The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica. At the surface, it is the biggest, most prominent peninsula in Antarctica as it extends 1400 km from a line between Cape Adams (Weddell Sea) and a point on the mainland south of Eklund Islands. Beneath the ice sheet covering the Antarctic Peninsula, it consists of a string of bedrock islands that are separated by deep channels whose bottoms lie at depths considerably below current sea level and are joined together by a grounded ice sheet. Tierra del Fuego, the southern most tip of South America, lies only about 1000 km away across the Drake Passage.
The Antarctic Peninsula is currently dotted with numerous research stations and has multiple claims of sovereignty. The peninsula forms part of disputed and overlapping claims by Argentina, Chile and the United Kingdom. None of these claims have international recognition and the respective countries do not currently actively pursue enforcement.
Open Water Swims (bioprene only)
- Lewis Pugh has swum 1 km in the waters off Petermann Island and 1 mile near Deception Island, both in 2005.
- Lynne Cox has completed a 1.2-mile swim from the ship the Orlova to Neko Harbor in 25 minutes in 2002.
- Ram Barkai swam 1 km at 60º south latitude, near Maitri, in Long Lake in 2008.
- Ryan Stramrood, Ram Barkai and Kieron Palframan completed an Ice mile in Neko Harbor in Antarctica -1ºC (40.2ºF) water on 4 March 2014 amid icebergs, orcas and leopard seals.
- Andrew Chin, Toks Viviers and Gavin Pike completed an ice mile in Paradise Harbour in Antarctica in -1ºC (40.2ºF) water also on 4 March 2014 amid icebergs, orcas and leopard seals.
- On 24 November 2018, it was site of the first Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim organized by Ram Barkai of the International Ice Swimming Association in November 2018 where 44-year-old Samantha Whelpton of South Africa, 41-year-old Alexander Brylin of Russia, 55-year-old Yunfeng Wang of China, 44-year-old Leszek Naziemiec of Poland, 54-year-old Andrey Agarkov of Russia, 51-year-old Sergio Salomone of Argentina, and 52-year-old Paolo Chiarino of Italy completed an Ice Kilometer swim.
Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim
Heading through the Southern Ocean en route to Antarctica to the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim
44-year-old Samantha Whelpton of South Africa successfully competes in the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim held on 24 November 2018 in Port Lockroy along the Antarctic Peninsula together with 41-year-old Alexander Brylin of Russia, 55-year-old Yunfeng Wang of China, 44-year-old Leszek Naziemiec of Poland, 52-year-old Paolo Chiarino of Italy, 54-year-old Andrey Agarkov of Russia, and 51-year-old Sergio Salomone of Argentina.
45-year-old Clinton Le Sueur of South Africa, 46-year-old Diego López Dominguez of Spain, 42-year-old Wyatt Song of Australia, 42-year-old Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, 25-year-old Victoria Mori of Argentina, 46-year-old Madswimmer founder Jean Craven of South Africa, and the 61-year-old International Ice Swimming Association founder Ram Barkai of South Africa completed the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim in Mikkelsen Bay in the Southern Ocean along the Antarctic Peninsula on 25 November 2018.
Diego López Dominguez, the Global Swimmer, completing the Antarctica Ice Kilometer Swim in Mikkelsen Bay in the Southern Ocean along the Antarctic Peninsula on 25 November 2018 together with Clinton Le Sueur of South Africa, Wyatt Song of Australia, Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, Victoria Mori of Argentina, Jean Craven of South Africa, and Ram Barkai of South Africa in -1.2°C water.
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