Swimming the Strait, Its Origin and History

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Montserrat Tresserras, author of Swimming the Strait, Its Origin and History
Swimming the Strait, Its Origin and History is the English title of a book written by Montserrat Tresserras, an Honor Swimmer from Spain who was inducted in 1970 to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Nadando El Estrecho, Sus Orígenes Y Su Historia is an authoritative book on swimming the Strait of Gibraltar.

The 287-page hard cover book, sponsored by the Madrid Governement's Culture & Sports Office, is filled with hundreds of great photographs of swimmers in the Strait of Gibraltar with explanations of their personal histories and triumphs. The author comprehensively outlines the history of swimming in the Strait of Gibraltar (مضيق جبل طارق in Arabic or Estrecho de Gibraltar in Spanish) that separates Spain from Morocco, Africa. Many of the stories and photographs are publicly disclosed for the first time.

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The book provides colorful descriptions of hundreds of individuals including Helena Abel, Antonio Abertondo, Patricia Adam, Rafael Alberti, George Henry Allen, Dr. Eduardo Alonso, Greta Anderson, Dr. José Antunes, Dr. Aureo Aramburu, Amalia and Dorita Arena, Vicente Arena, Julio Felipe Arias, Juan Antonio Armenta, José Arriola, José Arroyo, Ceferino Artuz, Arti Arun Pradhan, Asencio El Asaz, Luis Asensi Galiana, Francisco Asensio Mesa, Dr. Andrle Augustin, Carlos and José Aymes, Barnejee, Adolfo Horacio Barbichi, Nélida Barbichi, Rafael Barroso and José Beltrán Limiñana, Tom Blower, Antonio Bohigas Arroyo, Dr. Emilio Boto, Summers Brown, Thomas Burgess, General Burruaga, Eloísa and Marina Burruaga, Jack Burville, José Caballero Márquez, Jesús Cabañero Sánchez de León, Luisa Cabañero Sánchez de León, Francisco Calatayud, Jesús Calatayd, Alfredo Camarero, Néstor Campos Alcalá, Candi, Pedro Candiotti, Ramón Cardenas Ortiz, Fergus Carey, Patrick Carey, Ana Carmona, Daniel Carpio Maccioti, Francisco Carrascal, Ramos Carrasco, Mary Casacuberta, José Casanovas Gilabert, Segundo Castelló Cano, Francisco Castillo, Francisco Castro Blanco, José Castro Mesa, Manuel Cazalla Díaz, Sebastián Cazalla Moreno, Francisco Cazalla Quintero, Carlos Cereceda, Jordi Cerveza Martínez, Florence Chadwick, Madan Chavi, Dr. W. E. Chiesman, John Chuen Shiong Wang, Julio Cisneros Palacio, Miguel Ángel Cisneros, Milagros Cisneros, Dr. Cobo Puertas, Victor Contreras, Teniente Coronel Cornejo, Jaime Cortazar Cano, José Cortinas, Josef da Costa, Abilio Álvaro da Couto, Mauricio Cozzoli, Augusto Cuenca, Dailza Damas, K. Dayarnani, Akhil Desai, José Luis Díaz Marcheno, Patricia Oscar D'Ottavio, Jim Dreyer, Modesto Eiroa, Andrés Elorza, Ted Erikson, Dr. Benito Espinosa, Vicente Esquiroz, Santiago Esteban, Horacio Estol, Estrabon, William Farrance, Ramón Fernández Espinosa, Kieran Fitzgerald, Javier Flores, José Fontfreda Gratacós, Com. Gerald Forsberg, José Freitas, Mimosa Freitas, Dr. Philip Frossard, José Gancedo Camargo, Santiago García León, Fernando García Pro, Victor Garrido, Juan Gil Santamarnía, Mercedes Gleize, Stella Gleize, Gopaldas, José Granados, Chris Green, Joe Grossman, Gunjan S. Pakuldar, Antonio and Fernando Gurrea, Juan Gurrea, Jesús Gutiérrez, Hannon, Miss Hayden, H.B. Hayward, E. Heaton, Duncan Heenan, Vivienne Heenan, Hércules, Himilcon, Hinojosa, Sidney T. Hirst, Montagne Holbien, Holland, Millie Hudson, Stanilaus Idriksanov, Seppo Erik Ingervo, Padre Juan Jaen, Salomón Jauli, Jiménez, Sergio Jiménez, Sergio Jiménez Cancino, Ricardo Jordá Güell, Manual Juliá, conde de Julian, Vikran Kamat, Vicki Keith, Annette Kellerman, C. Kornblutt, Ashit Kumar, Penny Dean, Fray Luis de León, Carlos Lernes, Vicente Llorca, Juan Llorca Bravo, Dr. Dorothy Logan, Andrés López Bonaque, Antonio