V2SA “LE TRE ISOLE” swim 06-12 July 2021, 1 Week Programme

Overview

Dates of trip

06-12 July


Getting to the Aeolian islands

Ferry: from Palermo and Naples. The ferry company that provide the service between Palermo and the Aeolian islands is Liberty Lines. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are Snav and Siremar ;

Train: from any Italian city your can easily get to Naples and Milazzo;
From Milazzo you can take the ferry to the Aeolian islands. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are SiremarLiberty LinesN.G.I;

Plane: you can fly to Catania, Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples with: RyanairEasyjetAlitaliaAir ItalyNeos AirVoloteaBlue AirTuifly beVuelingBlue-expressAlba StarCorendon DutchLufthansaTurkish airlinesCzech AirlinesAir FranceEurowingsSmart WingsAir MaltaAustrian AirlinesNorwegian AirSwissIberiaSASKLMAir DolomitiBritish AirwaysBrussels Airlines. From Catania airport you can get to Milazzo by public transport (bus). The bus companies that provide this service from Catania to Milazzo are: GiuntabusBus Shuttle Catania MilazzoSAIS Autolinee. From Reggio Calabria airport there is a direct ferry with LibertyLines to the Aeolian islands. Other transfers from different cities in Calabria are available during the summer with tropeamarcomercisavadorifoderaro.


Accommodation

Hotel Rojas, Vulcano for 6 nights. All rooms are comfortable and include a terrace  /balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV, safety box, fridge, hairdryer and telephone. The hotel is located within the town centre and close to the main port of the island.


Food

Typical Italian breakfast is served in the hotel each morning from 7:30. Lunches will include a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks, served on the boat. We will have 2 dinners in town at "Vincenzino Restaurant". The kitchen can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.


Equipment/Clothes

In addition to your normal clothes you are advised to bring with you the following: a waterproof jacket, warm sweatshirt, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat, wool hat and sun glasses.


ATM/Cash points

There are several cash points on the island of Vulcano so there is no need to bring excess money along with you.


Temperatures and conditions

July average air temperature is 27°; July average sea temperature is 24°. Sea conditions vary according to weather and current. This all adds to the experience of swimming in open water.


Fees

Swimmer € 2195 + € 30 (club membership)
NON Swimmer € 1695 + € 30 (club membership)

Single supplement €190 (6 nights)


What’s included

6 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and packed lunch on board); 2 dinners at Vincenzo Resturant in Vulcano (provided on 6 July and night before “LE TRE ISOLE” swim); 6 nights at Rojas Hotel in twin/double bedroom; fully guided tours on the expedition; swimtrekking instructors; coaching session; 2 main boats (1 coded for up to 15 and 1 coded for +15) including 2 boat pilots, 1 RIB, 1 doctor and 1 crew helper for “LE TRE ISOLE” swim day; 1 main boat (coded for +15 for 4 days) including boat pilot; 4 RIBs for 4 days; 3 swimtrekking instructors; swim permits/authorisations; Swimtrekking club insurance and crossing certificate, t-shirt and swim hat.


What’s not included

Travel to and from Aeolian archipelago; bank commissions/fees; all drinks at restaurants; dinners (except for 2 dinners as described above); personal travel insurance which also needs to cover all swim related activities; any other additional insurance required; tips; other extra activities and anything else not shown on ‘what’s included’.


 

V2SA “LE TRE ISOLE” swim 06-12 July 2021, 1 Week Programme

SWIM CHALLENGE V2SA13Looking for an incredible Mediterranean Sea swim crossing challenge combined with an adventure holiday full of beautiful swims within one of Europe’s most fascinating archipelagos? We have the answer, make your swim challenge goals a reality by crossing the Aeolian archipelago from Vulcano island to Salina island and experience the vast variety of the Aeolian Islands archipelago coastline with its stunning rock formations and postcard sandy beaches.

