C2S – CORSICA to SARDINIA – Strait of Bonifacio swim crossing 31 July-6 August; 7-13; 14-20 August 2021 – SLOT Programme

Overview

Dates (swim windows)

31 July-6 August; 7-13; 14-20 August
Please note: Maximum 2 slots per swim window


Getting to La Maddalena

Ferry: from Civitavecchia, Livorno, Piombino, Genova to Olbia. The ferry companies that provide this service are; Grimaldi Lines , Moby lines , Tirrenia . Once arrived in Olbia take the public transports (bus) Arst or a taxi to Palau. From Palau take the 15 minutes ride ferry to la Maddalena with Delcomar or Maddalena lines . There is also a Taxi company Sardegnatours that can take you directly to la Maddalena including the ferry ticket in the price.
Plane: you can fly to Olbia with: Easy jet , Alitalia , Meridiana ,Vueling , Air Dolomiti , Lufthansa , Swiss Air , Austrian Airlines , Air Berlin , Eurowings . From the airport take the public transports (bus) Arst or a taxi to Palau. From Palau take the 15 minutes ride ferry to la Maddalena with Delcomar or Maddalena lines . There is also a Taxi company Sardegnatours that can take you directly to la Maddalena including the ferry ticket in the price.


Accommodation

We suggest to stay at Hotel Miralonga. This Hotel has 50 comfortable and spacious rooms, equipped with color TV, private entrance, Wi-Fi and good facilities for a relaxing holiday. The Hotel located along the coastline of La Maddalena, enjoys a splendid view of the island of Santo Stefano and is about 800 meters from the main port of the island, with large car parking, swimming pool and rooms with panoramic views.


Food

Snacks and lunch will be provided on board after the crossing. Snacks and lunch will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks. We can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements when booking.


Equipment/Clothes

Each participant should bring a waterproof jacket, warm sweatshirt/jacket, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat and sun glasses. Each participant should bring his own wetsuit, googles and fins to use throughout the trip (if needed).


Average temperatures and conditions

August - average air temperature is 27°; average sea temperature is 25° (degrees Celsius). Sea conditions will vary according to the weather and currents. This all adds to the experience being in open water.


Fees

€2720 + € 30 (club membership) 1 solo swimmer
€1705 + € 30 (club membership) 2 swimmers
€1285 + € 30 (club membership) 3 swimmers
€1075 + € 30 (club membership) 4 swimmers


What’s included

Swim crossing CORSICA to SARDINIA from Capo Pertusato (Bonifacio) to Porto Quadro (Santa Teresa di Gallura) or vice versa; 1 acclimatisation swim the day of your arrival; boat assistance on the crossing day; snacks and lunch on the crossing day; ST TEAM assistance the day of the acclimatization swim; ST TEAM assistance on the crossing day; Doctor assistance on the crossing day; C2S Swimtrekking t-shirt and swim hat; permits Italian and French coast guard; Swimtrekking club insurance and club membership; Swimtrekking crossing certificate.


What’s not included

Travel to and from La Maddalena; accommodation; all meals except lunch on day of crossing,  additional coaching sessions before the crossing day; bank commissions; personal travel insurance; tips; any other additional insurance; other extra activities; anything else not shown on  what’s included.


 

 

C2S – CORSICA to SARDINIA – Strait of Bonifacio swim crossing 31 July-6 August; 7-13; 14-20 August 2021 – SLOT Programme

SWIM CHALLENGE

Looking for an incredible Mediterranean Sea swim crossing challenge with an ideal sea temperature and visibility? We have the answer, make your swim challenge goals a reality by crossing the Strait of Bonifacio solo, by pod or relay team. You will be supported by a team of swim crossing experts helping facilitate the success of your crossing. Swimtrekking will be providing swim crossing slots on a first in first served basis. To register your interest for the C2S – CORSICA to Sardinia swim crossing,  you must email your completed application form to info@swimtrekking.com

Swimtrekking will review your application form within 7 days of submission and will advise if you have been successful securing a designated CS2 swim slot. If you are successful a minimum 30% non-refundable deposit must be paid to Swimtrekking within 48 hours. We understand the anxiety and desire of swimmers to make the crossing, but warn sometimes the weather circumstances force swimmers to wait a few days. For this reason we are only allowing two swim slots per swim window.  Rest assured when on location Swimtrekking will keep you well informed regarding your dedicated swim slot and potential to attempt your swim crossing.

