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Galilee Sea Marathon Swimming Association

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noun - The Galilee Marathon Swimming Association is an open water swimming governing body that organizes, escorts, ratifies and archives marathon swims in the Sea of Galilee in Israel in the 20.5 km lengthwise and 9.5 km widthwise courses.

Co-founders

The Association was co-founded by Guy Cohen and Eyal Schachner in January 2020, with Lior Eliyahu as the supporting escort pilot and Avishag Turek, Alon Korek, Yaron Davidi, Fabrice Beer-Gabel, Gad Baruch, Oded Rahav, and Amit Potashnik.

WOWSA Awards

The Galilee Marathon Swimming Association by Guy Cohen and Eyal Schachner of Israel was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category with the following nomination: The Galilee Marathon Swimming Association was on a roll. Co-founders Guy Cohen and Eyal Schachner researched and compiled several decades of historical data about widthwise and lengthwise crossings of the Sea of Galilee since 1944. They planned, prepared and promoted the longest and most difficult solo swimming course in Israel in order to meet a growing domestic and international interest. But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and everything came grinding to a hall. But the Association got busy again after lockdowns and travel restrictions were lifted and were able to safely organize and officially ratify the marathon swims and relays for 34 swimmers. For their energy, wisdom, seriousness that Guy Cohen and Eyal Schachner bring to the sport of marathon swimming, for their meticulous planning and organization of swims in a safe manner during a pandemic in the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea, for their data-filled website and authoritative resources that they make available to the international community, the Galilee Marathon Swimming Association is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Lengthwise Crossings of the Sea of Galilee

Guy Cohen and Eyal Schachner compiled the following historical data of swimmers who have completed a lengthwise crossing of the Sea of Galilee for the new Galilee Sea Marathon Swimming Association as of December 2019:

1. On 28 October 1944 by Yitzhak Yehezkel (Israel) from south to north in 9:39:44 at the age of 23
2. On 23 August 1953 by Yitzhak Yehezkel (Israel) from north to south in 10:18:20 at the age of 32
3. On 22 September 1953 by Yehuda Shevek (Israel) from south to north in 8:18:30 at the age of 22
4. On 29 October 1953 by Oded Paz (Israel) from north to south in 7:23:00 at the age of 21
5. On 23 October 1954 by Malka Tenenbaum (Israel) from north to south in 9:20:40 at the age of 19
6. On 23 October 1954 by Edna Borenstein (Israel) from north to south in 9:40:00 at the age of 17
7. On 9 October 1955 by Yitzhak Yehezkel (Israel) from south to north in 8:33:25 at the age of 34
8. On 23 October 1964 by Mary Margaret Revell (USA) from north to south in 9:39:10 at the age of 27
9. On 7 July 2006 by Tal Snunit (Israel) from north to south in 7:15:00 at the age of 44
10. On 7 July 2006 by Adi Parag (Israel) from north to south in 7:15:00 at the age of 49
11. On 7 July 2006 by Ram Barkai (South Africa) from north to south in 7:15:00 at the age of 48
12. On 2 September 2009 by Bill Welzien (USA) from north to south in 10:25:00 at the age of 50
13. On 21 December 2013 by Hadar Aviram (USA) from north to south in 9:30:00 at the age of 38
14. On 16 May 2014 by Yaron Davidi (Israel) from north to south in 8:30:00 at the age of 53
15. On 16 May 2014 by Elad Benyamin (Israel) from north to south in 8:30:00 at the age of 40
16. On 4 September 2014 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from north to south in 8:02:00 at the age of 39
17. On 4 September 2014 by Theodore Yach (South Africa) from north to south in 8:02:00 at the age of 56
18. On 26 May 2015 by Yigal Sela (Israel) from north to south in 10:15:00 at the age of 63
19. On 9 December 2016 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from south to north in 7:50:00 at the age of 41
20. On 9 December 2016 by Stuart Hacker (UK) from south to north in 7:55:00 at the age of 39
21. On 9 December 2016 by Yaron Davidi (Israel) from south to north in 8:23:00 at the age of 55
22. On 9 December 2016 by Idit Ron (Israel) from south to north in 9:17:00 at the age of 57
23. On 9 December 2016 by Gad Benjamin (Israel) from south to north in 9:31:00 at the age of 70
24. On 24 February 2017 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from south to north in 6:50:00 at the age of 42
25. On 29 June 2017 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from south to north in 6:15:00 at the age of 42
26. On 29 June 2017 by Guy Cohen (Israel) from south to north in 6:15:00 at the age of 52
27. On 20 April 2018 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from south to north in 7:02:00 at the age of 43
28. On 20 April 2018 by Guy Cohen (Israel) from south to north in 7:02:00 at the age of 53
29. On 20 April 2018 by Stuart Hacker (UK) from south to north in 7:07:00 at the age of 41
30. On 20 April 2018 by Mickey Helps (UK) from south to north in 7:07:00 at the age of 52
31. On 30 April 2018 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from south to north in 6:46:00 at the age of 43
32. On 18 June 2018 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from south to north in 6:47:00 at the age of 43
33. On 18 June 2018 by Fabrice Beer-Gabel (Israel) from south to north in 6:47:00 at the age of 49
34. On 22 March 2019 by Guy Cohen (Israel) from south to north in 6:40:00 at the age of 54
35. On 22 March 2019 by Eyal Schachner (Israel) from south to north in 6:40:00 at the age of 48
36. On 29 March 2019 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from south to north in 5:50:00 at the age of 44
37. On 30 October 2019 by Avishag Turek (Israel) from north-south-north in 14:54:00 at the age of 44 (two-way)

  • On 30 October 2019 by Avishag Turek from north to south in 7:31:00 (1st leg)
  • On 30 October 2019 by Avishag Turek from south to north in 7:23:00 (2nd leg)

38. On 15 November 2019 by Joe Zemaitis (USA) from south-north-south in 14:52:00 at the age of 39 (two-way)

  • On 15 November 2019 by Joe Zemaitis from south to north in 7:09:00 (1st leg)
  • On 15 November 2019 by Joe Zemaitis from north to south in 7:43:00 (2nd leg)

39. On 15 November 2019 by John Zemaitis (USA) from south-north-south in 14:52:00 at the age of 36 (two-way)

  • On 15 November 2019 by John Zemaitis from south to north in 7:09:00 (1st leg)
  • On 15 November 2019 by John Zemaitis from north to south in 7:43:00 (2nd leg)

40. On 5 May 2020 by Avishag Turek from north to south in 6 hours 19 minutes 15 seconds

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