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Rio de la Plata

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Damián Blaum crossing Río de la Plata in Argentina in February 2018
Adriano Motto from Uruguay and Angela Marchetti from Argentina crossed from Isla Martín Garcia to Conchillas in the Plata River in January 2008

The Río de la Plata (River of Silver) is usually rendered River Plate in British English and the Commonwealth, and occasionally rendered [La] Plata River in other English-speaking countries — is the estuary formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River on the border between Argentina and Uruguay. It is a funnel-shaped indentation on the southeastern coastline of South America, about 290 km (180 mi) long. The Río de la Plata widens from about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) at the inner part to about 220 kilometres (140 mi) at its mouth. It forms part of the border between Argentina and Uruguay, with the major ports and capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo on its western and northern shores, respectively. The coasts of the Río de la Plata are the most densely populated areas of Argentina and Uruguay.

The Río de la Plata includes the La Plata dolphin or Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei) which is found in coastal Atlantic waters of southeastern South America. It is a member of the river dolphin group and the only one that actually lives in the ocean and saltwater estuaries, rather than inhabiting exclusively freshwater systems.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

2020 WOWSA Awards[edit]

RIO with Lucas Rivet and Anthony McCarley was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year with the following nomination: Watching a 60-year-old man swim non-stop for hours on end has never been more dramatic or profound. Lucas Rivet produced a sensational hit with his 33-minute documentary film RIO. Cameras above, below and on escort boats capture Anthony McCarley at his strongest and at his most vulnerable during the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal and the 39.7 km crossing attempt of Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. With music and sound effects that pulsate throughout the film, McCarley shares his philosophical well-earned wisdom in a touching one-on-one relationship with the viewer. As the film fluctuates rhythmically between success and failure, teamwork and solitude, joy and fear, sunrise and sunset, McCarley constantly dispenses valuable life advice based on his own experiences and uncommon adventures in the oceans and rivers of the world. For its inspirational message that comes from the heart of a modern-day hero, for its camerawork that fills the screen with immensely powerful images, and for showcasing the strength of a humble adventurer, RIO the movie with Lucas Rivet and Anthony McCarley is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Marathon Swimming in Rio de la Plata[edit]

  • Pedro A Candiotti (Argentina) 281 miles (452 km) downstream in Rio de la Plata (Argentina) in 1935 in 84 hours 0 minutes
  • Pedro A Candiotti (Argentina) 205 miles (330 km) downstream in Rio de la Plata (Argentina) in 1943 in 74 hours 30 minutes
  • Pedro A Candiotti (Argentina) 211 miles (339 km) downstream in Rio de la Plata (Argentina) in 1931 in 71 hours 55 minutes
  • Pedro A Candiotti (Argentina) 210 miles (337 km) downstream in Rio de la Plata (Argentina) in 1930 in 66 hours 15 minutes
  • Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt) 285 miles (458 km) downstream in Rio de la Plata (Argentina) in 1970 in 60 hours 0 minutes
  • Antonio Abertondo (Argentina) 50 miles (80.5 km) across the Rio de la Plata (Uruguay-Argentina) in 1950 in 30 hours 0 minutes

Festival Swimming Río de la Plata Cruce Colonia - Buenos Aires[edit]

Damián Blaum Crossing Río de la Plata[edit]


On 17 February 2018, Damián Blaum completed his second crossing attempt of the 42 km across Río de la Plata between Colonia Del Sacramento in Uruguay and Punta Lara in Argentina, finishing in 9 hours 6 minutes.

Pilar Geijo Crossing Río de la Plata[edit]


Pilar Geijo completed a 42 km crossing of the Río de la Plata between Uruguay and Argentina in 9 hours 33 minutes on 3 August 2018.

RIO The Film Review by WOWSA[edit]

A great film, a must see. Watching a 60-year-old man swim non-stop for hours on end has never been more dramatic or profound. Lucas Rivet produced a sensational hit with his 33-minute documentary film RIO. Cameras above, below and on escort boats boats directed by Pablo Perez Fiedler and Diego Suárez capture Anthony McCarley at his strongest and at his most vulnerable during the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal and the 39.7 km crossing attempt of Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. With music and sound effects that pulsate throughout the film, McCarley shares his philosophical well-earned wisdom in a touching one-on-one relationship with the viewer. As the film fluctuates rhythmically between success and failure, teamwork and solitude, joy and fear, sunrise and sunset, McCarley constantly dispenses valuable life advice based on his own experiences and uncommon adventures in the oceans and rivers of the world. Rivet has spun inspirational messages that come from the heart of a modern-day hero. His camerawork fills the screen with immensely powerful images that showcase the strength of a humble adventurer. See it, RIO.

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