Swim reconfirmed!

The thick sea mist that cancelled my swim yesterday has lifted and today I received a message from the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association reconfirming my swim for tomorrow morning (starting at 3:00 am Irish time). All of the details that I gave in my original post announcing the start are still valid, apart from the 24-hour delay, obviously… Let’s go!!!

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Nado reconfirmado!

O forte nevoeiro que cancelou meu nado ontem já foi embora e hoje recebi uma mensagem da Leme to Pontal Swimming Association reconfirmando meu nado para esta madrugada (de dia 17 para dia 18). Todos os detalhes que eu publiquei na minha primeira post de confirmação continuam válidos, além do atraso de 24h, claro… Partiu!!!

Esperando mais 24h…

Um time de revezamento de duas pessoas chamado Dragão do Mar do Nordeste do Brasil tinha acabado de começar sua travessia do Leme ao Pontal noite passada quando um forte e imprevisto nevoeiro se formou. Infelizmente, isso significou que a travessia teve que ser abortada por motivos de segurança. Eles tentarão novamente hoje à noite, ou seja, na madrugada de domingo. Felizmente, segunda-feira ainda parece nadável, então minha travessia deve ser somente adiada por 24 horas. Fiquem de olho no Facebook e Twitter para confirmação…

24-hour delay…

 

A 2-person relay team called Dragão do Mar from the Northeast of Brazil had just begun their Leme to Pontal swim last night when unforeseen thick fog set in. Unfortunately, this meant that their swim had to be aborted for safety reasons. They will try again tonight, i.e. in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thankfully, Monday still looks swimmable, so my swim should only be postponed by 24 hours. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for confirmation…

A hora está chegandooo!

Desde que cheguei ao Rio de Janeiro terça-feira de manhã, eu venho aproveitando o mar em Copacabana e conhecendo alguns dos nadadores de lá, além de alguns dos outros nadadores que estão se desafiando na travessia do Leme ao Pontal, inclusive a Sabrina Mazzola (a primeira gaúcha a fazer esta prova, que completou-a na segunda-feira) e o Thiago Toshio Rebollo (paulista que bateu um novo recorde incrível de 7:02:34 hoje de manhã).

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Meu primeiro nado de manhã com a Equipe Navegantes no Posto 6 em Copacabana.

Também tenho ficado de olho na previsão de tempo e em contato com o Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira, secretário da Leme to Pontal Swimming Association. Hoje à tarde, foi confirmado que a minha travessia começará neste domingo (dia 17 de dezembro) a 1h00 horário local (da madrugada do sábado para o domingo). O time todo já está junto aqui no Rio, então estamos quase pronto para entrar na água!

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Toda a equipe finalmente em um lugar só!

O link para acompanhar minha travessia num mapa é track.rs/owenrj. Tweetando em português (e um pouquinho em inglês) será meu namorado, Wagner, na conta dele @wsshernandes. A Leme to Pontal Swimming Association também vai publicar atualizações em português na sua página de Facebook. Tweetando em inglês (e de vez em quando em irlandês) será minha irmã, Amy, na minha própria conta @owenswims93. Meu time de apoio fará seu melhor para manter todos estes modos de comunicação funcionando bem durante a travessia…

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Fiquei muito feliz com esta sunga (presente de Natal cedo) que a família de Souza Siqueira Hernandes me mandou para usar durante a prova!

Vamos lá!!! #partiupontal #owenswimsBR

Good news from Rio!

Since arriving in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday morning, I have been enjoying leisurely swims at Copacabana and meeting some of the regulars there, as well as some of the other swimmers taking on the Leme to Pontal challenge, including Sabrina Mazzola (who completed the swim on Monday) and Thiago Toshio Rebollo (who completed the swim this morning in 7:02:34, setting a new record).

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My first morning dip with Equipe Navegantes at Posto 6, Copacabana.

I’ve also been keeping a close eye on the weather and staying in contact with Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira, secretary of the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association. This afternoon, it was confirmed that my swim will go ahead this Sunday (17th December) at 1:00 am local time (that’s 3:00 am Irish time). All the crew is assembled in Rio now so we’re almost ready for the off!

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All the crew finally in the one place!

The link to track the swim on a map is track.rs/owenrj and my sister, Amy, will be tweeting in English (and a bit in Irish) from my own Twitter account @owenswims93. If you would rather get updates in Portuguese, you can follow my boyfriend, Wagner, on his Twitter account @wsshernandes and also the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association’s Facebook page. They’ll do their best to keep the tracker functioning and keeping everyone updated on progress…

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Delighted with this early Christmas present that the Hernandes family sent for me to use during the swim!

Here we go!!! #partiupontal #owenswimsBR

Time to meet the crew

Despite the heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures of the last two days, we finally made it as far as Frankfurt, Germany. As we are sitting here in the airport, trying to kill time while waiting for our flight to Rio tonight, I think that now is as good a time as any to introduce my support team for my upcoming Leme to Pontal swim. Apart from the pilot, his/her crew and the official observer from the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association, my support team is as follows:

IMGP4216Spearheading the operation will be my boyfriend, Wagner Hernandes, who has supported me for many of my training swims this summer, including my 6-hour qualifying swim at Sandycove during the Cork Distance Week. He helped to keep myself and a dozen or so other swimmers fed and encouraged for that particular swim, so managing my feeds etc. during Leme to Pontal will be no bother to him! Wagner will also manage communication between myself and the support boat.

WylliamI’m delighted that Wagner’s brother, Wylliam, will also be able to join us for this swim. Wylliam is studying nutritional sciences in his and Wagner’s hometown of Campos dos Goytacazes, in the north of the State of Rio de Janeiro, so he will be carefully observing to make sure that I am getting the most from my feeding plan. Wylliam will also be sending out some of the updates (in Portuguese) for those watching online.

AmyAnd last but certainly not least, my sister, Amy, will also be on the boat and will be doing an undoubtedly fantastic job of managing the GPS tracker and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (I will post links to exactly which accounts she will be posting from once we’ve decided them). I’m very happy that this will be Amy’s first experience of crewing for a marathon swim and I hope that she will see for herself how beautiful our sport is.

Once we are all together in Rio (which will be this Friday, all going well) and have our plan of action finalised, I will share all of the details of how you can keep track of the swim (and might even be able to give an indication of the actual start day and time). It’s getting real now!