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World Swimming Majors

The World Swimming Majors is an automatic online ranking system for marathon swimmers.

Any and all marathon swimmers of any age, ability and background can submit their information online in order to rank themselves among the world’s marathon swimmers.  The World Swimming Majors takes the results of the following swims and comparatively ranks each swimmer who submits their information.

To submit your swims or check out the rankings, go here.

The World Swimming Majors include the following swims:

1. Cadiz Freedom Swim, Cape Town, South Africa (7.5K or 4.7 miles)
2. Catalina Channel, California, U.S.A. (34K or 21 miles)
3. Clean Half Marathon Swim, Hong Kong (15K or 9.3 miles)
4. Cook Strait, New Zealand (26K or 16.2 miles)
5. Ederle Swim, New York-to-New Jersey, U.S.A. (28.2K or 17.5 miles)
6. English Channel, England-to-France (34K or 21 miles)
7. Jarak-Sabac Marathon Swim, Serbia (18.7K or 11.6 miles)
8. Faros Marathon Swim, Croatia (16K or 9.9 miles)
9. Ijsselmeerzwemmarathon, Netherlands (21K or 13 miles)
10. International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim, Lake Zurich, Switzerland(26.4K or 16.4 miles)
11. Round Jersey Solo Circumnavigation, Jersey (70K or 43.5 miles)
12. Jersey-to-France Channel (29K or 18 miles)
13. Kalamata-Koroni Marathon, Messiniakos Gulf, Greece (30K/16.5 miles)
14. Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto (minimum 50K or 31-mile course)
15. Lake Tahoe, California lengthwise (35.4K or 22 miles)
16. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, New York, U.S.A. (45.9K or 28.5 miles)
17. Maui Channel, Hawaii, U.S.A. (15.3K or 9.5 miles)
18. Molokai Channel, Hawaii, U.S.A. (41.8K or 26 miles)
19. North (Irish) Channel, Ireland-Scotland (30K or 18.6 miles)
20. Pennock Island Challenge, Alaska, U.S.A. (13.2K or 8.2 miles)
21. Rottnest Channel Swim, Perth, Australia (19.7K or 12.2 miles)
22. Santa Barbara Channel, California, U.S.A. (minimum 30K or 19-mile course)
23. Strait of Gibraltar, Spain-Morocco (minimum 18.5K or 11.5-mile course)
24. Swim Across The Sound, Connecticut, U.S.A. (25K or 15.5 miles)
25. Swim Around Key West, Florida, U.S.A. (20.1K or 12.5 miles)
26. Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, Florida, U.S.A. (38.6K or 24 miles)
27. Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean, Quebec, Canada (32K or 20 miles)
28. Tsugaru Channel, Japan (20K/12.4 miles)
29. World 25K Championships (site determined each year) (25K/15.5 miles)
30. Boston Light Swim, Boston, U.S.A. (12.8K or 8 miles)

If you would like to provide recommendations or express your opinions about this new global marathon swimming ranking system, email Open Water Source (