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Circunavegación de natación de Isla de Pascua - Easter Island

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Cristian Vergara's 61 km Easter Island Swim was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

The Circunavegación de natación de Isla de Pascua - Easter Island, Kau Hakateka 2016 Rapa Nui was a solo 38-mile (61 km) around Easter Island in Chile that was aborted after 26 hours 52 minutes on 29 November 2016. The solo circumnavigation swim by Cristian Vergara was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Rules[edit]

The pre-stated rules for Circunavegación de natación de Isla de Pascua - Easter Island, Kau Hakateka 2016 Rapa Nui were as follows:

  • This swim will follow the Marathon Swimmers Federation rules for an unassisted circumnavigation solo marathon swim.
  • These declared Swim Rules must be read aloud by the observer in the presence of the swimmer and all support personnel before the swim begins.
  • If conditions permit, the swim will begin when the swimmer enters the water from a natural shore. The swim will finish when the swimmer clears the water on the same natural shore the swim began, beyond which there is no navigable water.
  • As a circumnavigation swim, the swim may begin in the water where GPS coordinates will be taken and the swim will finish in the water once those coordinates are reached and passed. This start/finish will only be used if conditions or the authorities do not permit a shore start and finish.
  • When completed, this swim will establish a Guinness World Record for the fastest time around Easter Island. The observer will keep track of the official swim time.
  • The swimmer may not make intentional supportive contact with any vessel, object, or support personnel at any time during the swim.
  • The swimmer will wear a single textile swimsuit with standard coverage, one latex cap, goggles, ear plugs, body grease (lanolin/Vaseline mix), sunscreen/block and during the night, and a small green light strapped to the goggles.
  • The swimmer may not intentionally draft behind any escort vessel or support swimmer.
  • The swimmer may swim alongside an escort vessel, but may not intentionally position himself inside the vessel’s bow and displacement waves, except while feeding.
  • A support swimmer (or swimmers) may accompany the solo swimmer for a limited duration. Multiple support swims are allowed, but should not occur consecutively. There will be a one-hour limit per support swim and a minimum of one hour between support swims.
  • The support swimmer may not intentionally touch the solo swimmer and must position him or herself at least slightly behind the solo swimmer.
  • The observer is responsible for documenting the facts of the swim, interpreting the swim rules, and keeping the official time.
  • The pilot of the escort vessel may cancel the swim at any time, with reason, including, but not limited to, concerns for the safety of the swimmer or support personnel. The pilot is responsible for following all relevant local maritime regulations.
  • Everyone involved in the swim attempt – swimmer, observer, support personnel, and escort boat personnel – must treat the environment respectfully and prevent avoidable harm to marine wildlife and ecosystems.
  • If any issue regarding swim conduct arises that the Swim Rules do not clearly address, the swimmer should act - and the observer should judge – in accordance with the spirit of marathon swimming.

Cristian Vergara Biography[edit]

Cristian Vergara is an open water swimmer (high-altitude swimming and ice swimming) from Chile and the USA with the following swims in his career:

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