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FIRST INTERCONTINENTAL SWIMMING RELAY FROM EURASIA TO AMERICA ACROSS THE BERING STRAIT "MEETING THE SUN"

ПЕРВЫЙ МЕЖКОНТИНЕНТАЛЬНЫЙ ЭСТАФЕТНЫЙ ЗАПЛЫВ ИЗ ЕВРАЗИИ В АМЕРКУ

ЧЕРЕЗ БЕРИНГОВ ПРОЛИВ “ВСТРЕЧЬ СОЛНЦА”

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  FIRST INTERCONTINENTAL SWIMMING RELAY FROM EURASIA TO AMERICA ACROSS THE BERING STRAIT “MEETING THE SUN”

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

The Bering strait dividing two continents and two largest countries in the world has always attracted enthusiasts of extreme sports due to its unpredictable and severe conditions. Highly unfavourable climate together with a strong and changeable current caused by the confluence of two oceans make the strait an insurmountable barrier for a swimmer. But for those who don't seek for easy ways the Bering strait is a real plum, it is their dream.

For two years ice-swimmers of the Amur regional public organization "AQUICE-sport Federation" have been preparing to connect the Russian and American coasts by a swimming relay.

On 25, July, 2012 the participants from Great Britain, Czech Republic, Italy, South Africa, Argentina, Estonia and Russia gathered in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy where they were awaited by the support ship "Academic Shokalskiy" which belongs to the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute and is a property of the Russian Federation. Everything was ready for the expedition. But at the last moment, nearly on the very start of the relay it turned out that the most serious obstacles are put by people, not by nature. On 26, July the organizers of the swimming relay received the documents which nullified all the large-scale preparation work. All the job devoted to freight of the ship, all the permits from the Russian Frontier guards and the US Coast Guards, attracting sponsors, recruiting the swimmers, letters to the officials and endless phone calls even at night - everything was crossed off in one single moment.

FIRST INTERCONTINENTAL SWIMMING RELAY FROM EURASIA TO AMERICA ACROSS THE BERING STRAIT "MEETING THE SUN"

The documents included a letter from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia which informed the organization committee that 'due to unfavourable to Russia verdict made by the Washington court during the so-called 'Sheerson case' there is a real threat that any property of the Russian Federation unprotected by the diplomatic immunity will fall under a security arrest. It refers as well to the ships which enter the US waters and ports. Taking into account the threat in October, 2011 the sailing vessel "Nadezda" had to cancel a visit to San-Francisco and Honolulu and the same decision has been made this year regarding the

sailing ship "Sedov"' Moreover, in this letter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly recommended that Russian ships should not enter the American ports.

The second document was the telegram from the Head Office of Roshydromet. It was not advisory in nature, but contained a direct order: "Therefore we ban the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute as an operator of federal property the use of the ship 'Academic Shokalskiy' for working within the program of the Amur Regional Public Organization 'AQUICE-sport federation' in the Bering strait outside the Russian waters."

The owner of the ship proposed to make a swimming relay a bit shorter and swim from Cape Dezhnev to Ratmanova Island but this program would not satisfy the sponsor of the event.

This could be regarded as the end of the expedition. But the swimmers whose dream to cross the Bering strait remains a dream are not going to give up. "If something is easy, it's not worth doing", says Ram Barkai, a well-known South African ice swimmer. And the Russian swimmer Andrey Sychov adds: "The Bering strait for an ice swimmer is like the Everest for a mountaineer. It's prize number one."

Alexander Brylin

The organizers and the participants of the project are grateful to all the organizations that supported the idea. They are determined to realize the project next year or even later. They believe that their hot hearts will help to overcome the cold waters which separate Russia and America. They are sure that the swimming relay is a wonderful means of establishing good neighborly relations between all countries of the world.

 

Deputy Head of the Organization Committee of

the Intercontinental Swimming relay across

the Bering Strait, President of Amur Regional

Public Organization "AQUAICE-sportFederation"

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