5 Boys and 1 Girl Relay Swim 1100 km Mumbai to Goa
He said that all the relay swimmers in the event were master swimmers with several national and international records on their swimsuits, Relay swim 1100 KM.
Three teens, including a girl and three young, will jump into the Arabian Sea at Gateway of India on December 17 to start the world’s longest relay swim from Mumbai to Goa and back to Mumbai. This will set a new Guinness record.
The unique and challenging adventure sports event is being put on by the Vasai-Virar Open Water Sea Swimming Foundation with the help of the Para Swimming Federation of India, according to Madan Rai, the event coach and a senior sailor in the Indian Navy.
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“Maharashtra Minister Deepak Kesarkar will start the difficult event tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. They will touch the Fort Aguada in Goa on their way back, and the relay-swimming show will end on December 28 at the Vasai Fort in Palghar after Relay swim 1100 KM,” an excited Rai told IANS.
All Swimmers are a master swimmer
He said that all the relay swimmers in the event were master swimmers who had several national and international records on their swimsuits.
They are Jiya Rai, 14, Dhruven Naik, 17, both from Mumbai; Raj Patil, 17, from Raigad; Sampala Shelar, 21, from Pune; Kartik Gugle, 21, and Rakesh Kadam, 26, both from Vasai, Palghar, with an average age of 19.3 years.
Jiya, Rai’s daughter and the only girl in the competition, has autism and won this year’s Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar Award and several other awards.
Rai said each swimmer would Relay swim 1100 KM for an average of six hours, day and night. During the day, they will stay up to 7 km from the coast on the high seas, but at night, they will stay up to 5 km away for safety.
Time, Date, and Age
All will swim through the main shipping channels to Alibaug, Raigad, on the mainland. They will then turn right and swim straight to Goa, without stopping, until Fort Aguada. They will stop at Miramar Jetty in Goa quickly to get more supplies. After that, they will swim straight back to Gateway of India and then to Vasai Fort on December 28.
There will be a lot of dangers for swimmers in the Arabian Sea. Jellyfish bites can make a person unable to move for hours, and other large fish or sea creatures can hurt young swimmers. At night, the air temperature drops to 20 degrees Celsius, and the water temperature is 17 degrees Celsius. There are also strong winds and strong water currents all the time.
Rai said that each swimmer would swim for an average of six hours going and four hours coming back. Each swimmer will get a turn in the water every 30 hours, day or night, and they have been practicing for the real test for a year, Relay swim 1100 KM.
The Indian Navy Support
Indian Coast Guard will be highly alert through MRCC West if they need help. “The Indian Navy, the Indian Coast Guard, the Mumbai Port Trust, and the Goa government are all supporting the event,” said Rai.
The swimmers will pass through small, beautiful coastal towns like Kanhoji Angre (Khanderi) Island, Revdanda, Kashid, Dighi, Shrivardhan Bay, Dabhol, Bhudal, Jaigarh, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Vijaydurg, and Malvan on their way to Fort Aguada in Goa on December 22.
“If the attempt is successful, we will list it in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World Longest Open Water Sea Relay swim 1100 KM,” said Rai, who was busy making the final plans for the event.
A 6-person team from the Indian Air Force holds the current GWR called “Sea Hawks.” They set the record in 2015 by relay-swimming 1,031 km to beat the 839 km record set by a 200-person team from Italy in 2008.