Coastal swims will have a length of approximately 5 km per day. The swims will be in preparation of the main event of the expedition, “LE TRE ISOLE SWIM”, crossing from Vulcano island (Spiagge Nere) to Salina island (Rinella) for a total of 20 kilometers. Each day the Swimtrekking instructors will inform you of the daily itinerary and provide safety and support during the swims. Swimtrekking will provide 5 full days of varying coastal and crossing swims within the Aeolian islands archipelago which includes the 20 km crossing from Vulcano island to Salina island plus optional coaching session.

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 used*. 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 pairs of goggles. You could also choose to bring a wetsuit, fins, or any other kind of technical swimming equipment. Swimtrekkingwill provide swimmers with a swim cap and t-shirt.

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

About Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands, formed by volcanic activity are a famous Sicilian archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Sicily and named by Greek settlers after Aeolus, god of the winds. They consist of seven emerged islands – Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano. Both Stromboli and Vulcano still have active volcanoes. The islands are very popular as a they are considered one of the best Italian holiday destinations. This archipelago will offer you sunshine, beaches and incredible natural beauty. Whilst in Vulcano you may wish to visit the hot mud baths, take a hike up to the craters of Vulcano, keep an eye out for wild donkeys orhire a spartan conical Alicudi. We will have an opportunity to explore the international jet-set playground of Panarea and also visit Stromboli as part of this exciting experience. This extremely varied and beautiful archipelago was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000. Their volcanic origins have left a dramatic legacy of black-sand beaches and rocky coastlines. You will enjoy all the wild and natural beauties this archipelago has to offer.

Dates of trip

06-12 July

About the trip

Start point: Hotel Rojas, Vulcano.
Start time: 06 July @ 4 pm meet your Swimtrekking Instructors at Hotel Rojas . Welcome briefing, acclimatization swim and group dinner
Finish point: Hotel Rojas, Vulcano.
Finish time:  12 July @ 10.30 am check out from Hotel Rojas, Vulcano.

Typical day Swimtrekking

Breakfast and briefing. Pack up your essentials for the day before heading out for the morning swim. Walk to the pier in front of the hotel. Meet your boat that will take you to the swim locations. We’ll stop off in a cove for lunch, after which you have time to spend exploring. Once lunch has settled and everyone is ready to cool off in the water again, we will start our second swim in a different location. At the end of the second swim the boat will take us back to the hotel.
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The Crossing – General information

Location

Aeolian islands

Distance

20 kilometers according to weather conditions from Vulcano island to Salina island or from Salina island (IT) to Vulcano island. Itinerary could also slightly change due to Italian coast guard decisions.

Swim Window Dates

We will have a swim crossing window of 4 days from 8 to the 11 of July. In case of bad weather conditions, an alternative itinerary will be organised along the coastline.

A special swim crossing window will be available on 7 July only if weather conditions don’t permit the “Le Tre Isole” swim taking place on any of the other allocated swim crossing window dates as described above.  The local boat pilot(s) in consultation with the lead swimtrekking instructor will make this decision. Swimmers will be informed of this decision on 6 July at midday by either group whatsapp message, phone or email. Further details would then be provided at the welcome briefing at 4pm.

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 will 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 the Italian coast guard.

Groups

All swims are non competitive. Instructor(s) will create a maximum of 3 groups. Each group will be assigned 1 support boat. Each group will have different speeds and swimmers should always swim together and as a team (pod).

Swimmers

Should wear a swim cap for all swims. Each swim group will be assigned a colour. During the week Swimtrekking instructors will take care of swim drinks and feeds, approximately every 30 minutes. Swimmers are free to prepare their personalised drinks and feeds.

See Rules and Regulations below about V2SA – “LE TRE ISOLE SWIM” 1 week programme. V2SA1Rules and Regulations V2SA – “LE TRE ISOLE SWIM” 1 week programme

A solid open water swimming and sea conditions knowledge base is preferential. This will help facilitate the success of crossing from Vulcano to Salina.

Swim window dates

We will have a swim crossing window of 4 days from 8 to the 11 of July. In case of bad weather conditions, an alternative itinerary will be organised along the coastline.

A special swim crossing window will be available on 7 July only if weather conditions don’t permit the “Le Tre Isole” swim taking place on any of the other allocated swim crossing window dates as described above.  The local boat pilot(s) in consultation with the lead swimtrekking instructor will make this decision. Swimmers will be informed of this decision on 6 July at midday by either group whatsapp message, phone or email. Further details would then be provided at the welcome briefing at 4pm.