Equipment

This is your swim challenge! What stands us alone from other crossing providers is that we aren’t rule specific in terms of swim equipment*. You are undertaking a non-competitive swim crossing; we just need to know what swim equipment you wish to use when you register. We appreciate everyone’s goals and how they wish to achieve them is different. We suggest each swimmer brings a swim costume and 2 goggles. You could also choose to bring wetsuit, fins, snorkel or any other kind of technical equipment. Swimtreeking will provide swimmers with a swim hat and t-shirt.

*The only exceptions are you must wear a swim hat provided by Swimtrekking and  waterproof MP3 players are prohibited. The use of front snorkels is permissible, but the use of these is to be discussed with the lead swim guide prior to your crossing purely for safety purposes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

About La Maddalena

The Maddalena Archipelago National Park is situated in Sardinia’s northern and comprises chain of numerous islands. The seven predominant isles are known as the “seven sisters”: Maddalena, the most important, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli. Here, the coast is in pristine, perfect condition (unlike the inhabited centres of Maddalena); all the islands and islets are rocky in landscape, and their particularity is tied to the fact that each island is very close to the next, while the seafloor is rather shallow. These traits, along with the chromatic variations of the sea and the extraordinarily beautiful topography and terrain, create enchanting and breathtaking scenery. The Island of Maddalena is a precious gem set within this archipelago, boasting magnificent beaches lapped by waves of crystalline water, glimmering sand, and splendid seabed. Its main town centre maintains its fishing village appearance, with the municipal building, Parochial Church of Santa Maria Maddalena, in addition to locales, restaurants and shops for every type of purchase. Beyond its naturalistic attractions, the memory of Garibaldi is kept alive on Caprera via the hero’s house-museum, highly visited by tourists. The Maddalena Archipelago Park is the ideal destination for boat excursions, and scuba-diving under the emerald and turquoise, azure and cobalt blue sea. It also comprises some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches, among them the “pink beach” and Budelli Island, that owes its characteristic colour to the innumerable skeletons of tiny animals brought to its shores by the current (they are almost impossible to spot without a guide). Other standout beaches include Cala Coticciu, Brigantina and Portese on Caprera; Cala Corsara and Cala Granara on Spargi; and Cala Lunga on Razzoli. Meanwhile, the seafloor is a world unto itself, the home of countless spectacular awe-inspiring species of flora and fauna.

Dates (swim windows)

31 July-6 August; 7-13; 14-20 August
Please note: maximum 2 slots per swim crossing window

About the trip

Start point: 31; 7; 14 August, Hotel Miralonga, La Maddalena.
Start time: 2pm
Finish point: 6, 13, 20 August, Zona Padule, La Maddalena.
Finish time:  5.30pm

Acclimatisation swim

A welcome/safety briefing will take place at 2pm at Miralonga Hotel followed by an acclimatisation swim from a beach near the Hotel. The purpose of the swim is to for you to get used to the local sea conditions, provide important crossing tips, answer questions and ensure your swimming ability is as per the necessary pre-requisite information required.

The Crossing – General information

Location

Strait of Bonifacio

Distance

14 kilometers according to weather conditions from Capo Pertusato (FR) to Porto Quadro (IT) or from Porto Quadro (IT) to Capo Pertusato (FR). Itinerary could also slightly change due to Italian or French coast guard decisions.

Swim Window Dates

We will have 2 slots per swim window of 6 days during the following dates: 1-7 August; 8-14 August; 15-21 August.

The day of the crossing

Aim for a 7am start (this is subject to change at the discretion of the Lead Swimtrekking Instructor and boat captain). The crossing would only go ahead if the weather conditions are satisfactory and safe (neutral or favourable currents; maximum Beaufort scale (2) and only with the authorization of  both the Italian and French coast guard.

Solo Swim

Stipulate on your application form you wish to book a solo swim.

Group (Pod) Swim

Stipulate on the application form you wish to take part in pod swim (2 minimum to 4 maximum). See Rules and Regulations below about pod swimming.

Relay Swim

Stipulate on the application form you wish to take part in relay swim (2 minimum to 4 maximum). See Rules and Regulations below about relay swims.

Rules and Regulations C2S SLOT

A solid open water swimming and sea conditions knowledge base is preferential. This will help facilitate the success of crossing the Strait of Bonifacio.

Swim Window

A maximum of two swim slots are available per swimming window. If you have been assigned slot one of a swim window you have the first right of refusal to a proposed swim crossing date. However, if you do decide to postpone, in doing so you will go to the back of the slot list for your assigned swim window.

