Guide to Swimming the Gibraltar Straits (revised)

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited May 10 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 Member
    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 10
    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 10
    > 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 10

    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 13

    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!

  • brunobruno New Member

    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
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