Port Dover, ON, September 8, 2019 - Daniel Zin successfully completed a challenging
26.5 km swim in Lake Erie on Saturday, September 7th. The effort was part of the
Lake Erie Challenge, an annual event where athletes push themselves in the open
waters of Lake Erie, all to raise awareness and funds to protect the lake's health
Originally scheduled for August 24th, high winds and waves made the original swim
too dangerous to attempt, and forced Zin and his support team back to shore. A forecast
for strong headwinds this Saturday threatened to thwart Zin's second attempt. With
the weather forecast in mind, Zin and his support crew adjusted their plans. Instead
of an exposed crossing from the tip of Long Point to Port Dover, they chose a slightly
more sheltered route, starting at Pottahawk Island. Dan swam across to Turkey Point,
and then over to Port Dover. Zin also adjusted the swim's timing, hoping to take
advantage of calmer winds forecast overnight.
Zin began the swim just after midnight, at 12:41 am. He completed it 10 hours later,
arriving to welcoming crowds on the beach at Port Dover at 10:41 am. The conditions
were better during that window, but swimming through the night presented its own
challenges. Says Zin, "I struggled to find rhythm and just felt tired, cold and
drained from the beginning. Swimming in the dark meant I couldn't see the waves
coming in at me, and so when I went to breathe, I would inadvertently take in water."
To accomplish his feat, Daniel had a support crew of seven, including coach and
pace swimmer Josh Reid, pace swimmer Ashleigh Beacham, support kayakers Casey and
Don Bonnett, support pontoon boat captain Jeff Beacham, and safety boat captains
Chris and Ken Turner.
Having teamed up with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to raise funds for Lake Erie
clean-up and protection efforts, Zin's swim raised over $6000.
For more information and to donate to this cause please visit LakeErieChallenge.ca
About the CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE (freshwateralliance.ca):
The Canadian Freshwater Alliance builds, connects and supports freshwater initiatives
across Canada. We work with NGOs, community groups, governments and businesses to
strengthen citizen voices and participation in protecting our lakes and rivers.
We are a project of Tides Canada's shared platform (http://tidescanada.org/).