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. We suggest each swimmer brings a swim costume and 2 goggles. You could also choose to bring wetsuit, fins, or any other kind of technical swimming equipment. Swimtrekking will provide swimmers with a swim cap and t-shirt.

*The only exceptions are you must wear a swim cap provided by Swimtrekking and waterproof MP3 players are prohibited. The use of snorkels or front snorkels are 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 insurance which also covers all swim related activities)

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 per boat for the crossing.

Ask the lead Swimtrekking instructor if it’s possible to have more than one support crew on the boat.

Aborting swim due to swimmer(s) 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.66efcb2a8f1834d528c22dc897ec0cd0Group (Pod) swimming

Instructors will split all the swimmers into a maximum of 3 speed groups. Therefore, every group will have swimmers with a similar swimming ability and they 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.

Feeds/Nutrition during the crossing

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 Aeolian islands 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.

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 for the crossing day.

Start and finish of crossing

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

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.

Bureaucratic issues external to Swimtrekking

The swimmer understands that he/she is participating in a crossing that includes the jurisdiction of Italian waters. Every country has his own rules, therefore any order or mandate of the Italian authorities may affect the crossing.5cf72b87460bcf548c9db70c1a01972d

Getting to the Aeolian islands

Ferry: from Palermo and Naples. The ferry company that provide the service between Palermo and the Aeolian islands is Liberty Lines. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are Snav and Siremar ;

Train: from any Italian city you can easily get to Naples and Milazzo;
From Milazzo you can take the ferry to the Aeolian islands. The ferry companies that provide this service from Naples to the Aeolian islands are SiremarLiberty LinesN.G.I;

Plane: you can fly to Catania, Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples with: RyanairEasyjetAlitaliaAir ItalyNeos AirVoloteaBlue AirTuifly beVuelingBlue-expressAlba StarCorendon DutchLufthansaTurkish airlinesCzech AirlinesAir FranceEurowingsSmart WingsAir MaltaAustrian AirlinesNorwegian AirSwissIberiaSASKLMAir DolomitiBritish AirwaysBrussels Airlines. From Catania airport you can get to Milazzo by public transport (bus). The bus companies that provide this service from Catania to Milazzo are: GiuntabusBus Shuttle Catania MilazzoSAIS Autolinee. From Reggio Calabria airport there is a direct ferry with LibertyLines to the Aeolian islands. Other transfers from different cities in Calabria are available during the summer with tropeamarcomercisavadorifoderaro.

Accommodation

Hotel Rojas, Vulcano for 6 nights. All rooms are comfortable and include a terrace/balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV, safety box, fridge, hairdryer and telephone. The hotel is located within the town centre and close to the main port of the island.

Food

Typical Italian breakfast is served in the hotel each morning from 7:30. Lunches will include a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks, served on the boat. We will have 2 dinners in town at “Vincenzino Restaurant”. The kitchen can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.

Temperatures and conditions

July average air temperature is 27°; July average sea temperature is 24°. Sea conditions vary according to weather and current. This all adds to the experience of swimming in open water.

What to bring

In addition to your normal clothes you are advised to bring with you the following: a waterproof jacket, warm sweatshirt, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat, wool hat and sun glasses.

ATM/Cash points

There are several cash points on the island of Vulcano so there is no need to bring excess money along with you.
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Point of interest

Vulcano island

Hike up to the top of the active volcano

This is definitely one of the main attractions in Vulcano. The hike up to top of the active and imposing volcano is something you should plan during your visit to the island. The view of the Aeolian archipelago from the top is extraordinary and is something you will always remember. At the summit, it will be also possible to see the inside of the crater where you can observe the sulphuric gases with smokes of the volcano. This will be a 360° experience into the main elements of this stunning archipelago, sky, water, land, fire.

Valley of Monsters

This attraction is located at the foot of the volcano. This unusual geological terrain was formed due to multiple volcanic eruptions. Unusual stone formations and sandy figures created by the lava are part of the Valley together with rare plants and different species of insects. On the volcano slopes, you can find vast vineyards, where it will be possible to organise some interesting visits.

