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Righardt Krugel

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Righardt Krugel whose Mallorca 360º circumnavigation swim is a nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Righardt Krugel is an open water swimmer from South Africa who planned, attempted and successfully completed an unprecedented 276.5 km circumnavigation swim around Mallorca, Spain, called the Mallorca 360º.

Mallorca 360º[edit]

The Mallorca360 Circumnavigation Swim was 22 days long where Krugel encountered schools of fish, feeding frenzies, schools of tuna, a ray, dolphins, flying fish and constantly jellyfish. His swim took a cumulative total of 95 hours 58 minutes and was conceived as a remembrance and tribute to his brother who passed away 11 years prior. The swim was done on behalf of the local children’s Fundacion Allen Graham Charity.

Day 1: 5 hours 35 minutes, 19 km
Day 2: 5 hours, 14 km
Day 3: 4 hours 5 minutes, 8 km
Day 4: 5 hours 30 minutes, 14.7 km
Day 5: 5 hours 45 minutes, 19 km
Day 6: No swimming
Day 7: 5 hours 30 minutes, 15 km
Day 8: 5 hours 30 minutes, 16.7 km
Day 9: 10 minutes, 60 meters
Day 10: No swimming
Day 11: 6 hours, 18 km
Day 12: 2 hours, 5.2 km
Day 13: 5 hours 30 minutes, 18.5 km
Day 14: 6 hours, 16.5 km
Day 15: 5 hours 45 minutes, 18 km
Day 16: 6 hours, 20 km
Day 17: 4 hours, 8.8 km
Day 18: 1 hour, 2.5 km
Day 19: 6 hours, 17.5 km
Day 20: 4 hours 45 minutes, 14.5 km
Day 21: 5 hours 45 minutes, 16.5 km
Day 22: 5 hours 45 minutes, 13.5 km

Mallorca 360º Finish[edit]

2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year[edit]

Mallorca 360º by Krugel is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

"Open water swimmers can expect the unexpected. Richard Krugel did so for 22 days during his circumnavigation swim around Mallorca, Spain. Everything seemed to hit Krugel as he made his way around Mallorca in a 276.5 km solo stage swim. The unrelenting heat, an injured shoulder on Day One, a stomach virus en route, the constant scourge of jellyfish, the turbulent chop around the peninsulas, unexpected weather patterns, constant wind shifts, powerfully strong oncoming currents, the dodging of tidal flows and impatient cruise liners, and curious marine life made the unexpected the expected on a daily basis. He attempted the pioneering 95 hour 58 minute circumnavigation around the beautiful Spanish island as a remembrance and tribute to his brother whose passing served as a catalyst for the unprecedented swim. For his composed nature and calm patience throughout the unassisted swim, for his charitable efforts on behalf of the local children’s Fundacion Allen Graham Charity, Richard Krugel’s Mallorca 360° is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees[edit]

1. Beyond Avalon by Dan Henry, Dave Speier, William Miller, Steve Miller, Lee Grove, Dana Selles, Mark Zambon, Penny Nagel, Chris Gibson, Jon Rodley, Jonathan Hands, Nick Jeffery, Terry Hirt (U.S.A.)
2. Curaçao Channel Crossing by Niko Kluyver, André Nottelman, Erwin Ruijsink (Curaçao)
3. Cyprus Israel Swim by Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Luc Chetboun (Israel)
4. Diomede Islands Swim by Alexandr Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk (Russia)
5. English Channel Crossing by Cyril Baldock (Australia)
6. Great Lake Adventure by Vicki Keith, Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, Jenna Lambert (Canada)
7. International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
8. Lake Ontario Crossing by Trinity Arsenault (Canada)
9. Madagascar Swim by Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot (South Africa)
10. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim by Kristian Rutford (U.S.A.)
11. Mallorca 360° Circumnavigation Swim by Richard Krugel (South Africa)
12. Monterey Bay Crossing by Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
13. Prison Island Swims by Jacques Tuset (France)
14. Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
15. U.S. Lifeguarding Champions by Monmouth County Lifeguards (U.S.A.)

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