Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) swims

The Sea of Galilee (also known as Kinneret or Lake Tiberias) is a freshwater lake in northeast Israel, between the Golan Heights and the Galilee region of the Jordan Rift Valley. Itzhak Yehezkel was the first to swim the 20.5 km lengthwise axis of the lake in 1944.

Since 2020, Sea of Galilee swims are sanctioned by the Galilee Marathon Swimming Association.

Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) route
Route Swims First Fastest
South - North - South 3 Joe Zemaitis - 2019 Joe Zemaitis - 14:52:00 (2019)
Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 45 Itzhak Yehezkel - 1944 Avishag Turek - 05:34:00 (2021)
Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 23 Itzhak Yehezkel - 1953 Avishag Turek - 05:53:38 (2021)
North - South - North 2 Avishag Turek - 2019 Avishag Turek - 14:54:00 (2019)
West to East 3 Eyal Schachner - 2020 Eyal Schachner - 03:22:00 (2020)
East to West 22 Gal Kohn - 2020 Avishag Turek - 02:52:00 (2020)
East - West - East 1 Avishag Turek - 2021 Avishag Turek - 06:42:00 (2021)




Length

Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
1944 Oct 28 Itzhak Yehezkel Male 22 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 09:44:00
1953 Aug 23 Itzhak Yehezkel Male 30-31 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 10:18:00
1953 Sep 22 Yehuda Shevek Male 22 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:18:30
1953 Oct 29 Oded Paz Male 21 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 07:23:00
1954 Oct 23 Malka Tenenbaum Female 19 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 09:20:40
1954 Oct 23 Edna Borenstein Female 17 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 09:40:00
1955 Oct 9 Itzhak Yehezkel Male 33 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:33:00
1964 Oct 23 Mary Margaret Revell Female 27 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 09:39:10
2005 Sep 2 Alon Peled Male 41-42 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 09:00:00
2005 Sep 2 Elisha Gefen Male 48-49 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 09:00:00
2006 Jul 7 Ram Barkai Male 48 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 07:15:00
2006 Jul 7 Tal Snunit Male 44 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 07:15:00
2006 Jul 7 Adi Parag Male 49-50 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 07:15:00
2009 Sep 2 Bill Welzien Male 59 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 10:25:00
2013 Dec 21 Hadar Aviram Female 38 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 09:30:00
2014 May 16 Yaron Davidi Male 53 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 08:30:00
2014 May 16 Elad Benyamin Male 40 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 08:30:00
2014 Sep 4 Avishag Turek Female 39 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 08:02:00
2014 Sep 4 Theodore Yach Male 56 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 08:02:00
2015 May 26 Yigal Sela Male 63 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 10:15:00
2016 Dec 9 Avishag Turek Female 41 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 07:50:00
2016 Dec 9 Stuart Hacker Male 39 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 07:55:00
2016 Dec 9 Yaron Davidi Male 55 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:23:00
2016 Dec 9 Idit Ron Female 57 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 09:17:00
2016 Dec 9 Gad Benjamin Male 70 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 09:31:00
2017 Feb 24 Avishag Turek Female 41 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:50:00
2017 Jun 29 Avishag Turek Female 42 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:15:00
2017 Jun 29 Guy Cohen Male 52 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:15:00
2018 Apr 20 Avishag Turek Female 43 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 07:02:00
2018 Apr 20 Guy Cohen Male 53 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 07:02:00
2018 Apr 20 Stuart Hacker Male 41 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 07:07:00
2018 Apr 20 Michael Helps Male 52 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 07:07:00
2018 Apr 30 Avishag Turek Female 43 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:46:00
2018 Jun 18 Avishag Turek Female 43 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:47:00
2018 Jun 18 Fabrice Beer-Gabel Male 49 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:47:00
2019 Mar 22 Guy Cohen Male 54 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:40:00
2019 Mar 22 Eyal Schachner Male 48 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:40:00
2019 Mar 29 Avishag Turek Female 44 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 05:50:00
2020 May 12 Avishag Turek Female 45 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 06:19:15
2020 Oct 28 Debbie Sacks Chitiz Female 60 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 08:12:00
2020 Oct 29 Amit Renan Male 51-52 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 10:47:00
2020 Nov 3 Michael Hassoun Male 48-49 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:07:00
2020 Nov 3 Yaron Rosenbaum Male 45-46 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:07:00
2020 Nov 23 Gad Benjamin Male 74 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:58:00
2020 Nov 23 Tzvi Golzman Male 46 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:58:00
2020 Nov 23 Einat Or Female 48-49 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:58:00
2020 Nov 23 Eyal Zeldin Male 58-59 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:58:00
2021 Mar 9 Avishag Turek Female 46 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 05:53:38
2021 Apr 22 Yaron Davidi Male 60 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 09:30:00
2021 Apr 22 Dan Davidi Male 50 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 09:30:00
2021 May 27 Avishag Turek Female 46 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 05:34:00
2021 Oct 6 Yael Friedland Female 36 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:31:00
2021 Oct 26 Avishag Turek Female 46 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:06:00
2022 Apr 3 Attila Mányoki Male 48 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:28:00
2022 Apr 14 Matthew Moseley Male 55 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 07:24:00
2022 Apr 25 Pat Gallant-Charette Female 71 Capernaum (N) to Zemach (S) 20.5 08:22:00
2022 May 12 Thorsten Ullrich-Stegemann Male 56 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:21:00
2022 May 18 Natalia Chuich Female 55 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:53:00
2022 May 25 Debbie Sacks Chitiz Female 62 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:16:00
2022 Jun 15 Shai Mienis Male 48 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:51:00
2022 Sep 20 Sam Whelpton Female 36-37 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:09:00
2022 Oct 3 Yael Friedland Female 36-37 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 11:00:00
2023 Mar 16 Jan Duk Male 41-42 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:46:33
2023 Mar 22 William Smith Male Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 07:42:00
2023 Apr 21 Aryan Singh Dadiala Male 21-22 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:15:00
2023 Apr 24 Ed Riley Male 64 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 06:45:20
2023 Apr 24 Jamie Tout Male 69 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 08:24:20
2023 May 2 Avram Iancu Male 46-47 Zemach (S) to Capernaum (N) 20.5 11:46:51

