Week 13 – crawling

Week 13 Saturday 25 August to Friday 31 August 2012

Courtesy of World Book Encyclopedia 1967

Here in Australia the freestyle form of swimming is known as the Australian Crawl. In America, in the 1967 World Book Encyclopedia at least, it is known as the American Crawl.

Here in Australia in the late 1970s and then the 1980s there was a very popular rock band called Australian Crawl. One of their albums was called Sons of Beaches. It was recorded in Hawaii in 1982, and included a song called Daughters Of The Northern Coast.

Was there ever a rock band called American Crawl? Methinks not.

But the 1967 World Book Encyclopedia does point out that ‘the American crawl developed from a racing stroke introduced about 1900 by Richard Cavill, an Australian swimmer’.

It also notes that ‘the ability to swim does not come naturally to man, as it does to fishes, frogs and many other animals’.  I can’t argue with that – it still doesn’t come naturally to me, despite the daily dips.

Plenty of cold northerly winds this past week, meaning clear, calm water. And then a ride into the wind to get home.

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