Swim Equipment

This is your swim challenge! What stands us alone from other crossing providers is that we aren’t rule specific in terms of swim equipment*. You are undertaking a non-competitive swim crossing; we just need to know what swim equipment you wish to use when you register. We appreciate everyone’s goals and how they wish to achieve them is different.

*The only exceptions are you must wear a swim cap provided by Swimtrekking and waterproof MP3 players are prohibited. The use of front snorkels is permissible, but the use of these is to be discussed with the lead swim instructor prior to your crossing purely for safety purposes.

Medical Certificate

Provide a completed medical certificate from a doctor certifying that the swimmer has no medical reason which would preclude him/her from performing non-competitive swimming and is fit for the swim challenge.

Insurance (travel and life insurance)

Swimmers must have their own individual insurance which assures they are covered for any unforeseen event during their voyage. Any accident in relation to any support boats are covered by the insurance of the boat and Swimtrekking, apart from that Swimtrekking is not responsible for the consequences that arise as long as they are not within their responsibilities.

Communication and language

The swimmer, coach, mentor or support crew should be able to communicate in Italian or English.

Swimmer support crew

A maximum of one support crew is permissible for the crossing. This limit is applicable regardless of type of crossing (solo, group swim and/or relay).

Aborting swim due to swimmers safety

The skipper of the main support vessel, after consultation with the doctor and lead swim support instructor has the final decision with regards to swimmers safety and aborting a swim.

Solo swim

If the swimmer for any reason is delayed several times, the skipper of the main support vessel, doctor and lead swim support instructor after consultation with each other have the right to remove the swimmer without question. This decision will be made in the interest of the swimmers’ safety.

Group (Pod) swimming

2 minimum to 4 maximum swimmers are permissible per pod. Swimmers must have a similar swimming ability and shall not separate more than 3 metres throughout the entirety of the crossing. If swimmers exceed this distance, the faster swimmer(s) should slow down, wait or loop back. If one or more swimmers for any reason are delayed several times, the skipper of the main support vessel, doctor and lead swim support instructor after consultation with each other have the right to remove the swimmer(s) without question. This decision will be made in the interest of the swimmer(s) safety. Depending on the health of the swimmer(s) removed from the water the swim may need to be aborted.

Relay swims

2 minimum to 4 maximum swimmers are permissible per relay team. Change over’s can occur every 30 minutes at a minimum or every hour at a maximum. You are required to inform Swimtrekking no later than 1 month before your relay slot swim of your preferred change over times. The skipper of the main support vessel, doctor and lead swim support instructor after consultation with each other have the right to remove a swimmer without question. This decision will be made in the interest of the swimmers safety. Depending on the health of the swimmer removed from the water the relay swim may need to be aborted.

Feeds/Nutrition

All feeds/nutrition is the responsibility of each swimmer. It is recommended that substances to be ingested during the crossing have been tested during your training swims and are unlikely to cause any unwanted reaction during your swim crossing. Due to varying currents in the Strait of Bonifacio and to ensure the success of the crossing it is advised that feeds are limited to a maximum of 1 minute, this will provide enough time to ingest liquids and/or solids. Swimtrekking advises feeds occur no less than 30 minutes between each stop. 

Medication

All medications (non-narcotic and prescribed) that the swimmer must take during the crossing must be shown and validated by the doctor assigned by Swimtrekking prior to any boats leaving for the start of the swim.

Stimulants

The use of any performance enhancing stimulants is forbidden. This would result in your solo swim, group swim or relay not being recognised if there is evidence of such a breach.

Notification of arrival to La Maddalena, Italy

Notify your lead instructor of Swimtrekking of your arrival two days prior to the swim window assigned.

Minimum age limit

Swimmers under 18 years of age before the year of the crossing date are not allowed.

Passports

Each swimmer and any accompanying personal must have their passport with them.

Start and finish of crossing

The crossing must begin after sunrise and must end before 5.30pm. 

Adverse weather conditions and/or environmental factors

The weather and environment can be unpredictable. The skipper of the main support vessel, after consultation with the lead swim support instructor may cancel the crossing before or during the swim due to adverse weather conditions and/or adverse environmental factors.

Emergency evacuation

You will hear one long blast on the whistle or fog horn. Although you may feel like you are in your natural element in the water this is not our home. If we need to remove you from the water “get out” straight away. We can discuss the reasons why we have removed you once you are on the safety of a boat. The skipper of the main support vessel or any swim support instructor all have equal final say on this.

