Published On: Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014

First solo swim from Klein Curaçao to Curaçao

Solo swimWILLEMSTAD – On Tuesday, October 21, Erwin Ruijsink swam from Klein Curacao to Curacao. It took him about 3 hours and 36 minutes to swim the more than 13 kilometers distance between the two islands. He has put the first official solo crossing under his name.

During the crossing, the swimmer had the guidance of a FRISC of the Royal Navy, and a FINA official from Curacao, Mr. Gladwin de Lanoi.

Erwin Ruijsink is a naval officer who works as Head of the Rescue and Coordination Center (RCC) of the Coast Guard. Both the Royal Navy and the Coast Guard Caribbean stand for safety at sea and with this first official "Solo Swim" between the two islands they ask attention to the importance of swimming skills on the islands.

The earlier crossing done by Andre Nottelman (also employed at the Coast Guard) and Niko Kluyver and the crossing of Erwin Ruijsink have caused the resurgence of open water sports. A FINA official from Curaçao, who is also responsible for the “Swim for the Roses” was also present during both crossings. The reason why this official was present was because of the plans to organize a larger open water event next year. This event will be supported, where possible, by the Royal Navy and the Coast Guard.


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