Olaf Farstadt

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Olaf Farstadt of Norway was a police officer from Oslo who was a member of the Board of Governors of the International Professional Swimmers Association founded in New York City in 1927.

English Channel Attempt

From the Huntington Herald Newspaper of 29 July 1926:

Farstad lost In his attempt to swim the English Channel only after he had been battered by high seas. Farstad gave up his attempt at 3 o'clock this morning, after having been In the water slightly more than sixteen hours. Farstadt's attempt was one of the most courageous that has ever been recorded in the long list of dramatic efforts to swim the channel, for he made the attempt without the aid ot a trainer, his body was not greased and he wore no goggles to protect his his eyes from the salt waves, yet he gave tip only a mile and a half from victory after a terrific beating from the high seas.

Today Farstadt Is preparing to make a hurried Journey back to Oslo, because he Is due to take up his beat again on Saturday or Sunday. When the Norwegian gave up, he was a mile and half from Dover, still swimming strong but realizing that with the high seas and the tide sweeping him. back that he had no chance ot making the goal. During the dense blackness of midnight, Farstadt became separated from his accompanying tug. Undaunted, he plunged forward in the stormy waters and for an hour and a half swam towards the white cliffs of Dover, without the guidance of anyone. It was near daybreak when his tug finally picked him np again, and his companions found him swimming along confidently apparently unworried by the fact that he had been alone In the stormy seas. The swimming fans at Cape Gris Nez today were so enthulastlc over the wonderful effort made by Farstadt that they started a fund to enable him to make a hew attempt. "I am not tired," said Farstadt when he came ashore. "I would like to make another attempt but I have to return to Oslo tonight to resume my police beat"

There was considerable mystery to day In the camps of Gertrude Ederle and Lillian Cannon as to when they would start their attempts.

International Professional Swimmers Association

The International Professional Swimmers Association was an international association organized on 21 September 1927 at the Hotel McAlpin in Manhattan, New York with its headquarters in New York City. The Association planned to issue a monthly publication to authenticate and keep records of a professional swimming events and to foster swimming throughout the world as an international sport.

Its officers included:

Its Board of Governors consisted of:

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