Unlucky or deluded? One man’s attempt to swim the Atlantic

One sunny morning last November, Ben Hooper, a 38-year-old former policeman, waded into the Atlantic Ocean from a beach in Dakar, Senegal, and plunged right in. In film of the moment, Hooper appears thick set, almost podgy. He’d spent the past year bulking up and now layers of fat concealed muscle beneath. He wore a sports watch, black goggles provided by a sponsor and a pair of tight blue shorts. The sun had risen early, and by 10.33am, when Hooper entered the water, the ocean temperature had reached 30C, a lukewarm bath. A group of reporters gawked from the shallows. Most of them squinted in the bright light.

Watch Brenda Fisher swim the English Channel in 1951

The Grimsby trawler's daughter not only swam the English Channel in 1951 but also smashed the time set a year earlier by another female swimmer

In August 1951, Brenda Fisher swam the English Channel - breaking the women's world record time for the tremendous endeavour.

The 23-year-old daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper, completed the distance between France and England in a new record women's time of 12 hours 42 minutes; breaking the previous women's record of 13 hours 20 minutes, set by Florence Chadwick in 1950.

What should you do if you spot or get stung by a Portuguese Man O' War?

Recent months have seen lots of Portuguese Man O' War washed up on beaches and spotted at locations across the Channel Islands.

The species look like jellyfish and are usually found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic, however it is believed that the influx in the area is down to strong winds and a change in temperatures.

Swimming’s Effect On the Brain

If there is one thing all swimmers (and ex-swimmers) can agree on it is the addictive nature of swimming. We all crave the smell of chlorine on our skin, the pain of a long, hard set and the adrenaline rush that comes from every race regardless of its result. The fact that so many find it so hard to hang up the goggles is proof enough of this addiction, however very few know why we feel this way. The answer is in science and hormones.

ACNEG looking back on 2017

Now, we say goodbye to the 2017. A year which has certainly been very sad for the family, for the loss of the most important piece of the team, our president Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, after a severe illness. If there is one thing that we are clear, it is that we are going to continue with its purpose, in the service of all swimmers who have a dream to cross the strait of Gibraltar.

The subtle art of warming up

“After drop” is common after swimming in cold water; you get out and feel fine, and then you start to get colder, sometimes growing faint, shivering violently and feeling unwell.

After drop happens because when you swim, your body shuts down circulation to your skin, pooling warm blood in your core. This process helps you stay in the water longer: with reduced circulation to your peripheries skin and sub-cutaneous fat is turned into a thermal layer, similar to a natural wetsuit – hence the wild swimmers’ term bioprene for fat.

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Reminiscences of a BLDSA President (2017)

So, the last BLDSA swim of the season, Lynn Regis, is complete and swim event appearances as BLDSA President have drawn to a close for 2017. Everyone has got home safe n' well and everything else is merely a bonus, if truth be told.

It's hard to believe that one can take up this sport in 2010 (barely being able to swim a mile) then emerge 7 years later as president of the nation's most decorated & prestigous long distance swimming club, the BLDSA. The Association would not be run without the dedication of volunteers and it seemed fitting to do one's duty after 4 years on the committee and the whole swim series under one's budgies. The summer has been a delicate balancing act of juggling 60 hour weeks in the city; becoming an expert on the country's transport network; organising 2 major swims; and meeting loads of new & old inspirational people with the backdrop of some of the most stunning locations the country has to offer.

The Amazing Lifo of Australia's "Million Dollar Mermaid"

The extraordinary Australian woman broke records in the swimming pool before becoming a vaudeville performer, fitness guru and Hollywood actress.

The Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre resides in a large public park in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville, surrounded by a flat grassy expanse dotted with fig trees, Chinese elms and jacarandas. Outside the modern complex, which comprises three pools, Kellerman’s Cafe serves all-day breakfast. A series of plaques and photographs, inscribed with information about the legendary Australian’s life, are attached to a fence near where customers munch on food and sip their coffees.

IJsselmeerschipper werkt website bij

De IJsselmeerschipper/loods die we ik met ChannelChallenge graag gebruik om teams te helpen over het IJsselmeer te komen heeft haar website bijgewerkt. Miloe Blankers heeft aan haar Buitegewoon Zeilen website ook Buitengewoon Zwemmen toegevoegd.

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