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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 former or 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 compared and 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 a subjective weighted system:      the swimmer's age the distance of the swim the average water temperature currents the official time of each marathon swim

The database appropriately weighs some factors, but admittedly does not take into account every 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 the running world's ‘World Marathon Majors’, 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 endurance athletic communities. As the community knows well, open water swimmers face many more weather and water variables than marathon runners – which makes ranking marathon swimmers much more difficult. While marathon runs are standardized at 42.195K (26.2 miles), marathon swims are defined as 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, wind direction, and swimming at night all have a potential effect on the time and the potential success 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 between marathon swims. Each swimmer receives more points for doing a faster swim, but only relative to each particular swim. Therefore, an English Channel swim in 10 hours is generates more points than an English Channel swim in 15 hours, but the shorter Strait of Gibraltar crossing in 10 hours does not generate the same amount of points as in an English Channel swim in 10 hours. Also, adjustments for age, water temperature and currents (e.g. in the Manhattan Island Marathon 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 and hour, 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 swimming against 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: Step 2: Swimmers complete one of the 30 marathon swims. 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 1st and December 31st). Swimmers submit the following information for each swim: 1. Full name 2. Age 3. Name of Marathon Swim 4. Swim Time 5. Average Water Temperature During Swim 6. Swim Distance Step 3: Step 4: Swimmer’s points are automatically calculated and displayed. The swimmer with the most points at the end of the year will be officially announced by Open Water Source on January 1st of each year. Swimmers may submit their highest point totals for five total swims in the ongoing 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 five swims if they complete a swim that generates more points. Therefore, swimmers can increase their cumulative point total in the World Swimming Majors Hall of Fame after each successful swim.

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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 to the marathon swimmer – from jellyfish and sharks to tidal flows and cold water... and of course, distance (in statute miles or kilometers). The World Swimming Majors include the following swims:

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1. Cadiz Freedom Swim, Cape Town, South Africa (7.5K or 4.7 miles) 2. Catalina Channel, California, U.S.A. (34K or 21 miles) 3. Clean Half Marathon Swim, Hong Kong (15K or 9.3 miles) 4. Cook Strait, New Zealand (26K or 16.2 miles) 5. Ederle Swim, New York-to-New Jersey, U.S.A. (28.2K or 17.5 miles) 6. English Channel, England-to-France (34K or 21 miles) 7. Jarak-Sabac Marathon Swim, Serbia (18.7K or 11.6 miles) 8. Faros Marathon Swim, Croatia (16K or 9.9 miles) 9. Ijsselmeerzwemmarathon, Netherlands (21K or 13 miles) 10. International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim, Lake Zurich, Switzerland (26.4K or 16.4 miles) 11. Round Jersey Solo, Jersey (70K or 43.5 miles) 12. Jersey-to-France (29K or 18 miles) 13. Kalamata-Koroni Marathon, Messiniakos Gulf, Greece (30K/16.5 miles) 14. Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto (minimum 50K or 31-mile course) 15. Lake Tahoe, California lengthwise (35.4K or 22 miles) 16. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, New York, U.S.A. (45.9K or 28.5 miles) 17. Maui Channel, Hawaii, U.S.A. (15.3K or 9.5 miles) 18. Molokai Channel, Hawaii, U.S.A. (41.8K or 26 miles) 19. North (Irish) Channel, Ireland-Scotland (30K or 18.6 miles) 20. Pennock Island Challenge, Alaska, U.S.A. (13.2K or 8.2 miles) 21. Rottnest Channel Swim, Perth, Australia (19.7K or 12.2 miles) 22. Santa Barbara Channel, California, U.S.A. (minimum 19.3K or 12-mile course) 23. Strait of Gibraltar, Spain-Morocco (minimum 18.5K or 11.5-mile course) 24. Swim Across The Sound, Connecticut, U.S.A. (25K or 15.5 miles) 25. Swim Around Key West, Florida, U.S.A. (20.1K or 12.5 miles) 26. Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, Florida, U.S.A. (38.6K or 24 miles) 27. Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean, Quebec, Canada (32K or 20 miles) 28. Tsugaru Channel, Japan (20K/12.4 miles) 29. World 25K Championships (site determined each year) (25K/15.5 miles) 30. Boston Light Swim, Boston, U.S.A. (12.8K or 8 miles) Rules 1. Multiple swims in the same body of water can be used in a single year, but only official races or solo swims. 2. All swims must be done without a wetsuit and based on the traditional rules of the English Channel (no touching individuals or objects, clearing the water of one’s own ability) unless there are some local differences (e.g., use of pace swimmers). 3. Complete at least five swims on the approved World Swimming Majors for inclusion in the World Swimming Majors Hall of Fame. 4. Only one swim from the same body of water can be used for ranking in the World Swimming Majors Hall of Fame. The exception is a two-way or three-way crossing. 5. If swimmers have more than five approved swims, they can choose to submit the five swims that generate the greatest number of points. 6. A swimmer may replace one of their existing swims with a more recent swim that has
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earned more points in order to move up in the World Swimming Majors Hall of Fame. 7. Historical swims are accepted based on generally accepted documented proof. 8. New swims are accepted based on official documentation. 9. Final decision on points and acceptability of the swims remains with the World Swimming Majors Committee. Global Open Water Swimming Community Request for Input The World Swimming Majors Committee solicits input and opinions from members of the global open water swimming community. Email Open Water Source with your suggestions and detailed rationale for your recommendations.

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