My challenge

On August 8th, 2018, I will attempt to swim 23 km across the Viški Channel in Croatia. The Viški channel is located betweeen the islands of Vis and Hvar (43°7'0\" N und 16°19'39\" E) in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea and is 6 nautical miles wide. The water depth is around 120.

The Viški channel is well known to have high waves, especially if strong jugo wind blows from the south, normally up to 10 Beaufort. During summer months strong maestral wind can occur, so in any case it advisable to prepare for the swimming world record attempt according to winds and currents.

My Starting point will be from Saint Clement, Sveti Klement, Paklinski islands. Its area is 5.28 km2 and it is the largest of the Paklinski islands, a group of small islands located in central Dalmatia just south of Hvar. Its coastline is 29.89 km long.

Finishing point will be on the island of Vis, town of Vis. Vis is a small Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland. Vis has a population of around 3,600 and an area of 90.26 square kilometres. The highest point of the island is Hum which is 587 metres (1,926 feet) above sea level. The island's two largest settlements are the town of Vis on the eastern side of the island (the settlement after which the island was originally named), and Komiža, on its western coast.

Update:
On July 21st 2018 I swam 17.7km of Viški channel in 5 hours and 23 minutes thus beating the record.

 

 

Challenge details:

- Distance of world record attempt is 23km to 25km, depending on currents, wind and waves - Depth of sea approx. 120 meters
- I expect approximately 25'000 strokes and 12'500 breaths, which means 25'000 liters of air for the world record distance
- Swimming time (crawling style), depends on the currents, winds, waves and temperature of sea water
- A neoprene swimsuit will protect me from hypothermia/undercooling and from jellyfish stings
- A regular food plan will help to keep energy levels high
- The training over the last few years, especially the last 12 months prior to the attempt will help me to conquer the Viški Channel
- Heavy winds, rough sea, strong current, therefore the weather forecast is crucial for a successful word record attempt
- Two boats as well as two divers, my doctor, my massage therapist and my trainers will accompany myself to ensure my safety, wellbeing and direction

My crew

My bodyguards: Goran, Marijana, Luzia, Petra i Carlo Krivic

My bodyguards: Goran, Marijana, Luzia, Petra i Carlo Krivic

Skipper, diver, confidential bodyguard. Goran has been my best buddy forever since my cancer diagnosis and all the following years. Goran will accompany myself through all the next months, training preparation, world record day, with everything it takes to set the World Record. Goran is an expert as a unique diver with license for the Adriatic Sea to dive into the depth of 70 meters. Goran and his wife Marijana, their children Lucia, Petra and Carlo are the most generous people I have ever met in Croatia and we will enjoy the World Record Party at his home - the most beautiful place in Croatia, directly at the sea. For me, Reini and Andri it is the world most famous place.

My Skipper: Darko

My Skipper: Darko

Darko has accompanied me for years as a professional skipper from Split to Vis and Vis to Split. Together we have experienced very wavy, especially strong Jugo, which we were always able to overcome. We also fought against the strong Maestral wind, we have always managed to reach Vis or Split safe and sound. For me, Darko has been my personal skipper for years, who accompanied me through all the hard times, and only aboard Darko Boot Mobby Dick I could forget everything. Darko is my skipper, whom I trust driving the World Record team safely by my side as I make my world record attempt through the challenging Viški Channel.

My son: Andri Rutz-Miličević

My son: Andri Rutz-Miličević

Beloved Son and Mom's best Diving Buddy.

My Diver: Andy Marović

My Diver: Andy Marović

In 2012 when I was diagnosed, I decided to learn my son Andri to dive at the most beautiful diving place in Vis, at the foot of the rock of the Komiža bay. With Andy, Andri and me experienced the steep cliffs, more than 200 meters high, which are dropping vertically into the sea to about 20 meters of depth. Among numerous rocks there are many schools of fish such as: common two-banded sea bream, sharpsnout sea bream, red mullet, samselfish, and salema.

Andy's diving center offers full diving supply, whether you are an experienced diver, or if you would like to learn how to dive. Andri and me realized our dreams in the fascinating aquamarine setting in Komiža on the island Vis – an intact jewel in the middle of the Adriatic.

Andy Marović will accompany myself to ensure my safety, wellbeing and direction to succeed in my world record attempt.

My Motorboat Expert: Gajo Domić

My Motorboat Expert: Gajo Domić

With Gajo and his famous Argola Charter team I have been relaxing and exploring wide selection of their motorboats since the very beginning. Argola Charter provides first quality and high performance speedboats, day cruisers and yachts. I enjoyed most attractive sea excursions, tailor-made tours, big game fishing with my husband, island Hvar tour etc., team building, boat transfers to/from Split airport, Brac, Makarska, Vis etc., skipper training, different special "stay&sail" offers which include best selection of villas or apartments with Argola boats under special rate.

Browse through the website argola-charter.com, check out their offer and find the best boat or any other service that will best suit your needs to visit me and my family on the island of Vis.

Doctor: Dr. med. Conradin Nadig

Doctor: Dr. med. Conradin Nadig

Specialist for Internal Medicine, Nephrology. Conradin is my "life insurance" and is always at my disposal with help and advice. He will join the world record attempt on the escort boat and take care of my medical support.

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