Lithuanian sportsman to swim across the Baltic Sea

July 23, 2007 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Urbonas reaches ÖlandA Lithuanian sportsman Vidmantas Urbonas plans to swim across the Baltic Sea and this way to draw attention to the constantly deteriorating ecological situation of the sea.

The sportsman started on Jul.22 from Swedish city of Kalmar and reached the Öland Island after swimming 7 kilometers. On the next day, the sportsman hoped to continue and to reach Gothland Island after swimming 57 kilometers.  However, due to strong winds Mr Urbonas had to temporary postpone the race and  will resume it when the weather conditions improve.  In his words, this will be the first chalenge on which the success of the further swimming depends.

Then the swimmer is to encounter the biggest challenge — to reach the Pavilosta port of Latvia on the other side of the Baltics at the distance of 145 kilometers.

The sportsman has planned to swim all the distance of 200 kilometers during eight days but the number of days will increase from now on.  In his words, the most difficult things awaiting during the swimming are cold water and unpredictable weather.

The swimming across the Baltic Sea is not the first campaign in which Urbonas participates. In July 1999 he organized an ecological campaign during which he swam 460 kilometers by River Nemunas from the Belarus border to Rusne in eight days swimming 10 hours a day on average.

In 2006, the sportsman tried to swim across the 33 kilometers long English Channel separating Britain from France, but the swimming was stopped due to bad weather conditions.

According to BNS


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Lithuania, Northern Europe.

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