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Drafting

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Drafting off a lead swimmer at the Swim Challenge Cascais, organized by Jorge Paulo Pereira of 3 Iron Sports
Drafting off a lead swimmer at the Swim Challenge Cascais, organized by Jorge Paulo Pereira of 3 Iron Sports
Drafting in a competitive open water swimming race at the European Open Water Swimming Championships. Photo by Giorgio Scala.

verb - Drafting is a form of positioning and an open water swimming race tactic where athletes positions themselves directly behind or on the side of other athletes in order to reduce drag and resistance and aid in navigation. Drafting is legal in most races, although there are exceptions. It is one element of the concept of interleaving in the training of open water swimmers and triathletes.

verb - To draft is to swim close behind, or slightly to the side, usually somewhere between the hips and ankles, of another open water swimmer (or swimmers) in order to take advantage of their slipstream, especially in a race.

Usage

The cagey veteran was drafting behind the young swimmer throughout the race. The young girl was drafting perfectly in the lead pack off the hips of the world champion.

Origin

Middle English draught, act of drawing or pulling, from Old English.

Synonyms

hang on, follow, drag, catch a free ride, swim in the slipstream

Alternative Definitions

noun - Draft is a group of fish.

The swimmers passed over a draft of fish as they jumped off the escort boat.

Synonyms

shoal, nest, school

Drafting Virtually Explained

Open Water Source's Chris and Dan explain drafting at the elite level:

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