Stephen Redmond completes Catalina Channel

He had a tough swim apparently, (those who know of Stephen know those words seem unusual together). Stephen is the first (and only) person to solo Fastnet Lighthouse. Fastnet might mean nothing to you, unless you are a sailor or Irish, but it’s some of the most fearsome open water in Atlantic coastal waters due…

Monday Morning Similarities – Stephen & Lisa

I find a lot of similarity between Stephen Redmond’s fantastic Molokai Channel and Lisa Cummins’s two-way English Channel. Waiting for news and updates all through a Sunday afternoon and night. The trackers working intermittently or not at all, and hoping for more updates from the boat through third parties. The agonising last 10 hours, wondering where they…

Announcing the North Channel Swimming Association

The tenth of November, 2018 sees the launch of the new North Channel Swimming Association, with a public announcement by Channel Swimmer  and inaugural Chairperson Antonio Argules in San Francisco (and here on Loneswimmer). Since before Tom Blower’s first successful North Channel solo in 1947 (previously covered on Loneswimmer here), North Channel swim attempts have been…

Channel & Marathon Swimming articles Index

Apart from some of the How To articles this index includes many of the site’s most popular articles, particularly the long swim reports covering my friends Trent Grimsey, Sylvain Estadieu, Stephen Redmond and Finbarr Hedderman. Thanks once again to those people for allowing me to provide such fascinating first-hand accounts of the largely hidden world of marathon swimming. There are…

Channel and Marathon Swimming Articles Index & adding a Donate option to LoneSwimmer.com, the world’s most popular open water swimming blog

This post arises from the blog’s fifth anniversary in January. Such milestones tend to make one consider various things. One that I have been ruminating on without any conclusions is the history and evolution of the blog and its place in open water swimming. I have recently come to (hesitatingly) accept that LoneSwimmer.com is probably the world’s most…

The loneswimmer autograph book

In 2011 I spent a week in Dover at the end of the season with Lisa Cummins and Kevin Williams, waiting to crew for Kevin William’s Solo. Unfortunately the weather was rubbish, Kevin got weathered out,  and we spent a significant portion of the week in The White Horse, the pub where successful Channel swimmers…

Swimming 2012, continuing the pictorial tour – faces of 2012

The chief inadequacy amongst my many photographic skills is the portrait. In fact I don’t think of them as portraits, but the more prosaic “pictures of people”. I really struggle with them, with imposing on people, especially when I know that it’ll usually be a waste of their time. So I try to grab snapshots…

Swimming Links

Marathonswimmers.org. The only open dedicated forum for marathon swimmers worldwide. Nyad Fact Check site. Dan Slosberg’s comprehensive meta-analysis of the extensive lies Diana Nyad has told over her long duration connected with marathon swimming. Swim Information AIS Dover Dover Harbour Webcam Garrettstown Tide Times (Old Head of Kinsale). Hook Head Lighthouse Webcam facing West. Irish Marine…

Comments on Diana Nyad’s Heat Drip device

I’m writing this because Diana Nyad asked me on Twitter to comment on her blog, after I’d previously commented on Twitter regarding the unveiling of the Heat Drip device being considered for her Cuba to Florida swim. (To be clear, other than that, I have had no contact with Diana Nyad and don’t know her).…

MIMS 2012 – Part 4 – The East and Harlem Rivers

MIMS 2012 – Part 1 – Three Rivers (loneswimmer.com) MIMS 2012 – Part 2 – Race Day (loneswimmer.com) MIMS 2012 – Part 3 – The start and the first hour (loneswimmer.com) For the three people who asked for this, sorry for the delay, it’s been a busy few weeks, Stephen Redmond and Channel swimmers are far more important.…

Two men. Two Channels. Two Heroes

Stephen Redmond today made swimming history by becoming the first person to complete the Ocean’s 7 swim challenge after 12 hours 45 minutes. Around the world thousands were following Steve’s fourth Tsugaru Channel swim to complete the challenge, including a bunch of tense Sandycove swimmers at  Communications Central in Sandycove-on-Sea (aka Dover). And along with…