Guide to Swimming the Gibraltar Straits (revised)

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited May 2016 in General Discussion
Here is Nick Adams' revised "No BS Guide" to swimming the Straits of Gibraltar. The revised edition corrects a few typos in the first edition, and includes a better explanation of why it's effectively a 11/12 km swim rather than the 14.4km quoted distance.

Nick has compiled it in a nicely formatted PDF document, which you can download HERE.

To avoid confusion, the previous thread with the first edition has been deleted.

LeadhyenaMvGmpfmarkNeilEugene

Comments

  • Thank you for the link. cheers
  • Thank you for posting this guide.
  • On the 4th page, it says no ACNEG medical form exists. It does now!
    See:
    http://www.acneg.com/acneg ingles/medical formm 2014.pdf
  • Lynnkub said:

    On the 4th page, it says no ACNEG medical form exists. It does now!
    See:
    http://www.acneg.com/acneg ingles/medical formm 2014.pdf

    I also noticed this :)
    I wonder how strictly they review the forms submitted.

  • anybody wants to swim the Gibraltar with me? i have a spot on the 1 may...we can share the costs.so lets make history.let me know and we can chat and see what can be done.
  • @johnyG ,I would love to join up with a group for Gibraltar , but 4kmh is too fast for me I'm afraid !
  • What are you averaging in ow? Kevin will you be ok on the 1st of May? Send me an email on platinumi22@yahoo.co.uk
  • morecircusmorecircus San FranciscoGuest
    edited November 2014
    Anyone want to swim Gibraltal with me? I swim 2.3 mile\hour approximately in Long Course meters swim pool solo pacing myself during recreational Adult Lap swim. My 1500 meter Masters approximate pool time is 21minutes. I swam NYC Manhatten Marathon is 9hours 16", Catalina Channel 12hr. 20", English Channel 14hr. 30." email: morecircus@yahoo.com

  • This guide is fantastic! @evmo, are there other no bull guides like this?
  • if you don't fill out the medical forms one can not swim , I thought Rafael had received mine but he didn't. Had to frantically have them faxed to him, though he was willing to arrange a MD appointment in Tarifa for me
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited May 2016
    Leadhyena said:

    This guide is fantastic! @evmo, are there other no bull guides like this?

    Here's another one by @Nickthefish11:

    No Bullshit Guides: Corsica to Sardinia Swim

    And Dave Van Mouwerik put together this "Roadmap" for the 12.4-mile Anacapa Island swim in the Santa Barbara Channel:

    http://santabarbarachannelswim.org/anacapa-roadmap

    I'm not aware of any others, but obviously these are really useful documents. Any volunteers? We'd be happy to publish them here...
    Leadhyena
  • Tsugaru would be a great one... the google research I did on it is rather confusing.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited November 2014
    Steve Munatones knows all about Tsugaru and it can be found all on http://openwaterpedia.com/index.php?title=Tsugaru_Channel_Swimming_Association

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

  • Tracy_ClarkTracy_Clark Norwich, United KingdomMember
    This is FANTASTIC! Thank you Nick!! I've asked to swim this June next year so your timing is perfect!!
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited May 2016
    > No Bullshit Guides: Corsica to Sardinia Swim

    OK, this is quite simply awesome.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    @evmo, Seems the links to the Gibraltar guide and the No BS Corsica one are not working any longer. Can you advise where to find them?

    (FWIW, I searched through MSF but couldn't find any working links. Same with Google which kept pointing me back to this thread.)

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Links fixed above, and copied here for convenience:

    IronMikemysterybobnabilrad
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited May 2016

    evmo said: Links fixed above, and copied here for convenience:

    You rock! Saving to my Google drive now. ;)

  • CombilinCombilin New Member

    Hi, I am new to this forum and I am swimming Gibraltar Straits in the week of June the 23rd. I have tried to download the BS Gibraltar but it seems that the link do not work now. Any ideas on how can I get a copy? Thanks and regards

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    @Combilin, did you try @evmo's link only a couple above? I just tried it and it worked.

  • CombilinCombilin New Member

    It didn´t work a few hours ago but it does now. Thank-You IrpnMike and Evmo

  • JayJay Outside Boston, MAMember

    Both links work fine now....I'm interested in Gibraltar for next year. Thanks for sending along the info.

  • CombilinCombilin New Member

    I finally did the swim the 7th. of July, 2016. After a few days with strong winds of Levante, the wind ceased on the 7th. and we were ready to go at 12:00. From the island of the torch light in Tarifa to Punta Cires in Morocco in 3 hours and 57 minutes. Really enjoyed every minute of the swim, despite strong currents leading to Gibraltar in the first hour and a big storm with thunderbolt and lighting during the 2nd.

    NiekIronMike
  • I emailed in 2015 for 2016. I got a reply in 2016 after repeat inquiry to be told 2017 is full but I could book for 2018. But I still need to go back and resend what I sent in 2015, along with more information. Like a copy of my passport.