Two-Way Length

Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
2019 Oct 30 Avishag Turek Female 44 North - South - North 41 14:54:00
2019 Nov 15 Joe Zemaitis Male 39 South - North - South 41 14:52:00
2019 Nov 15 John Zemaitis Male 36 South - North - South 41 14:52:00
2021 Apr 13 Avishag Turek Female 46 North - South - North 41 15:25:00
2022 May 30 Kathleen Wilson Female 58 South - North - South 41 16:45:00

Width

Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
2020 May 31 Eyal Schachner Male 49 West to East 10 03:22:00
2020 May 31 Guy Cohen Male 55 West to East 10 03:22:00
2020 Nov 6 Gal Kohn Male 53-54 East to West 10 04:34:00
2020 Nov 6 Daniel Efrat Male 49-50 East to West 10 04:34:00
2020 Nov 6 Yoav Segal Male 45-46 East to West 10 04:34:00
2020 Nov 6 Rony Gutierrez Male 45-46 East to West 10 04:34:00
2020 Nov 6 Ruvy Alpert Male 47-48 East to West 10 04:34:00
2020 Nov 6 Yaron Nir Male 52-53 East to West 10 04:34:00
2020 Nov 6 Dan Levy Male 44-45 East to West 10 04:34:00
2020 Nov 6 Maya Inbar Female 45-46 East to West 10 05:07:00
2020 Nov 6 Iris Peer Hasid Female 47-48 East to West 10 05:07:00
2020 Nov 6 Ido Shniberg Male 43-44 East to West 10 05:07:00
2020 Nov 6 Tzachi Barak Male 42-43 East to West 10 05:07:00
2020 Nov 6 Avi Levy Male 58-59 East to West 10 05:07:00
2020 Nov 6 Alon Levy Male 53-54 East to West 10 05:07:00
2020 Nov 6 Eduardo Borrotchin Male 44-45 East to West 10 05:07:00
2020 Nov 19 Avishag Turek Female 45 East to West 10 02:52:00
2021 Oct 6 Eyal Philip Male 50 West to East 10 03:46:00
2021 Nov 25 Ran Geva Male 47 East to West 10 04:07:00
2022 Oct 23 Reham Mansour Female 37-38 East to West 10 03:21:00
2022 Oct 23 Dafna Slutzkai Female 52-53 East to West 10 03:21:00
2023 Apr 3 Louise Twining-Ward Female 54 East to West 10 03:23:43
2023 Apr 3 Fabrice Beer-Gabel Male 54 East to West 10 03:23:43
2023 Apr 16 Joshua Silverbeck Male 23 East to West 10 03:46:00
2023 May 10 Dani Rapaport Male 60 East to West 10 04:33:00

