Videos tagged with bay of islands New Zealand ALMS ELECTRONICA Electronica and atmospheric soundtracks created to inspire and encourage awareness of ecological, environmental and humanitarian issues and to empower understanding. By producer Glyn MacLean (occasionally featuring vocals by Yulia MacLean.) About AWAKEN I composed Awaken one Sunday afternoon upon seeing the plight of NZ dolphins caught up in Japanese Scientific Research ship nets. I have been fortunate in my lifetime to grow up on West Aucklands surf beaches, Whatipu and Piha. I lived on Waiheke Island for 2 years, swimming long distance every day, often up to 1km off shore. I would swim around the coast from Oneroa to Palm Beach and became attuned to the ocean. A long distance swimmer breathes in the scent of the sea. Over the years I noticed that the taste of the New Zealand ocean was changing. I could actually smell the pollution increasing in the water. Not long after, Takapuna and Browns Bay in Auckland temporarily closed the beaches to swimming because of pollution. In many places in New Zealand it has become unsafe to swim because of the toxicity of our ocean water. As for me, I was only a brief visitor to the ocean and did not live there. I could make the decision to no longer swim in toxic oceans. I could leave. After all, the ocean is not my home. This is not so for our marine life and dolphins. In my lifetime I have seen shell fish banned because it is toxic. I have seen swimming banned from beaches. I wonder is this ok I can not change the world. I can only change myself. And so I realise that if I can inspire myself to change, to contribute something positive, then perhaps I can inspire others to also consider what we each can do. I am using what talents I have to communicate how I feel about the lack of respect our worlds leadership has for ensuring our oceans have a future. And when I walk along a beach, I will pick up rubbish. I will try not to pour chemicals down the drain. I will try to buy ecologically friendly products whenever I can. and I will continue to care. Enjoy the music. Glyn MacLean See: REVERB NATION: .reverbnationalmselectronica FACEBOOK: .facebookpagesAlms13062376042 MAIN SITE: .almslectronica MYSPACE: .myspacealmselectronica
Penny Palfrey Sets New Womens Record at the 10th Anniversary 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim CLEARWATER, FL Australian Penny Palfrey opened an early lead over the field and finished with a 12 mile advantage to set a new womens record at the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on Saturday, April 19th, 2008. Palfrey, 45, from Townsville, Queensland, Australia, completed the 24 mile race in 7 hours, 51 minutes, 24 seconds to break the womens record that was held by Gail Rice of Miami, Florida. In 1999, Rice swam the course in 8 hours, 34 minutes, 24 seconds in a solo effort that featured a pod of dolphin that shadowed her during the final 3 hours of her swim. The race course covers the entire length of Tampa Bay and is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and the revitalization of Floridas largest estuary. Jose Serra, 34, from Guatemala was the mens champion, finishing in 8 hours, 9 minutes, 15 seconds. All day long, Serra jockeyed for position against the top three relay teams while trying to chase down Penny Palfrey . North Baltimore Aquatic Club swam the bay in 8 hours, 2 minutes, 29 seconds to repeat as relay champions. They were followed by teams from Ft. Lauderdale and St. Petersburg who finished in a virtual dead heat with only 6 seconds separating the two relays when they crossed the finish line at Ben T. Davis Beach. Weather conditions generally favored the swimmers, aided by an incoming tide and a 10 knot tail wind that persisted all day. A light, 1 to 2 foot chop pushed the competitors towards the finish line as they enjoyed extremely fast times for the event. Shortly after 11:00am, Support Boat Cordinator Communications Director Marv Siple held a brief moment of radio silence to remember Dave Parcells, the swimmer who succumbed to cardiac failure after completing the first 9 miles of last years race. Also in tribute, the paramedic that patrolled the course carried a Parcells Pack which included a first aid kit and AED. Penny Palfrey has become one of the worlds best known marathon swimmers. In 2007, she was the overall winner at the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York, NY (28.5 miles), the South Head Roughwater Swim in Sydney, Aus. (11k), the Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim in Canberra, Aus. (8k), and was the womens champion at the Rottnest Channel Swim in Perth, Aus. (20k). Also in 2007, she received the gold medal for the years fastest swim across the English Channel (9 hours, 7 minutes), awarded by the Channel Swimming Association. She is the oldest female to have crossed the Cook Strait in New Zealand, and may plan to attempt a rare double crossing of the English Channel sometime in the near future. Since this event was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Australia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Germany, India, Canada, and the Cayman Islands. Fourty swimmers participated in this years event, swimming as soloists or as a part of a relay team.