4-Man Relay Across The Gulf Of Finland
On October 20th, Roman Karkachev of St. Petersburg, Timur Falomkin of Tomsk, Andrey Zamyslov of Moscow, and Anton Kutuev of Murmansk completed a 4-person relay across the Gulf of Finland from Yelagin Island of St. Petersburg to Kotlin Island. It was a cold, real cold 25 km relay in the water that started at 7°C and finished at 9.6°C. It was a massive challenge where the foursome had to endure multiple immersions.
Nuala Moore calls the relay a stunning performance.
Karkachev recalled, “We started with 30-minute legs, but then we switched to 20 minutes so the time available for recovery was
reduced from 90 minutes to 1 hour. The back-to-back immersions over the 9 hours 52 minutes 40 seconds in the Gulf of Finland was very challenging in such cold water. Each of us swam a total of 153 minutes.
After the first stage, we were all shaking for 90 minutes, yikes. Then we decided for 20-minute legs while we almost managed to recover within an hour. We all finished, swimming together.”
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