This is an article posted on the CS&PF website >>> here <<<.
Let me introduce us first. Plons is a Master swim club with a gay signature. We stand for “Swimming for Gays, Lesbians and Friends”. We are the oldest gay swim team in our country and have just celebrated our 20th anniversary. Myself (Richard) I have a history of competitive open water swimming dating from 1974. The swimmers saw that I coached several teams successfully across the English Channel (of which one world record - the ladies relay double in 2012). They asked me if they could swim the Channel with me as swimmer and/or coach. The drive was there and I expected most had swimming speed enough. So we set out for an adventure that lasted two years including preparation.