Swiming Santa Christmas Swim 2015 with Brendan 20140601_020224.resized

How To: Advice for Christmas or New Year swimming in cold water for beginner or casual open water swimmers – What Would Santa Do?

The weather forecast for 2016 Christmas Day on Ireland’s south coast is not good for casual Christmas swimmers. Storm Barbara will peak on Friday but on Christmas Day will still unveil west-south-west winds of 35 knots (40 miles p.h, 65 kilometers per hour). Most organised swims will be unlikely to go ahead. Wind direction will be better…

Tramore Bay with a camera ... is not Tramore Bay

In The Depths, The Stars

I feel. Shamanistic. I feel. I feel atavistic and pantheistic. I feel touched by what they could have, maybe did call the divine wind. Though only my fingers and eyes move here, a wind, no, a storm is blowing through me. I feel wracked, my soul exposed and blown to shreds. Around my head a cloud…

Scan of London Illustrated News drawing of Captain Webb's first English Channel attempt

Hot Coffee by Moonlight: the Birth of Marathon Swimming. Part 3 – Agnes Beckwith & Captain Webb’s First Channel Attempt

Kathy Watkin’s book The Crossing, (reviewed here), is the only currently available biography of Captain Matthew Webb. It is required reading for any English Channel Aspirant and certainly for anyone interested in the history of the sport of swimming as a whole, not just Channel swimming. Yet those of us who are familiar with detailed accounts of solo swims,…

Screen capture of the scum and villianous characters (customers) in the first Star Wars movie

If Channel Swimming Was Star Wars …

If Channel Swimming was Star Wars… Captain Webb would be Yoda, the ultimate Jedi swimmer. King of the Channel Kevin Murphy would be Luke Skywalker, while Queen of the Channel Alison Streeter would be Princess Leia. Gertrude Ederle might get a spot as Rey but maybe not, because Star Wars was lacking female characters. CS&PF President Nick Adams would be dashing…