Courtesy of Lake Geneva Swimming Association, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Way back when in the 1990s, FINA sanctioned a 13 km cross-border swim between Lausanne, Switzerland and Évian-les-Bains, France.

Lake Geneva Swimming Association founder Ben Barham explains its re-emergence, “The Classic 12 is a beautiful 13 km swim – an approximate ‘baker’s dozen’ – across the lake between Lausanne and Évian-les-Bains. It crosses the international border between Switzerland and France and is a great test for those wanting to get a real taste of open water marathon swimming.”

On August 26th 2017, 16 pioneers plunged into the pristine waters near Camping de Vidy in Lausanne on the Swiss side of Lac Leman under sunny clear skies, air temperatures of 29°C (84°F) and water temperatures averaging 22°C (72°F).

The first finishers were Martyn Webster and Nuala Muir-Cochrane, who, coincidentally, swam together at grammar school years ago, but had not seen each other since.

All swimmers, volunteers, and supporters met up at the finish at the Centre Nautique d’Evian-les-Bains on the French side for an awards ceremony complete with commemorative glasses for all swimmers, and a festive after-party on the lake.

2017 Inaugural Classic 12 Bioprene Results
1. Martyn Webster 3 hours 50 minutes
2. Nuala Muir-Cochrane 3 hours 55 minutes
3. James Karn 3 hours 57 minutes
4. Valentina Zanotto 4 hours 0 minutes
5. Rachel Doyle 4 hours 16 minutes
6. Joe Patch 4 hours 17 minutes
7. Mark Sheridan 4 hours 51 minutes
8. David Josephs 5 hours 2 minutes
9. Tiina Likke 5 hours 26 minutes
12. Peter Rice 6 hours 9 minutes
13. Clarissa Bruce 6 hours 11 minutes
14. Clarissa Vorfeld 6 hours 18 minutes
15. Pauline Barker 6 hours 37 minutes

2017 Inaugural Classic 12 Neoprene Results
1. Frazer Cairns 4 hours 34 minutes [wetsuit]
2. Alexandre Michaux 4 hours 34 minutes (wetsuit, repositioned mid-swim)
3. Philippe Schenkel 4 hours 41 minutes [wetsuit]

For more information on the next race on August 26th, visit here.

Top photo shows David Josephs. Lower photo shows swimmer Clarissa Vorfeld and LGSA Secretary Charlie Masding.

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