Madhu and crew starting the swim across the Strait of Magellan.  Jan 28, 2015
Madhu and crew starting the swim across the Strait of Magellan. Jan 28, 2015

Hi everyone,

Madhu is safe and recovering from this latest adventure.

He came out of the water after 1 hour and 50 minutes of attempting to cross.  What was supposed to be a 4 km swim, was over 9 kms by that point.  Incredible!  Strong winds kept him from the finish.

I don’t know what his path looked like, but I am looking forward to the details from Chile.   Safety is #1 and he is safe.  Stay tuned.



Here’s the exact info that has been relayed about the swim:

Water – 5-6C deg – will confirm exact later
Distance Across – 4.0 km
Distance Travelled – 9.18 km (tide pushed him sideways!)
Time – 1h 50min (incomplete)

He didn’t make it all the way across… but what a swim… in water that cold! What an adventure!

Well done, Madhu Nagaraja! I’m sure it’s disappointing… but all us LOSTies are very proud of your incredible swim!!! Lots of stories to come over coffee at Bean There!


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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!


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