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World Swimming Majors

World Swimming Majors

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An overview of the World Swimming Majors, a global online competition among marathon swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

For more information on open water swimming, visit
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An overview of the World Swimming Majors, a global online competition among marathon swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

For more information on open water swimming, visit
http://www.openwatersource.com
http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com
http://www.imshof.org
http://www.10Kswim.com

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Published by: Steven Munatones on Nov 01, 2010
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World Swimming Majors
The World Swimming Majors is an online virtual competition that uses a cumulative poinsystem to calculate a global ranking of marathon swimmers for each calendar year.Swimmers can upload their swims and times into the World Swimming Majors database to determine their relative standing in the marathon swimming world by age, gender and swim.Additionally, an All-Time Historical Ranking where the exploits and relative success of formeror retired swimmers will be calculated and presented to the open water swimming community.This is the first time in history where marathon swimmers around the world can be comparedand ranked based on a variety of parameters
…all in the name of good fun
and debate.
Parameters
The World Swimming Majors global ranking takes into consideration the following in asubjective weighted system:
the swimmer's age
the distance of the swim
the average water temperature
currents
the official time of each marathon swimThe database appropriately weighs some factors, but admittedly does not take into accountevery dynamic element that makes each marathon swim unique.
Goals
The World Swimming Majors database and ranking system is an unprecedented online opportunity that creates an exciting and challenging ranking system that
compares and ranks athletes of all ages and both genders across the world,
celebrates marathon swimmers of all backgrounds and abilities, and
promotes the sport of marathon swimming.
Background
The idea for the annual competition was influenced by th
e running world's ‘World MarathonMajors’,
an annual point competition that includes the Boston Marathon, London Marathon,Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon and New York City Marathon.Along the same lines, the World Swimming Majors was created to
advance the sport of marathon swimming,
 
 
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raise public and media awareness of its athletes, and
increase the level of interest in marathon swimming among the aquatic and enduranceathletic communities.As the community knows well, open water swimmers face many more weather and watervariables than marathon runners
 –
which makes ranking marathon swimmers much moredifficult.While marathon runs are standardized at 42.195K (26.2 miles), marathon swims are definedas anything over 6.2 miles (10K) in any body of water that can include oceans, lakes, rivers,bays, rowing basins, canals, channels, fjords, lagoons, reservoirs and estuaries. Currents,tidal flows, fluctuating air and water temperatures, marine life, ocean swells, wind speed, winddirection, and swimming at night all have a potential effect on the time and the potentialsuccess of marathon swims.
The World Swimming Majors Calculator
The World Swimming Majors calculator is an online means to determine a swimmer's ranking and calculates points by weighing and compensating for significant differences betweenmarathon swims.Each swimmer receives more points for doing a faster swim, but only relative to eachparticular swim. Therefore, an English Channel swim in 10 hours is generates more pointsthan an English Channel swim in 15 hours, but the shorter Strait of Gibraltar crossing in 10hours does not generate the same amount of points as in an English Channel swim in 10hours.Also, adjustments for age, water temperature and currents (e.g. in the Manhattan IslandMarathon Swim or Round Jersey Swim) are weighted in the calculations.It is important to note that the calculator does not attempt to take into account the following:
myriad water conditions
wind speed
wave height
number of competitors
appearance of marine life
tides
…because…
 
conditions change during the course of marathon swims, even within each day andhour, and
inaccurate, inconsistent or unavailable data make objective comparisons impossible.
conditions change from swim to swim even on the same course
some factors in open water swimming are difficult to quantify (e.g., the appearance of a
 
 
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shark or the sting of a Portuguese Man-o-War or swimming at night or swimmingagainst a tidal flow for 1 or 2 or 3 hours).As a result, the World Swimming Majors calculator is not be perfect and is purposefully introduced to the global marathon swimming community for discourse and debate.
How to Enter
Step 1: Swimmers complete one of the 30 marathon swims.Step 2: Swimmers submit their verified swims online at Open Water Source  (www.openwatersource.com). Swimmers can submit all their swims on the World Swimming Majors List (see below) completed within one calendar year(between January 1
st
and December 31
st
).Swimmers submit the following information for each swim:1. Full name2. Age3. Name of Marathon Swim4. Swim Time5. Average Water Temperature During Swim6. Swim DistanceStep 3:
Swimmer’s
points are automatically calculated and displayed.Step 4: The swimmer with the most points at the end of the year will be officiallyannounced by Open Water Source on January 1st of each year. Step 5: Swimmers may submit their highest point totals for five total swims in theongoing World Swimming Majors Hall of Fame tabulation. This tabulation will rank any swimmer with five cumulative World Swimming Majors swims throughout their career. Swimmer can replace any swim within their top fiveswims if they complete a swim that generates more points. Therefore,swimmers can increase their cumulative point total in the World SwimmingMajors Hall of Fame after each successful swim.
World Swimming Majors List
The World Swimming Majors include many of the greatest marathon swims in the world. The swims are geographically distributed around the world and present a variety of challenges tothe marathon swimmer
 –
from jellyfish and sharks to tidal flows and cold water... and ofcourse, distance (in statute miles or kilometers).The World Swimming Majors include the following swims:

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