First Intercontinental Swimming Relay From Eurasia To America Across The Bering Strait
From OpenwaterpediaFirst Intercontinental Swimming Relay From Eurasia to America Across The Bering Strait or the Meeting of the Sun is an unprecedented 86-kilometer (53 mile) relay swim across the Bering Strait from Cape Dezhnev, Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska U.S.A. (via Big and Little Diomede Islands), organized by Sergey Novikov, Jack Bright and Alexander Brylin.
The water temperature is estimated to range between 4-8°C. There will be 30 swimmers from China, Russia, Czech Republic, Canada, Great Britain, Latvia and the USA taking part, each swimming for up to 30 minutes at a time. The team's estimated crossing time is 30 hours. All the swimmers are experienced cold water swimmers and have prepared well for the August 10th start date.
Admission is determined by the athletes based on the following criteria:
1. Hardening experience - at least 5 years
2. Personal achievements in sports
3. Distance swims in the icy water - at least 800 meters
4. The speed of movement in cold water - not less than 2.5-3 km per hour
5. Psychological stress by swimming for 3-4 steps per day, with a stay in cold water for 20-30 minutes
6. Having a sports doctor tolerance