Tomasz Pąchalski

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Tomasz Pąchalski at the Polish National Swimming Conference 2013
Tomasz Pąchalski
2014-2015 WOWSS offers 13 races around the world
Tomasz Pąchalski is the organizer and BCT Gdynia Marathon's Sports Manager of the amateur and professional BCT Gdynia Marathon in Poland. He is also the race director for the first Polish Open Water Swimming National Championship held in a small lake in Kryspinów, Poland in August 2013. Pąchalski is the BCT head coach and manager who also conducts POW (Pool Open Water) events and teaches pool and open water swimming in his native Poland. He also gave a lecture on open water swimming at the 2013 Polish National Swimming Conference and is one of the race directors of the 2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series.

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BCT Gdynia Marathon

The Morski Maraton Pływacki BCT Gdynia is a professional marathon swim from the Hel Peninsula to the city of Gdynia in Poland. It offers a US$10,000 first prize for both men and women and US$28,000 in overall cash prizes.

The 2013 version will be a 19.5 km event will take place 23-25 August 2013. "The BCT Gdynia Marathon is the first of its kind - a major open water swimming event - in Poland for a long time. We would like to invite open water swimmers from all over Europe and other continents as well," explained Pąchalski. "Our priority is safety of our competitor, so we decided to limit the field 35 athletes. The expected temperature of the water is rather low (16-18°C), so it very important to have experienced open water swimmers."

Gdynia is a large coastal city in Gdańsk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea. Hel Peninsula is a long 35 km sand bar separating the Bay of Puck from the Baltic Sea.

The event also includes an open water swimming race of 2.95 km and a 4×200m relay race that was held on 25 August 2013.

2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series Events

1. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
2. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
3. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
4. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
5. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
6. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
7. Aichi Crossing in Nagoya, Japan in August. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
8. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
9. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
10. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
11. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
12. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
13. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

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