Capri to Napoli Marathon

Hi folks, I'm considering applying for next summer. Has anyone done it? Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?

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  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    Anyone dealt with their 10-hour cutoff?

  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    I haven't, but i'm very interested in possibly swimming this some day

    SydneD
  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    It looks awesome. I did find, last summer in Italy, that most people did wetsuit and I wonder if this is similar. The time constraint means swimming at a pretty speedy clip!

  • JaimieJaimie NYCMember

    @SydneD - I haven't done it but have seen videos and I don't think I saw wetsuits - speedsuits maybe? I think it's usually a mix of circuit pros and fast amateurs. Shelley Taylor Smith took a coaching group out there last year and I vividly remember that she had a swimmer (looked like a pretty fast amateur male) who made the cut-off by something like less than a minute and he was racing to get in before they pulled him...it looked a little crazy. I think she said there were some adverse currents too. Let me see if I can find the video for you - it's not letting me search right now.

    SydneD
  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    Thank you! I'd love to see anything more about it. Yeah--might not be for me. I'm looking, of course, at the non-FINA "amateur" one and that's still the cut-off. Yikes!

    I need a good long one for next summer. Warm and in a beautiful place that would be fun for the family. Taking suggestions if you have any!

  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member

    There's a 25K in Greece.. I've not done it... but if I wrack my brain I can remember someone who has.. Croatia also has an amazing OWS contingent.. and I LOVE Croatia.. LOVE Greece as well. I mean, just in case you need someone to carry your bags..

    SydneDJay

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  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited December 2016

    Capri-Napoli had no wetsuits in the past because they followed FINA rules but who know with the new FINA ow-suit rules.

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    @suziedods - I've looked at the 25K in Greece. The only thing is it's hard to figure out the logistics because it's pretty informally organized. Jim Boucher has done it, and we've talked about it. It's on my list!

    @Niek - What's your feeling about that cut-off? It's yikes! For me, at least.

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    Let's say its not a slow pace.' ;)
    Neither easy if you see the numbers:

    594 swimmers ( 452 men and 142 women ), with 1.365 swimmers at the start in 51 past events belonging to 56 nations and 5 continents. http://www.caprinapoli.com/web/?page_id=2859&lang=en

    36 km is never easy even in calm water. Luckily there is a favourable tide one can use.
    There are 4 main strategies to choose from http://www.caprinapoli.com/web/?page_id=56&lang=en

    If I remember right every swimmer gets their own escort boat. 30 contestants is the limit and a contestant has to prove he/she did race 25 km prior in an event.

    36 km in 7 hours is a good time for the event. Meaning in my mind a current of around 1,6 km/hour (36/7-3,5)
    So now the question about the 10 h cut-off? Yes doable for a strong swimmer. :D

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    I'm a pretty strong swimmer, at least---in my mind. And I think that would be a reach for me. And yes, it's 850 Euro and you get your own boat and all kinds of other things. Like a sandwich. :)

    I'm sure it would be awesome, but I'd hate to schlep my family all that way and have it be a bust because of a time constraint. It's one thing if it's a DNF because of my own issues but not because of that.

    Any suggestions for this wanting to wander cold water weenie?

    suziedods
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited December 2016

    Concerning Greek crossings: My e-mail contact in Greece, Spyros from "med wave swim swim holidays" medwaveswim @ gmail.com told me that most are organize by the local municipality. They are generally held on the same weekday as the previous years ( like second Saturday of August) but they aren't really confirmed till short (2 -4 weeks) before the date.

    Spyros is willing to help anyone.
    (and not only commercially with his firm http://www.medwaveswimmingadventure.com)

    SydneDsuziedods

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    Yeah, that's tough with bringing my family along. I try to make the long ones on the beginning of a vacation so they deal with my nonsense at the beginning, and then get the reward of a lovely trip. :)

    DanSimonelli
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    Konstantinos from http://swimingreece.com - info @ swimingreece.com will also help anyone. (sorry I forgot to mention you pal)

    He told me the same about those Greek organizers as Spyros.
    He also told me that those municipalities want more tourist to participate but he can't get into those civil servants heads the idea that foreigners need a date at least a year early to be able to plan their vacations.

    SydneDsuziedods

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    Right? With my husband's work and travel schedule, I can't do last minute. My son is homeschooled, so I have some flexibility, but there are those pesky finances that need advance planning...

    WHY HAS A SWIM BENEFACTOR NOT SHOWN UP WHO WANTS TO JUST PAY ME TO SWIM ALL THE SWIMS AND GIVE THEM NOTHING IN RETURN?!?!

    suziedodsIronMike
  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    And what about marathon swims in Asia? Anything anyone loves?

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    Need an India contact? :D

    SydneDDanSimonelli

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    I was thinking Japan or Korea... :) Vietnam? Thailand?

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    Japan? Ask our forum member Steve M.

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member

    @SydneD

    Do you want or need it to be an organized event? You could do your own thing.

    Coincidentally, I'm organizing a kids relay in that area for next summer, Capri-Ischia round trip, and have contact with boats/Capts in Sorrento that a friend had used previously and was pleased with their service. So far in my planning they've been very accommodating, knowledgeable and helpful.

    We're looking forward to also swimming in the Blue Grotto and doing some swimming along Malfi Coast! :)

    SydneDJaimie
  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    I have an idea for my own thing, which is in the planning stages in that it's in my head. That's about as far as it has gotten. :)

    I don't need it to be an organized thing. Just want someplace beautiful and warm for my family and I. :)

    And that sounds awesome! What an adventure for you and the kids!! When is it?

    DanSimonelli
  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    @DanSimonelli - I am not at all picky. I just want the PERFECT INTERNATIONAL SWIM AND FAMILY DESTINATION IN PRISTINE WATER! Is that too much to ask??? ;)

    DanSimonelliMvG
  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member

    End of Aug start of Sept

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited December 2016

    How about Central Asia, @SydneD? Lake Issyk Kul is challenging (at a mile above sea level, cool-ish, surrounded by mountains) and ripe for swimmers to cross it. Great experience for your homeschooled son and exciting for you and your entire family! And if the timing is perfect I could even come out and crew for you!

    For more info, check out my "No BS" guide here.

    NiekSydneDDanSimonelliJaimie
  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    @IronMike - I think it's too cold for my blood! I'm a weenie! And totally okay with that. ;)

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited December 2016

    Yes for the FINA it is. X(

    FINA Mandating Wetsuits

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • ThéobulleThéobulle FRANCEMember

    Hello, on june 19 / 2017 i swim the Messina Strait with Luciano Vietri association. After i plan to swim the unofficial capri/napoli marathon. I am looking for advice, tips, swimmer, coach, crew who can help me ...

    SydneD
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