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The English Channel - Het Kanaal

CSA Presentatation & Dinner

For those of you that haven't yet seen the CSA Presentation & Dinner photographs from the 5th November, have a look on the following link:

Howard James swam the English Channel… at night

Fewer people have swum the English Channel than have climbed Mount Everest. In 2016, Howard James completed the swim not once but twice, and both times in nearly freezing water.

At 1am he stepped into the water and began his long swim from England to France, but it was just another step in a longer and more painful journey for James and his wife Esmari: in 2015 they lost their baby daughter, and part of the reason for James's two records was to raise funds for the charity they set up in memory of their daughter, The Alexa Trust.

Voorlichting en training Kanaalzwemmen t.b.v. Zwemanalyse

Date: 
zaterdag, 19 november, 2016 - 13:45 tot 17:00

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Cloe McCardle swims the EC 21 times in memory of Des Renford

#21 all done and dusted in 10hrs29min. My #21 is also my 8th english channel solo this season and the new record for EC swims in one season! That's my EC season complete! Sorry for the delay in updating- after #21 Paul and I had a quick dinner, packed our bags, had a quick nap and then raced to the airport. We have just landed in San Francisco! I had the most AMAZING FINISH for the 21st swim! Monsieur Bouloy (manager of La Sirene - restaurant at the bottom of Cape Griz Net) met me on the beach with CHAMPAGNE!

Kennebunk’s Susan Knight swims her way into the record books in the English Channel.

Long-distance, open-water swimming is a solitary sport — hour after hour, mile after mile of lonely paddling in vast waters. It attracts people possessed of quiet grit, not to mention muscled backs and arms. As Susan Knight nears Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, she’s just finished a 3-mile swim. Still in the water, she moves easily through the sluggish surf, stepping over gentle rollers, her skin glistening and freckled in the morning sun.

Cloe McCardel on verge of Channel swim history

From a near-death experience suffering heat stroke in the burning Caribbean sun to hypothermia after being pulled out of freezing Atlantic waters, Chloe McCardel has suffered for her sport.

And that's before mentioning the savage box jellyfish stings the open-water marathon swimmer endured on a failed attempt at navigating the waters between the US and Cuba.

Swimming in the English Channel at Night - by Nick Adams

Channel Challenge: this article is used with kind permission of Nick Adams. 

Swimming at night can be daunting to even the most experienced open water swimmers. The perceptions that it will be a lot colder, the ‘nasties’ in the water will be able to sneak up on the swimmer with greater ease and ships won’t see you before it’s too late are all myths.

Here are some findings from swimmers once they’ve survived a night swim:

Kevin Murphy on Tapering for the EC

Swimmers question: Do I need to taper for the EC?

Answer by Kevin Murphy:

My advice is to listen to what your body is telling you. As you approach the swim are you training to improve or are you as good as you can be and anything more is simply making you tired.

Personally I tried not to do a long swim (10 or 12 hours) or a back to back (7 hours and 6 hours over two days) during the three weeks prior to a Channel attempt. 

Michael Oram on "why the assesment swims"

Angela & I introduced the idea of an "awareness swim" way back in 1992 when we were Hon Secs for the old CSA. You will see from the swim records that the early 1990's was the beginning of an increase of solo swims and relay swims and a lot of the people applying had little or no open water swimming experience. The number of swimmers new to the port who thought that the Channel was a good starting point demanded that there was some sort of bench mark like other long distance open water swims that were to be tried first and that the English Channel was far from a beginners swim.

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