6 days in Dover

Yes indeed, I was back in Dover last week once more. It’s over four years since I first visited Dover, and on leaving that first time, I swore I’d never return, and really meant it. I do believe my actual words were, well let’s just leave that. But it’s gotten so I now have to…

Tragic Loss in the English Channel

Tragic Loss in the English Channel Today Dear Swimmers, It is with great sadness the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation confirms the death an Irish swimmer whist attempting a solo crossing of the English Channel early this morning. Páraic Casey from Cork, Ireland began his swim at 9.13am on Saturday morning and was just 1km from the…

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Regular questions about swimming the English Channel

All Channel Swimmers get some or all the same questions, all the time. This is to help with reducing the mystery somewhat. Is it cold? This is the biggest myth. Actually it’s a little understood fact that since the mid Twentieth Century, London’s growing population has increased the heat of the Thames outflow, adding approximately 1.07…

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The English Channel from Space

English Channel addicts will remember last year’s “Channel from an airplane” image. Here’s an improvement on that, the Channel as seen from the International Space Station, the ISS. Click for full fantastic resolution. If you are a Channel swimmer, be awed. I have to admit to having a weird feeling looking at it this way…

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Guest post: Ned Denison on Essential Volunteering to support solo swims and swimmers (with added maths)

Ned Denison is very much the rotational centre of the Sandycove group, and like a really big jellyfish, he has tentacles reaching out all over the world. To best describe Ned’s place, I’m reminded on an explanation by Mick Hurley, husband of English Channel Soloist and four-time Rottnest soloist and Magnificent 7 swimmer Jen Hurley. We…

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Announcing: marathonswimmers.org

Hello friends, future friends, open water swimmers, readers, Aspirants and marathon swimmers! For some time Evan Morrison and some others and myself have been discussing global marathon swimming. Marathon swimming is a tiny but still growing sport. As a group, we wish to see marathon swimming continue to be celebrated and encouraged and confusion with other types…

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How To: Understand Important Factors in Marathon Swim Feeding

Evan did a great 4-part series on open water marathon feeding and nutrition. I’ve covered the possible use of Choline supplementation and I’ve a long-standing request in with a friend for a guest post on the subject of further supplementation. Given some questions that have arisen though, it seems we haven’t covered enough of the…

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First of the Global Tribe of marathon swimmers

There is a shared heritage of our international tribe and this is the man who started it all in 1875. In Dover this statue stands on the prom in front of the ugly flats, facing the sea, about 200 metes beyond Swimmer’s Beach towards the ferry port. Marathon swimming is a heritage and history of triumph…

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2011 CS&PF English Channel End of Season Stats

Released by CS&PF Secretary (& King of the Channel) Kevin Murphy on email (I didn’t see that one first). There were swimmers out only two days ago on the last unbookable tide. Here’s the figures: Total swims: 124 Successful 87 Unsuccessful 37 Percentage of swims (solo and relay) that were successful = 70% Total solos:…

Thanks Google, for fixing my storm videos

Google added Video Stabilization to YouTube, a boon for crap video takers, mobile phones and video shot without benefit of a tripod (all apply to me), (and a frightening indication of just how much CPU processing power they have available). I stabilized both the Shakespeare Beach Storm Force 10 videos and they are much improved. They…

Busy in the Channel today

Busy day in the Channel today

Busy day in the Channel today. Irish/Dublin swimmer Sorcha Barry is out with Neil on Suva (SPOT tracker) since 1am and going well. (Ger Carty from Dublin going tonight). Go Sorcha! EDIT: Sorcha made it yesterday is a great time of 12:15. Well done Channel Swimmer! Aussies Andrew and Paul from SwimSmooth whom we met in…

No. No, you are not

rant/ You are NOT a Channel swimmer until you COMPLETE one. Until then you are an Aspirant. Stop writing English Channel Swimmer or Channel Swimmer on blogs and email signatures when you haven’t swam a metre in the English Channel. Or any Channel. /rant EDIT: this isn’t aimed at people in general, but a couple of specific people.…

Hanging out in Varne

Take an ordinary swimmer. Drop him in Dover. Look who he hangs out with! Left to right, your eponymous writer/swimmer, Shelley Taylor-Smith, seven times World Open Water Champion, five times MIMS winner & record holder and the only woman to ever be World Number One, Inductee of both Swimming & Marathon Hall of Fame, and…