Burocratic issues external to Swimtrekking

The swimmer understands that he/she is participating in a crossing that includes the jurisdiction of two different countries (France and Italy). Both countries have their rules, therefore any order or mandate of the authorities of those countries may affect the crossing. 

Getting to La Maddalena

Ferry: from Civitavecchia, Livorno, Piombino, Genova to Olbia. The ferry companies that provide this service are; Grimaldi Lines , Moby lines , Tirrenia . Once arrived in Olbia take the public transports (bus) Arst www.arst.sardegna.it or a taxi to Palau. From Palau take the 15 minutes ride ferry to la Maddalena with Delcomar or Maddalena lines . There is also a Taxi company Sardegnatours that can take you directly to la Maddalena including the ferry ticket in the price.
Plane: you can fly to Olbia with: Easy jet , Alitalia , Meridiana ,Vueling , Air Dolomiti , Lufthansa , Swiss Air , Austrian Airlines , Air Berlin , Eurowings , Neos Air . From the airport take the public transports (bus) Arst or a taxi to Palau. From Palau take the 15 minutes ride ferry to la Maddalena with Delcomar or Maddalena lines . There is also a Taxi company Sardegnatours that can take you directly to la Maddalena including the ferry ticket in the price.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Accommodation

We suggest to stay at Hotel Miralonga. This Hotel has 50 comfortable and spacious rooms, equipped with color TV, private entrance, Wi-Fi and good facilities for a relaxing holiday. The Hotel located along the coastline of La Maddalena, enjoys a splendid view of the island of Santo Stefano and is about 800 meters from the main port of the island, with large car parking, swimming pool and rooms with panoramic views.

Food

Snacks and lunch will be provided on board after the crossing. Snacks and lunch will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks. We can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements when booking.

Temperatures and conditions

August – average air temperature is 27°; average sea temperature is 25° (degrees Celsius). Sea conditions will vary according to the weather and currents. This all adds to the experience being in open water.

What to bring

On top of your normal clothes you should bring with you: a waterproof jacket, warm sweatshirt, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat and sun glasses. There several cash points on the main island of La Maddalena so you don’t need to bring to much money along with you.

Point of interest

The Most Famous Beaches of the Mediterranean

With its 180 km of coasts, the Archipelago includes some of the most famous and charming beaches of the Mediterranean: in particular, Spiaggia Rosa (the pink beach) and Spiaggia del Cavaliere in Budelli, the beaches of Cala Coticcio and of the Relict in Caprera, Cala Corsara and Cala Granara in Spargi are worth a mention. Inlets and bays are unique landscape features: they represent several natural landing stages always offering a safe shelter to the seafarers. Inlets and bays are strictly linked to the colors of the sea for which the Archipelago is famous all over the world, in particular Porto Madonna, Cala Corsara, the Beach of Cala Lunga di Razzoli, Santa Maria, Cala Coticciu. The islands of the Archipelago are the result of geological processes that began with the Hercynian orogeny in the late Paleozoic era. A series of long moments of continuity alternating with transgressive-regressive sea level cycles during the Mesozoic and Tertiary eras, combined with tectonic uplift and subsidence phenomena involving the whole region have favored marked geomorphic processes with the formation of broad leveling surface areas both above and under the current sea level, on which inselberg and thor-shaped relief, as well as terraced surface areas remain as evidence.

The Islands

The 62 islands and islets forming the Archipelago cover a surface area of 5,134 ha, 15,046 ha in the sea. The National Park covers – including land and marine areas – 20,180 ha, with a coastal development of 180 kilometers. La Maddalena, mother island and capital of the homonymous Archipelago, is the Park gateway. It is the one and only inhabited island, except for the village of Stagnali in Caprera Island and the settlements of Santa Maria. Caprera: Garibaldi’s island. After La Maddalena, it is the second island of the Park for size, but it is the first one for the beauty of its coasts and beaches and for its particular flora. Budelli Island is considered one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean, as well as symbol of Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park, since it houses one of the most significant environmental sites of the area: Spiaggia Rosa (the pink beach). Razzoli and Santa Maria Islands are nearly united to Passo degli Asinelli. Razzoli Island lies in the northernmost section and is striking for its imposing cliffs and the shapes of its rocks, resembling Henry Moore’s sculptures. Nibani, Mortorio, Soffi and Camere are three islands situated in the south-east of the Archipelago, in front of Costa Smeralda, a few miles from Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, an ideal destination for yachtsmen. Spargi Island is the biggest of the four minor islands of the archipelago and is famous for its eastern beaches. Of granite origins, very rich in water and vegetation, it houses several protected bird species. Cala Corsara, Cala Connari, Cala Granara, and many other inlets surrounded by big granite rocks.

