France

Irvine woman prepares for the swimming challenge of a lifetime

An Irvine woman is taking on one of the most gruelling and iconic swimming challenges later this summer.

Ashleigh Seymour, 36, aims to swim the English Channel to raise money for Safe Passage, a charity that helps child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary in the UK.

Lifelong swimmer Ashleigh plans to take the plunge from Shakespeare Beach and swim the 21 miles to Cap Gris Nez in France next month.

‘Dad has never given up ... neither will I’

When Caroline Connor battles the tides as she attempts to swim the English Channel next week, one man will be on her mind ... her dad.

Caroline, 46, an admin assistant and first aider at Peebles High School, has been inspired by her dad Raymond Currie to take on the gruelling 22-mile challenge, rasing funds for Parkinson’s UK and Diabetes UK.

Steyning woman prepares for English Channel swim, 22 years after 50ft fall from Shoreham Flyover

When Steyning’s Sarah Cotton plunged 50ft from the Shoreham Flyover in 1997, she feared would never walk again after breaking ‘nearly everything from the waist down’.

But the 52-year-old former firefighter refused to accept her fate and after three months in hospital, countless hours of rehabilitation and 22 years of dedication she is preparing to swim the English Channel in an extraordinary reversal of fortunes.

Paola Ruiz Stuns Sharon van Rouwendaal at Open Water Cup

David Aubry improved one position since the first leg of the LEN Open Water Cup: the Frenchman was second in Eilat and now won the race in Brive quite convincingly. Among the women, Spain’s Paola Ruiz stunned the favorites and out-touched Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal to clinch the title.

France Adds 10 Incredible Races to the GSS… Start Packing!

The French Swimming Federation (FFN), the governing body for swimming in France, has added all 10 open water races in the EDF Aqua Challenge to the Global Swim Series.

Pick a date, a spectacular place you’ve always wanted to visit in France, and start packing!  Or better yet… hit them all!

French Open Championship / Combloux International Winter Swimming Cup

Date: 
Friday, 1 February, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, 3 February, 2019 (All day)

French Open Championship / Combloux International Winter Swimming Cup

Fri, 1 Feb 2019 - Sun, 3 Feb 2019

Open Water Swimming Down the Rhône River

Date: 
Sunday, 20 January, 2019 (All day)

On 20th January 2019, swimmers will be crossing Lyon from the Cité Internationale (Pont Poincaré) to Confluence (Pont Raymond Barre) by swimming down the freezing cold Rhône River.

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French-American man abandons attempt to swim Pacific

A French-American man has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean after a storm broke the mainsail of his support ship, organizers said Monday.

Ben Lecomte, who had completed about 1,500 nautical miles (2,780 kilometers) of the 5,000-mile (9,260-kilometer) journey, called the premature end to the swim a deep disappointment.

Frenchman Attempting to Swim Across the Pacific Is Seeing Plastic Every 5 Minutes

Nearly twenty years to the day since embarking on a historic swim across the Atlantic, French swimmer Benoît Lecomte left Choshi, Japan back in June headed toward San Francisco. Already 136 days and over 1,400 nautical miles into what was originally planned to be a 180-day journey, Lecomte hopes to be the first man to successfully swim over 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean, and in the process, he’s raising awareness about plastic pollution.

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