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The English Channel - Het Kanaal

Zelf ook zwemmend Het Kanaal, Gibraltar of het IJsselmeer over?

Wie durft de uitdaging aan?
Het Kanaal is dé top-uitdaging in het lange afstandszwemmen. Elke zichzelf respecterende open water zwemmer wil een poging gedaan hebben om in estafette, of zelfs solo, Het Kanaal te bedwingen. De tocht en de weg er naartoe zijn uniek!

Cancer survivor is first person to swim the Channel four times non-stop

American Sarah Thomas, 37, tests limits of endurance by swimming the EC 4 times in 54 hours

An American woman has become the first person to swim the Channel four times non-stop, dedicating her achievement to fellow survivors of breast cancer.

Sarah Thomas, 37, began her marathon feat at 12.07am BST on Sunday morning and finished just over 54 hours later at 6.30am on Tuesday.

Het Kanaal over op je bucketlist

Editie NL wilde wel eens weten waarom het Kanaal overzwemmen op je bucketlist kan staan. Roy Danckaarts en Wendy Dorrestijn van ZwemAnalyse konden dat precies vertellen. Wendy omdat ze haar oversteek in 2020 ook gebruikt om geld in te zamelen voor een PTSS-hulphond.

Roy wilde nog wel kwijt dat het géén stoer verhaal voor op feestjes is. "De meeste mensen hebben toch zoiets van, waarom zou je zwemmen als er ook een veerboot gaat?"

Lisa Dreesens volbrengt heroïsche zwemtocht over het Kanaal

Even na middernacht, van zondag op maandag, heeft Lisa Dreesens uit Venray haar zwemtocht over het Kanaal volbracht. De 27-jarige Limburgse deed tien uur en twintig minuten over haar heroïsche oversteek van het Engelse Dover naar het Franse Cap Gris Nez, vlakbij Calais.

Slechts 22 Nederlandse zwemmers slaagden er eerder ook in om de overkant te halen in de 144-jarige geschiedenis van het Kanaalzwemmen.

Zowel International SOS als Zeeleeuwen onverrichterzaken naar huis

De beide teams die ChannelChallenge zou begeleiden over Het Kanaal hebben lang gewacht op een mogelijk moment voor een oversteek.

Team International SOS has a training in Folkstone

2019-07-17 - Folkstone - The team of Interntional SOS employees are ready to go! When travelling towards Dover it was likely to have them swim tonight. The weather has however changed. The swim is postponed to Thursday and finish on Friday.

This leaves the opportunity to have an extra training. They swam at leasurly pace for some time to a bouy that is layin in front of the hotel and returned to shore. The water was very agreable with 17,9C. The current was not. It took some effort to get from the bouy back to the spot on the beach where we left.The swim was verynice indeed!

Brisbane teenager swims across English Channel twice, loses layer of tongue

A Brisbane teenager has become the second-youngest person to swim the English Channel twice in one day, swimming 68 kilometres in 22 hours to make it happen.

Brianna Thompson, 17, lost a layer of her tongue and suffered from severe leg cramps and jellyfish stings in the swim from England to France and back — a feat of endurance only achieved by 20 others.

Marcy MacDonald, ISHOF Honoree, Completes 17th Crossing of English Channel

2019 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer, Marcy MacDonald completed her 17th crossing of the English Channel on Saturday, July 6th, 2019, on the 25th anniversary of her very first crossing. MacDonald wrote this to family, friends and supporters after her swim:

“Greetings from Dover! I am enjoying a day by the sea with a few muscle aches after yesterday. I’m over the multiple jellyfish zaps but I am happy to say I will be able to swim another day. The next stop is in Bridgeport, CT for the Swim Across the Sound. I’ll be doing a 2-person relay with my childhood team mate, Geoffrey Michaud. Both of us grew up on the Manchester Rec Swim team.

Strokes of genius: swimmers’ guide to the UK coast

Rowan Clarke on Clevedon, Somerset

As an outdoor swimmer and swimming coach, Rowan is often found on the side of Clevedon Marine Lake giving guidance to all ability levels. She is on the Board of Trustees for Marlens, the charity that looks after the Marine Lake and a member of the South West Seals winter swimmers.

Channel Swim Abandoned Due To SIPE 2nd August 2016

Well that didn't go to plan. Instead of recovering from a celebratory Babycham in the White Horse in Dover I found myself in a hospital bed in Ashford on Sunday morning. My attempt to swim the English Channel was foiled in French inshore waters by Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE). I'd been airlifted from my support boat and was in a resuss bed.

The First 11 Hours

I started my Channel swim just after 7am on Saturday morning. The training had been done, it was a beautiful morning and weather was forecast to be improving. I had the pilot and crew that I wanted. I was raring to go. I was greased up in the mixture of sun cream and udder cream which it’s basically a mix of Vaseline and lanolin (good for cows and Channel swimmers and even better for Channel swimming cows). Over the side and a short swim to the beach at Samphire Hoe for the official start. A few Pilates moves on the beach and some wise motivational words to myself about not stopping until I hit France and I was off.

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