How to organize your swim with Baiadigrotta.it
solution to organize your crossing and record your swim in the Official Gold Book of
the Strait of Messina.
Assumption of Responsibility and Lead of the crossing
by Giovanni Arena.
Supply of escort-boats (minimum
two) as requested by the Maritime Authorities' Ordinance, with all the features
and equipment required by
the Port Authority, including
the presence on board of
persons with knowledge of
the English language for communications
with vessels sailing through the
Strait. The boats will
always be led by experts of the area.
Service of Medical Assistance provided by professionals
with specific experience in the field.
Ambulance with experts in First Aid operations.
Service of Lifeguards provided by FIN (Italian Swimming
Federation)-affiliated professional personnel.
Sponsorship of the
event by a FIN-affiliated sports team, as requested by the
Undertaking of all the necessary paperwork with the competent offices,
including the application and the withdrawal of the
Service of Official Timing provided by
Italian Timing Federation (FICR).
Inclusion of the official time in
the Official Gold
Book of the Crossing of the Strait of Messina.
for the service provided by Baiadigrotta.it must
be sent HERE and
Number of swimmers,
personal data, period of the summer
in which you want to swim (from May 1st to October
(members of a team affiliated to their Country's Swimming Federation)
must also provide a copy of their personal sports-team
membership card, in order to be covered by FIN/FINA insurance - and save on insurance costs.
In any case, you MUST provide a valid Medical Certificate for Competitive Sports (specific for swimming).
Who is Giovanni Arena
helmsman on the Ferries that sail every day across the Strait, Giovanni is one
of the most respected "lead" for the swimmers who have tried the crossing in the
past few years. Besides that, he is also a strong athlete in his own right: a
Milazzo C. Nicosia, he has crossed the Strait in 37'08" at 54 years of age,
over-50 record on the single-crossing.
A quick glance at the
Gold Book reveals that
many among the fastest swims have been led by Arena:
male's best time on the Single Crossing set by
son Andrea in 2015;
my record of the Double
female's best and second-best
times on the Single Crossing; the
seventh male's best
times on the Single Crossing,
record ... All these results were achieved with Arena at the helm.
But not only fast swims:
Giovanni Arena has also led some of the most interesting exploits performed by
not-so-fast swimmers: octogenarian Finy Fichera's
Double Crossing, seven
Cautela's swim (the youngest swimmer to ever complete the Crossing), and the
heroic achievement by young disabled athlete
Cadili, among others.
All of these
crossings tell about the sensitivity
of an expert lead
who can suit a race course and
strategy to fit the ambitions
and the strength of each athlete.
Who is Nino Fazio
Nominated by the Open
Water Source for the "Open
Water Swimming Man Of The Year" Award in 2010, Nino is a long-distance swimmer, historian and promoter,
born in Messina in 1961. With more than 100 open water races and 20
crossing of the Straits, he currently owns the records on the
double-crossing of the Strait of Messina (1h.22'23") and the
Vulcano-Capo Calavā (21 km from the Aeolian Isalnds to mainland Sicily,
5h.35'05"). His best time on the single crossing is 35'28". He has also
swum from the Aeolian Islands to Sicily three more times, for a total
of three Vulcano-Capo Calavā crossings, and one Vulcano-Milazzo. As a
competitive open-water swimmer, he has participated to two finals of
the Italian Championships, with an eight place in 1989 as his best
result. "Baia di Grotta" website is the result of his efforts as
a researcher, and he has compiled the gold-book of all the Crossings of
the Strait officially recorded since 1930 here.
An architect by training, he now owns a vintage guitar shop and sells his instruments through Real
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