Great Britain /UK

More free advice from Channel pilot Micheal Oram

From an e-mail sent to the channel discussion group on 2009-08-28

Greasing

Firstly the "Channel Grease" formula that used to be supplied and used is
90% lanolin + 10% Vaseline -- heat gently and stir together (do not overheat just enough to allow the two to be mixed together). Defrost setting on the microwave is one method.
You can use any % mix you want that suits your needs and trials.

Setting The Record (9 Days) Straight

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on partnersite 10k Swimmer since Saturday, August 29, 2009

Up to 250 people will take part in the Guinness Book of World Record attempt on September 9th in Camlough Lake in Newry, Northern Ireland to break the existing open water swimming relay record of 480 kilometers (298 miles). The relay members plans to swim 500 kilometers (310 miles), but may go futher if the circumstances (swimmers and conditions) permit.

The Guinness World Record Relay Open Water Swim attempt will be made in a GPS-certified loop course of 750 meters with only one swimmer and a support kayak in the water at one time. When one swimmer completes his or her distance, there is a relay exchange and the next person starts in a continuous rotation until 500 kilometers – or beyond – is reached.

Weather prediction in the Channel

A message from Michael Oram from the CS&PF

Weather links - just a few of the ones we use to try and work out what is going to happen.
Just remember that wave height is not directly related to wind speed and wind direction has a lot to do with the sea conditions.

Coping With Cold-Water Swimming

The original article by Kevin Koskella is posted on competitor.com since July 08 2009.

I’ll be the first to say, I hate the cold! Cold air, and especially cold water. Even after 14 years of competitive swimming, I never once got used to or enjoyed jumping into a cold pool.

These days, I prefer open water swimming to pool swimming, but refuse to get in our local Pacific Ocean until it gets up around 66 degrees or so. Anything below that and I’m known to turn various shades of purple!

Cold water cannot only be unpleasant and draining, but can also be dangerous. A couple of months ago here in Southern California, a swimmer had to be rescued because of the frigid conditions. The point is that it’s always best to do your open water swim training with a partner just in case!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cannibals in the Channel

original: 10kswimmer.com

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.

http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/video/human-body-strength-endurance video-link

(Hoffy is an registered user at openwaterswimming.eu . Niek)

Channel race revived after half a century

The original article by Doug Gillon is posted on The Herald since 2009-02-05

It is one of sport's more exclusive clubs, but there is hardly a queue for membership. Little wonder. You have to smear yourself in various types of noisome grease, and seasickness and being stung by jellyfish are just two of the perks.

We are talking about swimming the Channel, a quaint eccentricity founded by the English. It attained such popularity that it became an annual race, but it has been defunct for 50 years - until today.

It's being revived, with details being announced in London. Eight men and six women, the world's fastest endurance swimmers, will take the plunge at Dover during the spring tide window in mid-August. Two relay teams will compete the next day.

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