Two-Way Width

Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
2021 Nov 27 Avishag Turek Female 46 East - West - East 20 06:42:00

Reviews

Reviewer: William Smith (August 2023)
Swam in 2023 (Finished)
Overall Experience: ★️★️★️★️★️

Pilot: Micky Lyner
Fees: NA
Communication ★️★️★️★️★️
Piloting Skill: ★️★️★️★️★️
Cost/Value: ★️★️★️★️✩️
Comments: "Micky is a local pilot who knows and understands the conditions on Galilee. He has accompanied swimmers and was very supportive. I felt very fortunate to have his experience as a pilot."

Association: Galilee Swimming Association
Fees: NA
Communication ★️★️★️★️★️
Advice & Support: ★️★️★️★️★️
Value: ★️★️★️★️★️
Comments: "The Galilee swimming association were very supportive they provided the observer Gad Benjamin who has previously swum the swim and this gave me confidence. The association is run by long distance swimmers who understand the challenges of long distance swimming and are keen to help swimmers succeed."

General Comments: "As the Galilee swim is 20km and the season is October-March I think the Galilee swim is a great warm up swim for the English Channel. I felt much better prepared in my EC training and this swim gave me something to focus on."


Reviewer: Edward Riley (August 2023)
Swam in 2023 (Finished)
Overall Experience: ★️★️★️★️★️

Pilot: Wakeboard israel/wake up ski school -Lior
Fees: Total $1540usd
Communication ★️★️★️★️✩️
Piloting Skill: ★️★️★️★️★️
Cost/Value: ★️★️★️★️★️
Comments: "Held perfect course from start to finish, was aware of swimmers position vis a vis boat engine fumes and swimmer"

Association: Galilee marathon swimming assoc.
Fees: $210usd for observer and Association
Communication ★️★️★️★️★️
Advice & Support: ★️★️★️★️★️
Value: ★️★️★️★️★️
Comments: "Eyal Schachtner and Guy Cohen run a great, safe and challenging swim."

General Comments: "The Sea of Galilee aka lake kinneret & lake Tiberius was kind to this swimmer in both temperature and temperament but can kick up a storm on a moments notice. My pilot steered straight and true, the observers were knowledgeable and friendly. Overall rate this swim 1st class in every respect. A must do for all Marathon Swimmers."


Reviewer: Guy Cohen (August 2023)
Swam in 2019 (Finished)
Overall Experience: ★️★️★️★️★️

Pilot: Lior Eliyahu, Wake School
Fees: 4500 ILS
Communication ★️★️★️★️★️
Piloting Skill: ★️★️★️★️★️
Cost/Value: ★️★️★️★️★️

Association: Galilee Marathon Swimming Association
Fees: 680 ILS
Communication ★️★️★️★️★️
Advice & Support: ★️★️★️★️★️
Value: ★️★️★️★️★️
Comments: "I am cofounder of GMSA"


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