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Travessia do Leme ao Pontal

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Beatriz Nantes on left and Thais Costa Coelho de Souza on right after completing the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Travessia do Leme ao Pontal by Adherbal de Oliveira and Renato Ribeiro Barbosa was a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Betina Lorscheitter with Adherbal de Oliveira after setting the women's record of the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal along the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Beatriz Nantes completing the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, shown together with Leme to Pontal Swimming Association president Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira on 25 October 2019
Marta Izo and Luciana Akissue of the Anjos D`Água Relay at end of the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jabotis do Sertão relay including Flávio Tabarini, Sandro Ottoboni, Marcelo Napolitano with coach Wanderley Santos after finishing the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal from Leme to Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 30 November 2018 in 8 hours 54 minutes 11 seconds
Henrique Martins Santos after completing the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal on 16 December 2018 along the Rio de Janeiro coastline
Anjos D'Água Relay with João Rodolfo de Queiroz Leite Pinto and Rodrigo Luiz Martins and coach Marta Izo after the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Travessia do Leme ao Pontal is a 36 km marathon swim (Leme ao Pontal Challenge) between Leme Beach to Pontal in Brazil, inspired by the Brazilian song Do Leme ao Pontal, for either soloists or relays. The event is organized by Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira and governed by the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association (LPSA).

History[edit]

Luiz Lima first completed the 36 km crossing in 2008; inspired in part by Do Leme ao Pontal (From Leme to Pontal), a well-known Brazilian song by Tim Maia.

Triple Crown South America[edit]

It is part of the Triple Crown South America: 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal + 1.6 km Beagle Channel + 42 km Río de la Plata.

Solo Swims without Neoprene[edit]

Solo Swims with Neoprene[edit]

Relay Swims without Neoprene[edit]

Relay Swim with Neoprene[edit]

Escort Pilots[edit]

Organizer[edit]

Adherbal de Oliveira

Water Temperature[edit]

The water temperature in the course ranges from 59°F (15°C) to 79°F (26°C) depending on the time of the team. Crossings can be attempted any time of the year.

Costs[edit]

  • Solo: $1,300
  • Relay (2 to 6 swimmers): $1,500
  • Costs include an escort boat and pilot

Travessia do Leme ao Pontal Video[edit]


Nadar é Preciso completed the 35 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal between Leme Beach to Pontal in Brazil on 24 June 2017 in 8 hours 32 minutes with Francisco Calheiros, Roberta Maldonado and Gelson Pierre Jr.


2020 WOWSA Awards[edit]

RIO with Lucas Rivet and Anthony McCarley was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year with the following nomination: Watching a 60-year-old man swim non-stop for hours on end has never been more dramatic or profound. Lucas Rivet produced a sensational hit with his 33-minute documentary film RIO. Cameras above, below and on escort boats capture Anthony McCarley at his strongest and at his most vulnerable during the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal and the 39.7 km crossing attempt of Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. With music and sound effects that pulsate throughout the film, McCarley shares his philosophical well-earned wisdom in a touching one-on-one relationship with the viewer. As the film fluctuates rhythmically between success and failure, teamwork and solitude, joy and fear, sunrise and sunset, McCarley constantly dispenses valuable life advice based on his own experiences and uncommon adventures in the oceans and rivers of the world. For its inspirational message that comes from the heart of a modern-day hero, for its camerawork that fills the screen with immensely powerful images, and for showcasing the strength of a humble adventurer, RIO the movie with Lucas Rivet and Anthony McCarley is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees[edit]

Travessia do Leme ao Pontal was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. 48 Braçades by Miquel Suñer (Spain)
2. Blue Journey Dangerous Waves Project by Bruckner Chase (USA)
3. Global Swim Series by Rob Kent & Dylan Kent (Canada)
4. LongSwimsDB by Evan Morrison (USA)
5. New York Open Water by David Barra, Rondi Davies & Alex Arévalo (USA)
6. Open Water Swim Academy by Dan Simonelli (USA)
7. Outdoor Swimmer by Simon Griffiths (Great Britain)
8. Sea Donkey with Adrian Sarchet (Guernsey)
9. Shark Bait by Dr. Seán O’Connell (Bermuda)
10. Swim Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
11. The Channel of Bones with Toni Enderli (South Africa)
12. Travessia do Leme ao Pontal by Adherbal de Oliveira & Renato Ribeiro Barbosa (Brazil)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination[edit]

The Travessia do Leme ao Pontal is a scenic 36 km coastal swim in Brazil that ends in Pontal and was inspired by a famous song in Brazil called Do Leme ao Pontal. The ocean challenge offers great natural beauty where the swimmer can admire from a privileged perspective the wonders of Rio de Janeiro including Sugar Loaf, Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer, Cagarras Archipelago, Ipanema Beach, São Conrado Beach, Barra da Tijuca Beach and the Pontal Stone. Adherbal de Oliveira and Renato Ribeiro Barbosa created a governing body (Leme to Pontal Swimming Association) that enables solo and relay attempts for neoprene and bioprene swimmers along the gorgeous course. For creating a professional infrastructure complete with escort pilots, crew, guidance and record-keeping to support marathon swims and relays, for encouraging marathon swimming among people who are inspired to repeat the lyrics of a popular song, for offering opportunities throughout the year in temperatures that can range from 15°C to 26°C, the Travessia do Leme ao Pontal is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

RIO The Film Review by WOWSA[edit]

A great film, a must see. Watching a 60-year-old man swim non-stop for hours on end has never been more dramatic or profound. Lucas Rivet produced a sensational hit with his 33-minute documentary film RIO. Cameras above, below and on escort boats boats directed by Pablo Perez Fiedler and Diego Suárez capture Anthony McCarley at his strongest and at his most vulnerable during the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal and the 39.7 km crossing attempt of Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. With music and sound effects that pulsate throughout the film, McCarley shares his philosophical well-earned wisdom in a touching one-on-one relationship with the viewer. As the film fluctuates rhythmically between success and failure, teamwork and solitude, joy and fear, sunrise and sunset, McCarley constantly dispenses valuable life advice based on his own experiences and uncommon adventures in the oceans and rivers of the world. Rivet has spun inspirational messages that come from the heart of a modern-day hero. His camerawork fills the screen with immensely powerful images that showcase the strength of a humble adventurer. See it, RIO.


Rumbo al Pontal – Procesos, a 17-minute film by Biosfera Films of Lucas Rivet's success in crossing the Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay and his attempt at the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Brazil.

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