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Leonard Jansen
August 18th, 2005, 09:58 AM
AC Marathon Swim results can be found at:
http://www.acswim.org/

Question: If you look at the photo section, there are a number of pictures where it looks like the swimmers are swimming directly behind (i.e. drafting) their boat. Is that legal?

-LBJ

Rob Copeland
August 18th, 2005, 02:32 PM
For the AC Marathon it had been an accepted practice to draft off the back of your escort boat. It least it has been traditionally accepted, possible a carryover from the old Pro Marathon, pre-FINA days, and there are some interesting stories of swimmers who have taken extreme advantage of this practice.

It used to be that the crews would add weight to the stern of the boat to increase the draft. And most crews would have a tennis ball on a stick attached to the boat and extended about 3 feet behind the boat so the swimmer could hold a steady position, sighting using the tennis ball.

In looking at the photo’s it appeared that the swimmers are further back than I remember from my swim. And I didn’t see any of the tennis balls, but I did notice that a couple of the boats seemed a bit stern heavy.

geochuck
August 21st, 2005, 07:31 AM
I was at this race as a spectator and a swimmer. I never ever saw a tennis ball. My brother won the race three times and was told by Jim Toomey (the organizer) if he won the race again after the second race, they were going to cancel it. So the 3rd he came in second to Cliff Lumsden. The year I raced 1964 they canceled after the race because Herman W had won 5 times in a row. I had frayed tendons in both shoulders. I had raced the Saguenay River, 28 miles 4 days earlier finished first two hours ahead of the rest of the swimmers and damaged my shoulders in that race. We were not allowed to swim behind the boat we swam at the side of the boat.

This is a story from Atlantic City Marathon... Every top distance swimmer of the era competed in the Atlantic City race. Champions like Tom Park, Cliff Lumsden, Alfredo Camarero and Greta Anderson become honorary citizens of the area during their July visits. Park won the event 3 times and his Toronto boyhood buddy Cliff Lumsden, won twice; the Argentinean, Camerero, upset the field with his victory in 1957. Denmark’s Greta Anderson was the top woman swimmer throughout the years of the competition. Overall, however, the single dominant performer was “The Flying Dutchman,” Herman Willemse, who reeled off 5 straight overwhelming victories 1960 through 1964. Only the demise of the race in ’65 stopped him from continuing his dominance.

geochuck
August 21st, 2005, 07:53 AM
Here are the results from 1953 to 1964 and on http://www.acswim.org/History/PastStandings.htm