The toughest European open water swim
The third Crown, in Vilagarcía de Arousa 2017
Follow the steps of the caravel Pinta in Baiona 2016, we will complete the Illas Atlánticas Third Crown in 2017 with the last heat between Sálvora Island and Compostela Beach, in Vilagarcía de Arousa. A spectacular crossing of 28 Km, in which swimmers will swim across O Grove, Cambados, Arousa Island and Vilanova de Arousa, as well as several islets and reefs before reaching our final destination and shouting our motto louder than ever “Land ho!!!, we made it!!!”. This third Crown will become the toughest European open water swimming competition. Swimmers, we have ahead of us a tough training year and the last effort before swimming across the Arousa estuary, the largest Galician estuaries.
In the coming months we will inform you about the itinerary and all the services that we are preparing for swimmers and accompanying families and friends such as accommodation, guided tours, regulations and the final celebration of the event.
Open water swimmers from Galicia, those that deal with octopuses and giant spider crabs, have fishermen souls, they drown in the swimming pools and grow in the ocean, each tide is for them a chapter of Miguel Strogoff. They meet in the fishermen bars, moored along downwind side by side, bragging about legendary swims in the Galician coast. They tell stories about boat size conger eels, cuttlefish fights under a mussel raft, baby cuttlefish against velvet crabs, razor clams.
On this coast where a long time ago people believed that the land ended, there is a paradise constituted by several islands named Illas Atlánticas where swimmers do not put on glasses: they adjust their shrouds; the claim that they get caulked when they wear their neoprene suit, and they swim slamming among the huge rocks, with water running through the scuppers. Here, in these estuaries, on board of his Nautilus, Captain Nemo combed the white sand bottom looking for the treasure. A huge tentacle -one was enough- came out of a huge copper boiler that navigated the estuaries wrapped in coarse salt and paprika and became a Jules Verne´s character.
With the first Crown, you will tell a story, with the second one, a legend, and when you finish the third crown, 57 kilometres later, you will return home as an epic character.