BONIFACIO Summer 2022

SUMMER 2022 - 16 KM FROM ITALY TO FRANCE
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2022 SWIM SEASON (MAY TO SEPTEMBER)

Swim across the Bonifacio channel in this 16K lifetime achievement crossing from Sardinia (Italy) to the French coast of the island of Corsica! You'll start on the beach of Rena Bianca, Sardinia (Italy) and cross to the beach of Punta Sperone, Corsica (France) across a stretch of blue Mediterranean Sea linking the two. We have helped the first American, Mexican, and Brazilian make this crossing, as well as the world record holder. Join the ranks!

Your crossing will be overseen by Italian captain Tommaso Munatoni. In order to consider booking the swim crossing the Bocche di Bonifacio, please plan accordingly to allow 5 days, during which you will stay in the beautiful town of Santa Teresa di Gallura on Sardinia. Be aware weather and sea conditions may vary suddenly, requiring adjustment of the date of the swim.

While there, practice swims are encouraged and we will provide you with training guidance and places to swim.

Before completing your International Application, please take a moment to review our Confidentiality & Minors policy, as well as our Required Supplemental Documents expectations. Thank you very much!

SWIMMING BONIFACIO

An endurance swim of epic proportions.
You won't just scratch it off your bucket list - you'll join a new family.

DETAILS

  • Crossings can be scheduled year round but are best in summer
  • $2,200 per swimmer (including 50% non-refundable deposit). For crossings of 2 or 3 swimmers, please request fee information.
  • WWS full year members receive a 10% discount at time of approved registration.
  • We require the following in advance of your swim: International application, copy of photo ID and passport, a doctor's letter approving you for this swim, EKG/stress test, and proof of covid-19 vaccination, deposit payment, a paragraph (10 lines max )  describing your open water swim experience, planned swim training to prepare you for 16 km swim. For swims of 2 or 4, swimmers at a time, each swimmer must submit Registration/Application individually.
  • Applications will be reviewed and approved by WWS Certified Coaches in U.S. and Italy to comply with World Marathon long distance swim rules and regulations and requirements.
  • If Application is not accepted, the 50% deposit will be refunded minus 15% for handling and processing.

INCLUDED

  • A Five days window to swim across the Bonifacio
  • Permits, vessels, staff/crew, safety & support
  • Practice swims in Santa Teresa di Gallura with a coach
  • T-shirt, medal, and certificate
  • A 2 years Water World Swim International Membership

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • We recommend staying in either Hotel da Cecco, close to the beach and main square
  • Call the hotel directly about discounts for swimming Bonifacio with Water World Swim
  • Fly into Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)
  • You can book a rental and drive to Santa Teresa di Gallura (about 1hr drive)
  • Or take the bus available from the airport to Santa Teresa de Gallura (trip of 1 hr.).
  • The town is small and everything is reachable by walking, including beaches
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Featured swimmers

5 Teenagers Complete Cross-Border Swim From France To Italy
On June 27th, 13-year-old Anaya Khanzode, 17-year-old Mitali Khanzode, 15-year-old Saumir Dikhit, 17-year-old Hana Lip, and 17-year-old Riley Lim, all of northern California successfully completed a 16 km cross-border tandem crossing of the Bonifacio Channel. READ MORE

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THE FINISH LINE

Finish on the luxurious azure shores of Corsica.
We'll head back via the boat, but expect to day trip on this beautiful island!

PILOT & CREW

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Tommaso Munatoni will pilot the crossing. He'll be looking out for you as you swim, and probably make you laugh along the way!

Your swim will be fully supported by an awesome team. Your safety is paramount and the crew will work to keep you on track for success.

OUR BONIFACIO FINISHERS

Sydney Roberts, Bonifacio Finisher July 18, 2021

SYDNEY ROBERTS

USA · July 18, 2021
05:00:00

From  San Francisco, California, Sydney is the youngest swimmer to cross the Bonifacio Channel solo.

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FRANCISCO AGUIRRE

Chile · SEPTEMBER 4, 2021
05:56:00

From  Santiago, Chile. Francisco became first Chilean ever to complete this swim.

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ROBIN LANG

USA · SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
04:31:58

Robin enjoyed great warm waters, finishing the 2019 season.

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APRIL WARRICK

USA · JUL 26, 2019
04:45:00

From Danville, Pennsylvania, April became the first American woman to cross the Bonifacio Channel solo.

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Riley Lim, Mitali Khanzode, Hana Lip, Saumitr Dikhit, and Anaya Khanzode

USA · JUN 27, 2019
04:23:00

These swimmers (ages 13 - 17) are the youngest individuals to ever make the Bonifacio crossing.

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ANGELA ANDELSON & LIZ FOSTER

USA · JUN 19, 2019
04:16:00

Angela and Liz are the first to complete this as a tandem swim.

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ROBERT McGLASHAN

CANADA · SEP 3, 2018
05:00:00

Robert was the first swimmer to make it across Bonifacio in 2018.

ALESSANDRA CIMA

BRAZIL · JUL 4, 2017
05:24:58

Alessandra Cima Rossi, from Dubai, became the first Brazilian to complete this swim.

GONZALO NADAL

MEXICO · JUN 23, 2017
05:54:12

Gonzalo Nadal became the first Mexican to complete this endurance feat.

ROMANO MOMBELLI

SWITZERLAND · NOV 7, 2015
03:38:54

Romano Mombelli made this crossing in world record time.

DAVID RICH

USA · JUL 8, 2015
04:56:37

He became the first American to make the Bonifacio crossing in 2015.

"I loved the whole experience. A few friends of mine made a whole Sardinia adventure out of it. It definitely got windier than I hoped for but the water was beautiful and warm!"
Robin Lang- Crossed the Strait on September 15, 2019

REQUIREMENTS

You must be at least 14 years of age to swim the Strait of Messina or the Bonifacio Channel. In addition, you must have an Echocardiogram (EKG) and Stress test performed by a doctor, valid within one year of your swim date. Without meeting either of these requirements, you will not be able to swim.

We highly recommend travel insurance - and not just for your stuff! Swimming in the open water can be dangerous. While we haven't encountered any, there are jellyfish and you want to be covered in case the unexpected happens. We are not responsible for any swim or open-water related injures.