Vitek, from Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, our member, this July, is going to challenge 2-way English Channel to swim ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ from England to France and back to England. Attempting to smash the WORLD RECORD! For sure, without wetsuit with the cold water around 80km ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. We will keep tracking his challenge and support him. We will follow his progress.ย Stay tuned with us.
[Short swimming profile: Olympic Games Beijing 2008 10km, 1st in World Cup Capri – Napoli 2009, 2011 (37km), 1-way England Channel national recorder holder 7hr16min25s, 3rd in Marathon Santa Fe – Coronda (57km)]

More info of his past results:ย rostavitek.cz