Wat is ChannelChallenge?

ChannelChallenge is de website die verslag doet van de zwemmers en teams die de ultieme uitdagingen in de zwemsport aandurven. Hat gaat dus om de zwemmer of het estafetteteam die zich aan "de grote oversteek" waagt. ChannelChallenge faciliteert, ondersteunt, helpt en begeleidt. 

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!

The 7 Sins of Swimming

There is no such thing as a perfect swimmer. As swimmers, we sometimes (although rarely) make mistakes. We may DQ, forget our heat and lane, or even accidentally-on-purpose rip our cap at the exact moment a hard set is about to begin.

Mistakes are inevitable and they happen to the best of us. However, there are seven so-called “mistakes” that should never be made, no matter the circumstances. These mistakes can only be referred to as the Seven Sins of Swimming.

Who is the “greatest channel swimmer” of them all?

2021-10-13 - Article by Julian Chrichlow:

Today’s world record breaking 44th channel swim by Chloë McCardel is a phenomenal and super-human achievement by a truly world class athlete. The newsfeeds are rightfully brimming with praise for her achievement in surpassing Alison Streeter’s 26 year record for most crossings, cementing Chloë as one of the greatest ever channel swimmers.

But this does raise the question of how you define the “greatest channel swimmer“: Do you mean the most crossings? Or the fastest crossing? The longest crossing? The most consistency in hitting Cap Gris Nez?

Varne Ridge Channel Swimmers monument vandalized by owner

Sad News....Varne Ridge Holiday Park, Honor Organization, Great Britain, 2015

It was sold in 2021 and all the plaques were removed and lost. Many will feel a big loss.

Six Scilly Swimmers Challenge

Facebook post Mark Ransom (20021-09-18). View the original post to see the pictures!

A few days ago our attempt at a six person relay swim to the Isles of Scilly was almost called off due to stormy weather travelling across the Atlantic and threatening to put a stop to our plans of achieving a world first open water swim. Luckily as the days passed, the forecast started to change for the better and before we knew it we were down in Penzance awaiting the biggest challenge of our lives.

How To Train For Open Water Swimming?

There are innumerable ways to optimally train for an open water swim. Here is a brief how-to of the open water swimming world:

The first step is to ask yourself several questions and determine the answers as specifically as you can:

  1. What type of open water swim do you plan to do?
  2. Where is your open water swim?
  3. What are the expected conditions of your swim?
  4. Can you expect to encounter marine life?
  5. Will you have a support team helping you?
  6. What kind of swim will be do?
  7. Where can you train?
  8. How motivated are you?

History of Channel swimming between Calais and Dover

The first person to swim the English Channel was not Captain Webb. It was an American adventurer called Captain Paul Boyton three months earlier. But because he wore a life preserving inflatable suit he could not be classed as swimming unaided so history now honours Captain Webb as the first.Boyton crossed from Boulogne to Fan Bay, St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, in May 1875, taking 23-and-a-half hours and meeting a porpoise four miles from Dover. Details are in a permanent exhibition recently opened at Dover Museum, charting the history of Channel swimming.

How to Apply Atomic Habits to Outdoor Swimming

A brief guide to James Clear’s Atomic Habits for outdoor swimmers

n Atomic Habits, James Clear explains how progress in anything is made through the accumulation of small gains. In essence, your habits, how you act day to day, determines where you end up. Atomic Habits is a guide to making it easy to adopt and stick to good habits, and eliminate bad ones.

After reading the book recently, I wondered how you might apply James’s ideas to outdoor swimming.

IJsselmeer nu definitief in International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

2020 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Virtual Ceremonies