This Saturday the 28th September the island of La Graciosa hosted the 21st annual sea swim crossing from Lanzarote to La Graciosa, the Travesía a Nado El Río 2013. Sands Beach Active and Lanzarote International Marathon were proud to be part of this event.
Over 600 swimmers landed on La Graciosa to take part in the 2.6km open water swim which is part of the ‘AA Copa Lanzarote’ swim series. Swimmers came from the Canaries as well as Spain and the rest of Europe to take part in this popular race. Ambassadors from Sands Active, triathletes Bert Jammaer and Bella Bayliss also took part.
Before the swim, all competitors were treated to a parade of nations accompanied by the beating drums of the batacuda before a warm up aerobics session. Then it was time for the swimmers to board the ferries for the journey back to Lanzarote and Playa de Bajo Risco, the start for the swim. Swimmers jumped form the ferries leaving the party atmosphere behind to swim to the start line.
This year the swim conditions were perfect with a flat sea and very little current. This meant the times for 2013 were very good with the winner, Raul Santiago Betancor, completing the crossing in 00:32:08. He was closely followed by Jose Maria Ladislao Marrero with a time of 00:32:54 and Abian Francisco Reino Ascanio with a time of 00:32:58.
The winning females were not far behind with Alexandra Sanchez Clark coming first with a time of 00:35:00. Her main rival of the season, Veronica Guayarmina Navarro Vega, came a close second in a time of 00:35:06 and third place went to Irene Fleitas with 00:36:47.
Both Bert Jammaer and Bella Bayliss both enjoyed the unique party atmosphere of the Travesía El Río and had a good crossing. Bert Jammer came 6th overall and was first in his age group with a time of 00:34:55 whilst Bella Bayliss was 7th female overall and completed in a time of 00:39:53, second in her age category.
Back at La Graciosa all swimmers were treated to paella before the award ceremony and were then able to continue partying with a live band. Once again, La Graciosa and the organizers of the Travesía a Nado El Río 2013 put on a great event which was made even better by the perfect weather and swimming conditions. Until next year!