    Let me say this clearly:

    What the fuck?

    Over-priced and badly organised.

    IronMikeDanSimonelli
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    My estimate around 10 Sept 2017 http://www.nedaelmon.com/en/Travessies/Detalls/52
    The 2016 Neda el Món pack costs 2,280€. It includes the arrangements, the ACNEG payment, travel costs (with VIATGI Agency), accommodation, internal transfers and previous group training supervised by our technical team.
    Click here for more information

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

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited October 2016

    loneswimmer said: Over-priced and badly organised.

    Over-priced? 2,280€ for 14 km with 2 boats [ 33:14x2280=€5374 calculated to Channel distance where you only get 1 boat]
    badly organised? They're Spanish -> mañana mañana :) and the only one with a licence.

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

  • I know a few guys who have swum Gibraltar (all of them with a wetsuit), and they are happy with the organization. But we are all Spanish... :D I'm ashamed to say that the "mañana, mañana" cliché is quite right, so it is probably badly organized. And highly over-prized, taking into account that the minimum wage in Spain is about 750 Eur/month.

    Solo
  • Feckin brilliant. This is the one on my list. I may not be able for the EC, who knows, but this I can do I reckon. I'm thinking 2018 or 2019. I need more speed though. 3km/hr is top speed for me over a long distance.

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited December 2016

    DublinSwimmer said: Feckin brilliant. This is the one on my list. I may not be able for the EC, who knows, but this I can do I reckon. I'm thinking 2018 or 2019. I need more speed though. 3km/hr is top speed for me over a long distance.

    Contact ACNEG early. I contacted them May 2016 for an Aug 2018 crossing and was told I would be on the waiting list for 2018. It was only in October this year that I was told I could cross in Aug 2018. :O

    DublinSwimmer
  • DublinSwimmerDublinSwimmer Member
    edited December 2016

    Realistically, how tough a swim is it? I can do 5km now.

    How long might you need to spend over there? I'm thinking of time off work and so on. I've been to Tarifa a couple of times, I like it as a town.

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited December 2016

    Here are the Google translated reports of Richard Broer crossing in 2008
    channelchallenge.nl

    Interesting fact was that the west to east current stayed away and he had to swim longer ( not so more km) than normal to reach the other side.
    Absent current was discovered by Richards coach not by Agnec.

    yellow= Punta Tarifa, Spain -> Islote Punta Cires, Marokko
    white = normal direction of your swim
    red= cooperating current
    white point= where he landed in New Port Tanger 2008-rbroer-gibraltar[1]

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

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited December 2016

    DublinSwimmer said: Realistically, how tough a swim is it? I can do 5km now.

    How long might you need to spend over there? I'm thinking of time off work and so on. I've been to Tarifa a couple of times, I like it as a town.

    I think most spend a week there.

  • WarmWaterWarmWater SingaporeMember

    I contacted by email them 3 times 3 years ago and never got a response, it kinda put me off... I have got a pal who swam it with his father in a 2 man relay (dad was @70 at the time!) and they really enjoyed it.

    My gut feeling tells me even if they confirm a booking that it would be a stressful experience until you actually walk into the water.

    What might be cool would be for MSF to block book a full week and aim for a crossing a day. I'd turn up for sure.

    IronMikeCamille
  • JbetleyJbetley UKMember
    edited December 2016

    He does his best to get people away, but the problem with that part of the world is that it is pretty windy the majority of the time. Ideally people swim when the wind shifts to blow out of the west, in concert with the current, otherwise swimming is very hard going. We spent a week there last year, and were lucky enough to go on the only decent day, though other swimmers went the day before in less pleasant conditions.

    All described in somewhat tedious detail here:

    swimsequence.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/the-strait-of-gibraltar-swimming-to-africa/

    DublinSwimmer
  • Tracy_ClarkTracy_Clark Norwich, United KingdomMember

    Once you are in Tarifa...Rafael and his team really look after you. Getting a slot is difficult for sure. Roger Finch and I had both been trying to get a slot...me for two years and Roger for three so we teamed up. Do not underestimate this swim. Tarifa is the windsurfing capital of Europe. We finally got a day. We got really strong currents and twice only swam about 500m in an hour. Another group went out in the morning (same timenad us) and the afternoon and neither sadly made it. Here's an article I wrote about our experience. I learnt a lot from this experience...this swim made me a tougher swimmer mentally that's for sure!!! http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/06/battling-mind-game.html?m=1

    Travel tip: visit Ronda when you're there!!

    DublinSwimmerIronMike
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited January 5

    If you aim to cross the Straits and you would like to join the Neda el Món group, please contact them at info@nedaelmon.com and tell them what motivates you to do so. They will cross the Straits of Gibraltar between September 1st and September 17th in 2017. http://www.nedaelmon.com/en/Travessies/Detalls/52 registration for 2017 has opened.

    More chance with them than with Agnec themself for 2017

    Jay

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

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