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The English Channel - Het Kanaal

'Gangsta Grannies' complete double cross-channel swim

Two grandmothers successfully completed a 42-mile English Channel swim to France and back.

Ali Budynkiewicz, 58, and Lisa North, 48, known as the "Gangsta Grannies", entered the water at Samphire Hoe in Dover, Kent, at lunchtime on Wednesday.

Prepare for the EC!

from Big Rick's facebook

Want to swim the English Channel ? Here´s how to start!

The training has been done, the bags are packed, tomorrow I´ll drive to Dover to swim from England to France next week. Here´s a recap of 2 1/2 years of preparation...

Persbericht: Kanaalzwemovertocht door team ECSC voor Metakids en sportiviteit

Het aftellen is begonnen. Tussen 26 en 31 augustus gaat een team van zwemmers uit Vlaardingen en Schiedam de oversteek eindelijk maken. Twee jaar lang hebben ze zich kunnen voorbereiden. Vorig jaar waren ze er nog niet klaar voor en moesten ze de oversteek uitstellen. Dit jaar gaan ze wel. Het team bestaat uit: Wieteke van den Boogert, Jan van Buuren, Jeffrey Siemons, Helena Mels en Pierre Mellegers.

De oversteek gaan plaatsvinden tussen Dover en Frankrijk. Een tocht van hemelsbreed 34 km, maar het kan door stroming oplopen tot heel veel meer!

Voor de oversteek over het kanaal maakt ECSC gebruik van de deskundige begeleiding van een loods, Simon Ellis, en een coach, Richard Broer. Allen zijn gecertificeerd vanuit de Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation in Engeland om de uitdaging zo veilig mogelijk te laten verlopen.

Channel Swim Abandoned Due To Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE)

From te website of "Cold Wet Bloke"

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.

23 things you probably didn't know about swimming across the English Channel

It was 90 years ago today that American swimmer Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

It was her second attempt, after being pulled from the water the first time for “resting, floating face-down” a year earlier, and she became, at 19, the sixth person to swim the 21-and-a-bit miles between England and France.

When Ederle, who set off from Cap Gris Nez, arrived on the beach at Kingsdown, Kent, after choppy waters turned the usual 21 miles into about 35, she was greeted by a customs official who asked to see her passport. When she returned to New York she was met by a ticker-tape parade.

Hommage to Marilynn Bell

Torontonians will know of the name "Marilyn Bell" well as she was the first to swim the 32 miles of Lake Ontario on Sept 9 1954 (21 hours of swimming), the youngest person to swim the 21 miles of the English Channel on July 31 1955 (14.5 hours of swimming) and then the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the Pacific coast in 1956.

Van der Poel zwemt 36 km over zee

VEENENDAAL De afstand tussen Engeland en Frankrijk is over het water hemelsbreed 36 kilometer en als het aan Jan van der Poel ligt gaat hij die afstand zwemmend overbruggen. De droom was het startsein van zijn eigen 'make-over' en inmiddels ziet de Veenendaler geen terugweg meer.

ECSC zwemt Het Kanaal

Date: 
vrijdag, 26 augustus, 2016 (Hele dag) tot dinsdag, 30 augustus, 2016 (Hele dag)

Team ECSC heeft van 26 tot en met 30 augustus een time slot bij Simon Ellis, loods voor CS&PF, om van Engeland (Dover) naar Frankrijk te zwemmen (hopelijk Cap Gris Nez). Het team zwemt ten bate van Metakids. Het team bestaat uit: 

Swim The Channel: the agonies and ecstasies of the ultimate open-water swim

Every weekend from May to September, several dozen scantily clad people gather on a pebble beach at Dover Harbour in Kent armed with flip-flops, fleeces, pots of protective grease and a very specific dream – to get in the water and train for the world’s most esteemed open water swim, the English Channel.

Michael Oram on nutrition during an EC relay

From a long standing point of view as a pilot - just do your normal thing with the foods you like and the foods your body will accept. You are going to be on a slow moving boat that could well be rocking and rolling. Some swimmers just choose not to eat at all. Things like milk and chocolate can be a problem, but they are nice to eat and comforting.

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