López Mesa, Ángel López Ortego, Dr. Salvador Losa Álvarez, Pirjo Maattola, Mona Mac Lellan, Manuel Maestre, José Mallet, José Manel-la Palou, Rafael Mantaras, Fred Mardle, Juliàn Marias, Francisco Martín Bueno, Demetrio Martín Isidro, Rvdo Domingo Martínez García, Manuel Mateo, Mayur J. Mehta, Jack McClelland, McVicker, J. Mearns, duque de Medinaceli, Armando Mendes, Julia Miguel, Sen Mihir, Milo, Domingo Moli, Dr. Mondejal López, Roja Mora, J.A. Moreno, Joaquín Morera, Mota da Silva, Firas M’Ovalla, Houman M’Ovalla, Moussab M’Ovalla, Roudaina M’Ovalla, Juan Muñoz Guillén, Dr. Luis Murciano, Jane Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Musà, Antonio Naranjo, José Naranjo, Fernando Nardiz, Navaratnaswamy, Juan A. Notario Rodon, Juan A. Núñez, Rvdo J.W. O’Grady, Carlos Oloboff, Gustavo Fabiáan Oriozabala, Guillermo Ortega, Agustín Ortiz Ponce, Agustín Ortiz Velarde, Juan Osorio, Oswaldo, Bronislava Padourova, Dr. Javier Pascual, Franco Patelli, Dr. Patricio, Paulo, Pearce, Luis Peral García, Batista Pereira, Pereira da Silva, Juan Pérez Aranda, Martín Pérez, General Juan Perón, Bernardo Picornell, Paolo Pinto, Moreno Piñero, Piteas, Rafael Ponce Cordones, Dr. Posada Santaria, Manuel Privado, Pujol, Sebastián Puyol Honero, Francisco de Quevedo, Lajos Rajki, Michael Read, Katerine Rehua, Mary Margaret Revel, Luis Ribeiro, Rafael Rivas Gonzalo, Fernando B. Rocca, Almirante Rocket, Sam Rocket, Armando Rodrígues, Rodolfo Rodrígues Eguía, Ruiz, Luis Gilberto Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz Chacon, Ramdas Ruplai, Sacadura, Felipe Sánchez Babot, José Sánchez Camas, Nicolás Sánchez Cañabate, Diego Sánchez Cárdenas, Serafin Sánchez León, José Sánchez Llorca, Alejandro Sandino Arroyo, Sansare, Ángel Sanz, Dr. Domingo Sanz, Scott Tennyson, José Serrano, Manuel Serrano, Serrano Trujillo, Roy Santana, Herbert Sharpe, Siddhesh C. Parab, Lily Smith, Henry Solis, Manuel Soís, barón de ver Abilio Couto Sorano, Jorge Sudgen, Tomás Sweeney, Peter Tanhan, Taranath Shenoy, Tarif, Tarik, Duncan Taylor, Carlos Tejero, Edward H. Temme, Ajit S. Thakur, Kaveri Thakur, Alfredo Tresserras Aulí, Juan Tresserras Dou, Enrique Ugarte, Umes B. Uttekar, Miguel de Unamuno, Urquhart, Sergio Valencia Mendoza, Josefina Valis, Filippe Van Essche, Rvdo. Jacinto Verdaguer, Vic Cristhie, Eduardo Villanueva Maurcio, Coronel Vinajera, Vinod R. Chadge, José Vitos Natal, J. Walker, Jack Weidman, Betty Widd, Jabez Wolfe, Aldeman Wood, Carlos Yelmini, Jana Zavadilova, Jasón Zirganos, Berenice Zittenfield and Phillis Zittenfield.

[edit] Montserrat Tresserras

Tresserras was a pioneer of many marathon swims and was the first Spanish women to swim the Strait of Gibraltar in 1957 in 5 hours 18 minutes and was the first Spaniard to swim the English Channel in 1958. In 1961, she again crossed the English Channel in the opposite direction from France to England to become the first women to swim the English Channel in both directions. In 1969, she swam from Minorca to Majorca in Spain in 21 hours and 10 minutes and across Lough Neagh in 16 hours and 13 minutes. She also swam from Santa Fe to Corronda in Argentina and from Concordia in Argentina to Columbus, Uruguay. She serves on the Board of the Channel Swimming Association and acts as an official observer on many attempts to swim the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar.She also was a 2011 recipient of the Real Orden del Merito Deportivo awarded to her by the Spanish Government and a representative of the Channel Swimming Association. She was the subject of Montserrat Tresserras, la vencedora del canal, a book published in 1959. She is also the namesake of the Montserrat Tresserras Shield, an award given by the Channel Swimming Association to the Fastest Men's Relay (not 6 swimmers) in the English Channel.

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