How do you get to swim the English Channel? Practice, practice, practic

The original article by Jocelyn Stone (with picture) on since June 30, 10:02 PM.

Have you ever had a goal that seems completely insurmountable? Maybe you’ve even put it aside because it seems impossible?

Imagine jumping into 60-degree water. Behind you is Dover, England. Ahead of you, 21 miles ahead to be exact, is Cap Gris Nez, France. In 10 to 12 hours (estimated average), after maneuvering strong tides, jellyfish, and garbage, if all the right conditions are in alignment, you will emerge victorious having swum the English Channel.

From nearly drowning to Channel swim

From nearly drowning to Channel swim
Buxton Advertiser - Buxton,England,UK

A CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH woman is preparing to take the plunge by attempting her biggest challenge yet – swimming the English Channel in aid of charity.
Zimbabwe-born Jacqui Smith, 28, of Market Street, is busy training for the gruelling 21-mile swim between Dover and Cap Gris Nez in France, which she hopes to complete in under 14 hours.

A former international swimmer for her native country, Jacqui will be raising money for Wezimbabwe, a small UK-based charity providing education for children in Zimbabwe.

"I'm starting to get excited about the swim. It's been a dread for a long time, but I think I've got to enjoy it," explained Jacqui, who will attempt the swim sometime between July 26 and August 8, depending on weather conditions.

Striving to create waves

The original article by Choi Tuck Wo is posted on The Malaisia Star since Sunday May 31, 2009. 

While Zahra Masoumah Abdul Halim will attempt to swim the English Channel, Dr Lennard Lee is believed to be the first Malaysian, possibly Asian, to take part in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

AS THE media spotlight turned on Zahra Masoumah Abdul Halim’s attempt to conquer the English Channel, another Malaysian veteran swimmer has set his sights on the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

And both the 17-year-old student and Dr Lennard Lee are striving to create waves with their record-breaking feats.

LEN's Position Statement on Technical Swimsuits and

Decades before pool swimming outlawed the wearing of more than one swimsuit in competition, the sport of open water swimming prohibited the use of more than one swimsuit. Now it appears that open water swimming is at the leading edge of today's global debate about the use of technical swimsuits.

Tomorrow's 10K LEN Open Water Swimming Cup in Eilat, Israel is a very important race for a number of reasons. Not only are national governing bodies like British Swimming and Israel Swimming selecting their national teams based on this race, but it is also the last major 10K race before the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome for most of the top athletes.

Natalie Du Toit: 'If I can achieve a dream, then anyone can'

The original article (with picture) by Simon Turnbull is posted on The Independant since Thursday, 21 May 2009.

She lost her leg in a road accident, but went on to swim against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. As she prepares to compete in Manchester, the South African swimmer speaks to Simon Turnbull

In the midst of her busy schedule yesterday – training in the pool from 5am to 7.30am, dashing off urgently afterwards to sort out a temporary passport, grabbing lunch, heading to the gym for an afternoon session, and then training in the pool during the evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Natalie Du Toit found a little room to reflect on her life and times. But ask her to take stock and there's no shortage of material.

Inner thoughts of a Marathon Swimmer

An interview by Steven Munatones of Ned Denison. Both registrated users on this site.

The original article (with pictures) by Steven Munatones is posted on 10k swimmer since May 10, 2009

Ned Denison of Cork Ireland who has completed six swims of at least 16 miles: the English Channel, the Santa Barbara Channel, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Valencia, The Great Island and Lake Zurich. We had time to discuss the unique world of marathon swimming with Ned.

Great Channel Swim cancelled

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on partner site 10kswimmer since May 1, 2009

The rumors that have been floating around the marathon swimming world for the past week are unfortunately true: the Great Channel Swim, scheduled to showcase the world's best marathon swimmers racing across the English Channel, has been cancelled.

Britta Kamrau Discusses Life as Open Water Swimmer

The full article with full video is posted on partnersite swimmingworldmagazine since April 30, 2009

Britta Kamrau, the reigning world champion in the 2K ( 5km) open water swim, talked about how she found open water swimming and why she's training in Mexico. She also talked about her modeling career and how she started posing for photographs. (Watch only Britta Kamrau's interview here.)

Tour d 'Europe swim

Wednesday 18 February 2009
Organizational meeting 1st Leg of the Tour d 'Europe swim  

source: translated with Google. Original with photos at the bottom.

Scilla, 14 February 2009

Was held at the town of Scilla, a fruitful meeting organizational directed towards the implementation of the first stage of the Tour of Europe in Swimming to be made by Salvatore Cimmino, disability swimmer's physical, not new to these companies.

Channel swim hero Capt Webb who met his end at Niagara Falls

The original article (with picture) is posted on Evening Courier on 2009-03-26

CAPTAIN Matthew Webb made history when he became the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875.
Sadly, only eight years later Capt Webb was dead – drowned while attempting a dangerous swim through the Whirlpool Rapids below Niagara Falls.

Mention of this story in the Courier brought a letter from Sandra Whitehead, of Halifax, who recalled the sad aftermath of the Channel hero's death. Mrs Whitehead, of the Hough, Northowram, writes: "Reading about Matthew Webb's death in 1883 brought back to me our family connection.

"As a girl I used to listen to my mother and nan telling me that, some time after Capt Webb's death, the newspapers ran a story of how his two daughters were living in squalor and how they had been left without proper care after their father's death.

The Science of Drafting.... And positioning to win!

The following CONCLUSION was published in the March 7, 2009 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:

In praise of wild swimming

The original article by Margaret McCartney (with pictures) is posted on FT since March 21 2009 00:33

Indoor swimming pools have many attractions. Heated and disinfected water, private changing space, and even the occasional Jacuzzi on the side. So why would anyone want to swim outdoors? Britain’s seas and rivers are often shockingly cold, and they are also inhabited by all manner of incontinent marine life. Add in the constant threat of exposure to chill winds and rain, and you do not have the ideal ingredients for a pleasant swim. Yet I must confess that I share the enthusiasm of the swimmers of Sandycove near Dublin, who are pictured here.

Channel races of the 1970's

The original article (with pictures of the original swims) is posted on 10k swimmer

The Great Channel Swim, one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims, will debut on August 19th this year, but there was another series of English races held 30 years ago that were organized by the Saudi Arabian Swimming Federation with the Channel Swimming Association. The races were sponsored by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz who was a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Apparent shark bite ends Maui man's channel swim

The original article by Brian Perry is posted on Honolulu Advertiser since Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WAILUKU — Something, most likely a cookie-cutter shark, took a bite out of Mike Spalding's left calf Monday night as he was attempting to swim the nearly 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel from the Big Island to Maui.

Cannibals in the Channel


The Discovery Channel produced a fascinating look at Paul Hopfensperger's 13 hour 52 minute crossing of the English Channel in 2007 for a program called The Human Body: Strength - Endurance.

The Discovery Channel described the production as, "Push it to the limit and your body will hit the wall and then start to cannibalise itself..." Paul's charity challenge across the Channel was sponsored and filmed by Dangerous Films Ltd. video-link

(Hoffy is an registered user at . Niek)