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The English Channel - Het Kanaal

Amputees SWAM across the CHANNEL to raise money for limbless veterans

They left Dover on a crisp September morning and made history 12 hours and 14 minutes later when they set landed on the beach at Cap Gris Nez in France.

As our video shows, Jamie Gillespie, 40,  Conrad Thorpe, 51,  Craig Howarth, 47, and Steve White, 50,  did not find the challenge easy but they persevered because they were also raising more than £3,500 for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans charity.

Now they have been nominated in the People's Choice category at the Soldiering On Awards 2016.

Under Channel Swimming Association rules, they were not allowed to wear wet suits or prosthetics.

How an 11-year-old came to swim the Channel

At the age of 11, Tom Gregory became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel, driven on by an extraordinary coach. It's a little-heralded feat of endurance that won't be bettered.

It was 05:00 on 6 September 1988 and Tom Gregory stood on the tip of France. Behind him was his coach, John Bullet. In front of him was the vast, black, English Channel. Tom, in swimming trunks, faced the water. Out there, somewhere, was home.

Aspire celebrates seven years of open water swimming

Source: Aspire.

On Saturday 14th November 2015, Aspire held its annual Swimming Celebration Dinner at the Hilton in Watford to thank and celebrate the amazing fundraisers who have swum for the charity over the years.

How long do people have to train to swim the English Channel?

Op de website van H2Open vond ik dit lezenswaardige bericht van Simon Griffith:

I was asked this question through the website Quora, and this is the answer I gave. If anyone who has swum the Channel wants to add anything, please leave a comment or send a message through our contacts page.

Not having swum the English Channel I don’t feel fully qualified to answer but I’m happy to share what I’ve learnt and observed in five years of publishing H2Open. The longest open water swim I’ve done is the 10.5-mile length of Windermere.

Kanaalzwemmen in 1950

Na een tip van Bryan Finlay vond ik deze film op youtube over het Kanaalzwemmen in 1950. Het betreft de Butlins race. In die tijd was er jaarlijks een wedstrijd wie het eerste over het kanaal kon zwemmen. De start was in Frankrijk.

How this 64-year-old lawyer broke a world record swimming the English Channel

In the half-light of an early September morning, Jim Clifford was conspicuous on the rear deck of Anastasia as the 42-foot cruiser idled off Dover’s Shakespeare Beach Five of us fought the chill air with wool caps, hoodies and multiple layers. Jim wore Speedo trunks, a latex swimming cap festooned with shamrocks, and some home-blended goop to prevent chafing of his neck and armpits from the 40,000 overhand strokes it would take to swim the 21 miles across the English Channel. Despite a summer of grueling cold-water swims to prepare, Jim hesitated when it was time to jump in the cold water.

A mighty Girl

Gertrude Ederle -- who as a 19-year-old became the first woman to successfully swim the English Channel and set a new world record for the fastest swim -- was born in 1905. Growing up in New York City, Ederle began her training as a competitive swimmer at the time when women's swimming was becoming increasingly popular, in part due to the streamlining of the women's swimsuit which made swimming easier.

Cijfers Kanaalzwemmen 2015

Het 2015 Kanaal seizoen is beëindigd en allerlei interessante statistieken kunnen eruit afgeleid worden.


English Channel Swim - Why don't they swim in a straight line?

A visualisation to show the effects of the Dover Straight sea currents on the path of a 15 hour English Channel Solo Swim.

Michael Oram on the need for assessment swims

The assessment swims are there to help the swimmer understand themselves and what sort of conditions and extremes they will have to contend with on their Channel swim. The idea was to give you a introduction to what you have taken on - and doing them in a pool was not in the committee members minds when we put them into practice. They are there as part of the risk assessment and Duty of Care and are the minimal sessions you should be doing:- and you should be doing a lot of them - not 1 to comply with the guidelines.

Personally - as a pilot and a swimmer - I think:-