Tom Blower and the first successful North Channel swim

I came across this gem from 1963 in Sports Illustrated archives a couple of years ago. I’m just going to reprint it. Hey, an easy day, no writing! * From Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland is a fraction under 21 miles. Between the two land masses the sea rages in swollen tides and hungry eddies. Out…

Wayne Soutter’s historic & new North Channel route – Part 2

Part 1. This swim is told from two viewpoints, of both Wayne and his crew chief Paul. Wayne’s is the grey text on the left, Paul Greenhalgh’s text is in green and justified to the right. ******************************************************************* We finally made a GO decision on Thursday evening to swim on Sunday, I booked flight tickets for Saturday, we…

Lower Manhattan from the Staten Island ferry, Battery Park (left) to the Ferry Terminal (right), the first 10 minutes of the course

MIMS 2012 – Part 1 – Three Rivers

New York maps show Manhattan Island plumbing a line from north to south, bounded by three rivers, the East and Harlem rivers circumscribe the east curve of Gotham with the East River swerving out and around lower Manhattan, up through Hell Gate and the confluence of the East and Harlem rivers and the Long Island…

Monthly loneswimmer.com views

Some loneswimmer.com facts as celebration

I started writing this post a few weeks ago when 50,000 pageviews was starting to become visible in the near distance. One of you reading this today will be the official 50,000th person. (I won’t be able to tell which of course). Recently I realised that should be at least 50k. WordPress (the site platform) was…

Sea, land, sun, moon

Circles

The Earth’s equatorial radius is 6,378.1 kilometres. The Sun’s equatorial radius is 6.955×105 km, about 109 times that of Earth. The Moon’s equatorial radius is 1,738.14. Land makes up 29% of the Earth’s surface. From the surface of the Earth, the Sun’s apparent size is 25% that of the Earth, While the Moon’s apparent size is 27%. And…

Donal swimming in front of Brown's Island, Kilfarassey

Project Copper – reflections and debrief

Reflections on Project Copper. I’ve swam about 54,000 metres to cover the 25 kilometre coast, which were swum as a series of out and back swims, so every metre of coast was swam twice. With the experience I’ve gained of the various currents on this stretch of coast, I now know there are longer swims…

The sea, the colours ...

Kilfarassey – a swimmer’s paradise

In 2010 while Channel training I did the majority of my Waterford training at Clonea, trying to eek out some fractional comfort from the average extra 0.25 degree Celsius water temperatures, after spending the previous few years mainly swimming at the Guillamene, where I returned again last winter and this spring and early summer. But…

An Snámh Fada 2011

A last-minute decision was made. What the hell, I might as well do it. It’s the closest swim and the swim run by (one) of my own clubs and at my most regular swimming location. I’d met a few of the club regulars the day before when I made a failed attempt at my own Mo…

Swimming a new location – 1

This is the first post about exploring some new or lesser swum areas along the South East coast. Whiting Bay is on the Dungarvan side, just around the headland from Ferrypoint in Youghal Bay, in Cork. Capel Island is visible in the west, beyond Youghal. Mairead Ní Eidhean swam from there into Youghal some years back, swimming…

The bond of the English Channel

It was difficult to decide what to write about today. Do I pull out a “here’s one I made earlier” post? Do I just write about swimming this week with friend and English Channel Soloist Ciáran Byrne? Finish the Beginish post or something else? It was similar last year after Rob’s EC attempt. I really…

MIMS – best of luck to all today

In a few hours Gábor Molnár and Eddie Irwin and Evan Morrison will be tacking the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. I want to wish all three the best. Here’s Evan’s GPS tracker. Here’s the official NYC Twitter. MIMS is 28 and half miles long around the island. I recommend using Google Earth on Street View…