Solo English Channel Swim
I may be having a mid-life crisis. Actually, there's no 'may be' about it!
I was once an orphan. My adoptive parents gave me all the love and support a child could ever dream of. My adoptive dad had a dream. In his retirement he would sail around the Mediterranean, "with my grandchildren diving off the side into the big blue" he would say. Sadly, he never made it to retirement or met his grandchildren. He died in his 50s. Too young. And that dream died too.
I've always dreamed of swimming the English Channel -- they call it the Everest of marathon swimming. So me and my mid-life crisis are seizing the day!
My hope is that I will realise my ambition to drag myself ashore in France having swam 21 miles and, with your support, secure a future for 30 orphans. Please help me raise £8,000 for a wonderful little charity called Orfund. My father-in-law introduced me to Orfund when he was a trustee of theirs. I know that the money raised goes straight to the kids in the form of food, clothing and education.
Solo swim across the English Channel for ORFUND.
After two years of dedicated training I will embark upon a solo English Channel swim. Here are the basic facts:
Date: Between 28 Aug - 4 Sept 2017 (weather dictates start date)
Route: Shakespeare Beach in Dover - Cap Gris Nez, France
Distance: 21 miles / 34 km
Duration: With the right conditions I could do it in under 13 hours but between 14-19 hours is more realistic
Wetsuit: No - not allowed! Swimming costume, hat and goggles only as per the 'Channel Swimming Rules'
Biggest threat: hypothermia
Other threats: shipping, jellyfish, exhaustion, debris, weather, SIPE, abuse from my support team
Goose Fat: NOPE! Channel Swimmers no longer wear goose fat which was thought to protect against the cold. It doesn't. However Vaseline is liberally applied to various bits of the body to help protect against chaffing
Solo? Yes. It will just be me swimming with a qualified pilot (thanks Stuart Gleeson on board Sea Leopard) to guide me across the busiest shipping lane in the world
Help? No physical contact at all. Liquid food is passed via a cup from my support team
Event is completed
with gift aid: £2,780.00
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