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Dissertation research on English Channel swimmers

From an e-mail from the Channel Group:

I am studying psychology at University and I have chosen to do my dissertation on the motivations of English Channel swimmers. I decided on this topic as Channel swimming interests me, I have swum round Jersey myself and done a English Channel relay, one day I would also like to swim the channel.
I am looking for people who are training to swim the English channel, have attempted to swim the English Channel or have successfully completed a channel swim.
If you would be willing to help me out by filling in the questionnaire, it would be greatly appreciated. It won't take you long and you would be doing me a big favour.
This is the link to the questionnaire:

solo Channel swims database

Fellow swimmers:

Thanks to Julian Critchlow's efforts we now have an updated solo Channel swims database on CS&PF website:


We hope it is the most comprehensive list of Channel swims that includes both CSA and CS&PF swimmers. And if you like statistics, we have http://cspf.co.uk/solo-swims-statistics and http://cspf.co.uk/solo-swims-statistics-2 pages to answer all sorts of questions about who was first, last and in-between.

'go For The Gold, Doc'

'go For The Gold, Doc' september 24, 1979 by Ray Kennedy
That was the cry as Doc Counsilman, 58, wavered en route to becoming the oldest English Channel swimmer. He went for it—and he got it

For Reg Brickell, captain of the 50-foot trawler Helen Ann Marie out of Folkestone, the moment was all too familiar. "It's dodgy," he said, casting a worried eye at Jim (Doc) Counsilman, the Indiana swimming coach who was stroking through the water in the 10th hour of his attempt to swim the English Channel. "Right now is when they go a little scatty." Brickell is a 30-year veteran of piloting swimmers through the Channel's treacherous tides. "They start imaginin' they're birds or bloomin' elephants," he went on. "This is when some of 'em take to screamin' at you, beggin' you to haul 'em out of the water."

Indeed, Counsilman seemed to be in trouble. His crawl, which had been holding steady at 64 strokes a minute, had slipped to 57 and his fingers were rigidly spread apart—a sure sign that the dread "channel freeze" was setting in. Worse yet, slapped by a mounting chop and nauseated from swallowing salt water, he seemed disoriented. As dusk descended, he inexplicably veered away from the wind-shield protection of the boat and, caught in a fast-running flood tide, was oblivious to the cries of his supporters aboard the trawler to alter his course.

Jon Erikson's Thoughts 3 Decades Later On The 3-Way Channel Crossing

American Jon Erikson was the first person to complete a three-way crossing of the English Channel in 1981 with a historic 38 hour 27 minute effort. An Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Erikson swam the English Channel in 1969 and a two-way in 1979 with his first leg as the fastest crossing of the year.

The son of the legendary Ted Erikson, the only father-son pair in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, also did many pro marathon swims in Canada, Mexico and Argentina.

3 decades after his unprecedented swim, we caught up with the intrepid adventurer and asked him to take us back to that epic swim in 1981.

solo Channel swims database

Fit For A King, But Not For The Channel Community

When swimmers tackle the 200m butterfly, they must touch each wall with two hands. When swimmers tackle the 1500m freestyle, they must swim 30 laps of a 50m pool. When triathletes tackle the Hawaiian Ironman, they must do so without a wetsuit if the water is warmer than 76.1ºF (24.5ºC).

And so the same concept applies to swimming the English Channel. The English Channel is, as Brittany King said to many media outlets before her attempt, "by no means an easy task. Twenty-two miles in 55ºF (12.7ºC) water without a wetsuit is quite daunting."

King appeared in numerous publications from Shape to Health Fitness Sports Magazine to Fox TV, touting prior to her swim how hard the English Channel is and touting afterwards about her 13 hour 38 minute crossing.

While the media lapped up her exploit and celebrated how the veterinarian was raising money for the Banfield Charitable Trust, she admitted to wearing a wetsuit..........

English Channel star takes aim

by Mark Bode, 2nd Nov 2012

WORLD No.1 marathon swimmer Trent Grimsey has battled adversity to earn the respect of his peers - but it seems Swimming Australia is proving harder to please.

Grimsey, who will today attempt to win his second Eyeline Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim, has accused Swimming Australia of snubbing him because he is an open-water competitor.

The Brisbane-based swimmer has produced his best year in the sport - highlighted by his ascension to the top of the FINA open-water grand prix circuit rankings and his record-breaking English Channel crossing.

In 24-year-old Grimsey, Australia has one of its most accomplished athletes.

Can someone tell Swimming Australia?

Urswick Channel swimmer Rebecca tackles her fifth crossing

Source: NW Evening Mail

LONG distance swimmer Rebecca Lewis managed to tackle her cross-Channel challenge for a fifth time.

The effort makes her the second most successful female British Channel swimmer of all time, behind ‘Queen of the English Channel’ Alison Streeter MBE.

Unfortunately, cold temperatures prevented her from completing her original plan of swimming the English Channel and back again in one session.

Aussie Trent Grimsey sets Channel record

TRENT Grimsey, FINA's top ranked Open Water swimmer, has broken the record for crossing of the English Channel.

The Queenslander began his 34km marathon at Dover in southern England at approximately 9:30am local time Saturday (1830 AEST) and arrived at Cap-Gris-Nez, France in a time of 6 hours 55 minutes flat, breaking Bulgarian Petar Stoychev's record of 6hr 57min 50secs.