The Sea

As far as the seabed is concerned, the position of the Archipelago within Strait of Bonifacio leads to a high hydrodynamism which, associated with the scarce depth of the channels and the very low tidal range, favours the great clearness of the waters with color variations going from turquoise blue to emerald, blue, and dark blue. The seabed preserves forms of granite erosion emerged during the latest glaciation 18 ka B.P. The extremely rare concurrence of such factors has led to the formation of a marine landscape which is rather unique in the world. As far as sea biocenosis is concerned, the fishing effort of the local fishermen has never represented a risk of impoverishment for the biocenosis, even if the situation has changed in the latest decades because of the considerable increase of tourist activities, the anchoring of pleasure boats, and the unrestrained sports fishing.

La Spiaggia Rosa (The Pink Beach)

Enhanced by the extraordinary chromatic effect used by Michelangelo Antonioni in his film “Deserto Rosso”, the first colour film by the maestro from Ferrara (1964), today, thanks to the safeguard rules of the Park, it is entirely protected. The Pink Beach of Budelli is called in this way for the presence of a high percentage of bioclasts (mainly consisting of skeletal fragments of Bryozoans, especially Miriapora truncata, and foraminiferans, especially Miniacina miniacea, with a pink color) in the sedimentary formation of the sands. These bioclasts originate above all in the Posidonia oceanica meadow and feed the beach thanks to the coastal drift currents and the bottom currents. After over ten years from the introduction of the safeguard rules and the preservation measures not allowing anchorages in the Posidonia meadow, the most famous beach in the world has recovered its natural colours, the colours that bewitched the filmmaker and the many tourists attracted for years from this unique beach.

Some History

The islands of La Maddalena Archipelago are scattered throughout one of the most fascinating seas of the world. Only in the mid-17th century, a small colony of shepherds coming from the nearby Corsica took possession of the archipelago, settling in particular in the mother island of La Maddalena. Till then, the islands were deserted. The only possible human presence in the archipelago dates back to the Roman military stations and to the monastery in Santa Maria Island of the mid-13th century. Interested by the incursions of the Barbary Corsairs, the islands of the archipelago had never been inhabited before the arrival of the shepherds from Corsica. In the middle of the Mediterranean and of the maritime trade, the importance of the whole archipelago has been fully acknowledged in the works by important authors, filmmakers, and protagonists of history who have left their mark on these islands, deeply influencing the whole historical life of the community of La Maddalena.

The Granite Quarries

The quality of the granite, especially in La Maddalena in loc. Cava Francese and in Santo Stefano, has given origin to an important activity leading to a top professional production, with handicrafts exported all over the world. The most ancient quarries are interested by an environmental recovery both as fas as lichen crusts and natural vegetation development are concerned, while the most recent quarries, although abandoned, have a greater impact on the landscape which could be recovered, also considering the fact that these areas are situated in the Historical Environmental Geomining Park of Sardinia, recently recognized by UNESCO.

The Fortifications

For over two centuries, imposing sentinels of the archipelago. Authentic military architecture masterpieces, unmistakable local features. The space filled up by military structures in our territory is not the only one, although more than others it has been influenced by this presence. The central position of La Maddalena in the Mediterranean has transformed it into a military target since 1767, when the Sardinian-Piedmontese people decided to occupy it and transform it into a base for the ships of Regia Marina Sarda, which could better fight against the smugglers, against the Barbary Corsairs, and against the French in the waters of North Sardinia.

Underwater Archeology

La Maddalena has been inhabited for about 230 years. These islands, situated at the edges of Bocche di Bonifacio, have been known since ancient times, as demonstrated by archaeological and mythological evidences. Among the others, it is necessary to mention the Roman ship of Spargi, a particularly significant example of the archaeological finds coming from the submerged world of the Park, but also the precious and emblematic evidence of the passage of the most important navies of the world that have sailed these waters since ancient times.

Important information

Acclimatisation swim distance: 3 kilometers.
Crossing day: Bonifacio (Capo Pertusatu) to Santa Teresa di Gallura (Porto Quadro) 14 kilometers.

The program will be supervised by qualified Swimtrekking instructors, boat captain and doctor. All logistics will be organized via the Swimtrekking instructor.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

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