Spiagge Nere

This is a very popular beach located in the northern part of Vulcano. Spiagge Nere features beautiful picturesque views of the sea and vast black sand beach. The beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, diving and is the best spot to admire epic sunsets. Near it, there is the port where you can embark on a cruise on the lake with healing muds attracting many tourists.

Gelso beach

This is the favourite place for the travelers who prefer to spend their time at a calmer and more peaceful beach. Located in the south part of Vulcano where there is a namesake lighthouse that is a popular tourist attraction.

Acque Calde

Another interesting spot is Acque Calde (Porto di Levante) where there are hot springs in its coastal zone. They are very popular for a unique treatment procedure and attracts fans of peaceful recreation too.

Mud baths

On the island, there is an open sky wellness centre. This is the famous healing mud baths that were used during the Roman Empire. The wellness center offers its clients a good range of services. The water is very warm and can be used any time of the year.

Lipari

Old town

Lipari town was built many years ago (in the V millennium BC), and his original walls as well as the setting of the town are still visible, especially the Acropolis which is the heart of the old town. The main attraction of the old town is the citadel which hosts a 16th century church of Saint Catherine and also the beautiful altars of the Addolorata which is famous for a 17th century gilded stucco work. A number of artworks including a picture of “Madonna of the Rosary” in the 17th Century and also a silver statue of St. Bartholomew are housed in the cathedral of San Bartolo, that is the patron saint of the Aeolian Islands. Lovers of architecture will find the building style of the cathedral very interesting. The old Lipari town deserves a visit.
b138213c610bfbc436490a4ec1fad1bdVisit the Lipari Antic Museum

The museum in Lipari contains archaeological remains from the following eras: Roman, Greek, Neolithic and Bronze Age.

There is also a section dedicated to volcanology, underwater archaeology and another one for different objects from different parts of the world. The permanent exhibition includes remains from shrines long forgotten, ceramics, rocks, pottery, coffins of ancient kings, and many other items which tell the story of times long gone. The Lipari antic museum is a treasure of history and it is the highlight of any visit to Lipari.

Lipari beaches

Lipari beaches are the best in the entire archipelago. Marina Lunga beach is a very popular and beautiful sandy beach. This is a very comfortable area and is especially suitable for families as the waters are quite shallow. Pebble beaches are also very popular in Lipari and it will be easy to find a suitable coastal area to swim, relax and sunbathe.
85e24e5053c96283cfe7e7093d2f87feLocal attractions and excursions

The Aeolian Islands offer a good number of interesting and memorable excursions to the smaller islands such as:
– climb to the crater of Stromboli volcano (the night excursions are especially exciting);
– climb one of the extinct volcanos such as Monte Sant’Angelo (for lovely views on Lipari);
– trips to the impressive Grotta del Cavallo and the Swimming-Pool of Venus in Vulcano island;
– trips to the “Pumice Cave” in Lipari;
– trips to the Pollara cliffs on the island of Salina,
– trips to Punta del Corvo in Panarea, where you can visit the ruins of a prehistoric village (a similar village can also be seen in Filicudi).

Important information

Approximately daily swimming distance: 5 kilometers.
Crossing day: Vulcano island (Spiagge Nere) to Salina island (Lingua) 20 kilometers.

The program will be supervised by qualified Swimtrekking instructors, boat captain and doctor. All logistics will be organized via the Swimtrekking instructor. Timing and itineraries can be modified according to the sea and weather conditions and may be cancelled.V2SA9Photography by Adam Butler

For over 20 years Adam Butler has been photographing the Aeolian Islands, and in particular Panarea, the smallest and most elegant of them all, where he lives part of the year. His images have been widely published, exhibited, collected worldwide and also used by Dolce e Gabbana for the packaging of one of their perfumes. His colourful images evokes the very essence of these islands, contrasting their natural volcanic ruggedness with the geometrical perfection of the whitewashed architecture, with sharp shadows and blinding light, and decorated with flowering bougainvilleas, olive trees and cacti. Visit Adam Butler website. 

 

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