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SEA WEEK, PORTUGAL
August 2 – 9 2015
Dedication Channel Swim: Faial to Pico as part of Sea Week 2015
The Faial-Pico channel is an 8.3 km or 5-mile long channel that separates the islands of Faial and Pico in the central group of the archipelago of the Azores. Portugal.
The Week of the Sea is a nautical and community festival held on Faial and one of the largest events of the archipelago.
The Faial to Pico channel swim had never been done before David Yudovin who completed the crossing in 2008. Last year, several swimmers attempted it and only a few made it.
This year, as part of Sea Week and a memorial to David who passed away in March, fourteen swimmers completed the swim with another record time of 1:43.12. The conditions were great with light winds and good tides. Wet suits were permitted.
Congratulations to everyone. Learn more - Week Of the Sea Festival.
Reported by Altino and Lourdes Goulart
RACE FOR PEACE, SERBIA
August 2. 2015
7000 Attend the 46th Sabac International Swimming Marathon
For the last forty-five years, the citizens of Šabac take their summer vacation to coincide with this traditional event held during the first week of August. More than 7000 locals are entertained by cooking competitions and a vintage car show along with local entertainers.
This year, with a distance of 19 kilometers, the participants completed the marathon from the village of Jarak to Old Town Beach near the historic fortress in the city of Sabac.
There were seventeen competitors — 12 male and 5 female champions representing nine countries. Coming in first in the male and female categories are Duje Milan from Split, Croatian and Jelena Jecanski from Becej, Serbia.
For the entire duration of the race, swimming neck to neck, there were six swimmers who constantly took turns to take the lead. This made the race even more exciting as the results came down to the wire. The winners were only known at the very end.
This Marathon marked the participation of three young marathon swimmers from Bečej (Serbia):
1. Tamaš Farkaš
2. Bence Balsam
3. Jelena Ječanski.
They competed very well against tough rivals and Farkaš and Balsam took 4th and 7th place respectively in male competition, while Jelena Ječanski won in female competition.
In additional to the marathon, there was a swimming race from old railroad bridge to Old Town Beach in Šabac at a distance of 1200m. Other competitions included the 500m-kayak race; the beach volleyball cup, the Serbian sand wrestling championship and sand equestrian demonstrations.
The marathon is called the Race for Peace in honor and remembrance of the citizens of Šabac who died during a forced march between Šabac to Jarak in September of 1941. The community event is sponsored by the two cities — Šabac and Sremska, Mitrovica with support from the Tourist Organization of the City of Šabac.
Director of Šabac International Swimming Marathon
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