Circunavegación de natación de Isla de Pascua - Easter Island
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.
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
- On 1 June 2002, he finished 14th in the 11.5 km Potomac River Swim from Virginia to Maryland in 4 hours 49 minutes 59 seconds at the age of 43.
- On 31 May 2003, he finished 11th in the 11.5 km Potomac River Swim from Virginia to Maryland in 4 hours 1 minutes 42 seconds at the age of 44.
- On 14 June 2003, he finished 13th in the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 8 hours 55 minutes at the age of 44.
- On 23 June 2004, he finished 17th in the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 8 hours 28 minutes 3 seconds at the age of 45.
- On 25 September 2004, he completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 10 minutes at the age of 46.
- On 14 July 2007, he completed a 10 km Huntington Bay marathon swim in New York in 4 hours 33 minutes 38 seconds at the age of 49.
- On 19 July 2010, he completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 15 hours 29 minutes at the age of 52 and joined the Half Century Club.
- On 26 June 2016, he finished 14th in the 29.5 km 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York in 6 hours 45 minutes 15 seconds at the age of 57.
- On 28 June 2016, he finished 9th in the 21.2 km 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York in 5 hours 11 minutes 45 seconds at the age of 57.
- On 29 June 2916, he finished 14th in the 24.1 km 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York in 5 hours 23 minutes 55 seconds at the age of 57.
- On 2 July 2016, he finished 8th in the 25.3 km 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in 3 hours 55 minutes 20 seconds at the age of 57.
- On 3 July 2016, he finished 9th in the 29.9 km 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York in 5 hours 55 minutes 43 seconds at the age of 58.
- He completed the first two-way crossing of the 3-mile Beagle Channel from Argentina to Chile, together with Rachel Golub and Patricia Sener in 2010 in 4°C (38°F) without wetsuits.
- He participated in the 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships in Tyumen, Russia.
- He completed a crossing of the Strait of Magellan in Chile in 2009 together with Rachel Golub, Scott Lautman, and Mark Lautman.
- He completed a 7 km high-altitude swim in Lago Titicaca in Bolivia in 2015.
- He co-organized together with Phil White, Darren Miller, Melissa O’Reilly, Brad McVetta and Janet Kylander Manning, of the first Winter Swimming Championship in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in February 2015 that is sanctioned by the U.S. Winter Swimming Association.
- He serves as one of the founding board members of the U.S. Winter Swimming Association together with Darren Miller, Melissa O’Reilly, Brad McVetta and Steven Munatones.
- He was a member of the successful, unprecedented, 6-day Bering Strait Swim relay, a 53-mile (86 km) relay crossing from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, USA.
- He competed in the 2016 Winter World Swimming Championships in Tyumen, Russia.
- He attempted the Circunavegación de natación de Isla de Pascua - Easter Island, Kau Hakateka 2016 Rapa Nui, a solo 38-mile (61 km) around Easter Island in Chile that he aborted after 26 hours 52 minutes.
- Cristian Vergara's Easter Island Circumnavigation
- 2016 WOWSA Awards Nominees
- 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees
- Cristian Vergara Getting Ready To Round Easter Island
- Cristian Vergara Ready To Roll 'Round Easter Island
- Marathon Swimmers Federation bio of Cristian Vergara
- Something To Think About
- World Open Water Swimming Association