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Catalina Channel

Catalina Channel

I am most privileged to know two very brave ladies. Robin you met in the last post. Brave lady number two a sufferer of ‘lupus’ has battled magnificently to train incredibly hard during the previous year. Her name Carolyn. She has trained for an English Channel solo and been skins almost ‘year round’ despite her flare ups from her condition and battled on each time. Her relentless determination and smiling face an inspiration. During this journey Carolyn completed a fabulous relay of the Catalina Channel during the summer. She and her team...
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Tahoe Support!

Tahoe Support!

I was privileged to be helping a most courageous lady on the 18th August. Robin attempted to swim the length of Lake Tahoe, California in the USA. The swim is 21 miles long at 6,600′ altitude above sea level and the water temperature was a balmy 18/19C. The swim takes place from the southern shores of Lake Tahoe, to the northern shores with some rather tricky wind conditions. Due to these winds the swim begins at night and finishes the following morning. After a blessing from some visiting Tibetan monks in the car park by the beach.. What were they doing there? We...
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Swimming again!

Swimming again!

This last year and a half has flown by! My previous blog concerned my visit to the Indian villages in Rajasthan benefiting directly from your most generous sponsorship for my Channel swim. Since then I have been busy. I underwent an operation re-attaching 25% of my bicep muscle to my right shoulder which was a product of the last 6 months training and the crossing itself.   I am very happy to report that it went very well and that I started swimming again one month ago. This of course meant 6 months on the ground in ‘rehab’ before I could return to work....
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YOUR MONEY!

YOUR MONEY!

Dear readers… “eh, is anyone left?” Yes… it has been very quiet for a very long time.. I know. After the 24th September 2013, I had a rest. In fact the shoulder injury sustained during the lead up to the big day and subsequently during the crossing still persists. However, here I am again. Here to talk to you once more. Luckily for you the subject is something far more important than my ‘solo efforts’ to swim large expanses of water. I am here to tell you about what your most generous donations are doing! I am eternally grateful and privileged to have been included on a...
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The Final Assault!

The Final Assault!

  Now, where did I leave you? Ah yes, just off the coast of France at Cap Gris Nez lighthouse feeling ‘fresh as a daisy’.. Not! The wheel house door flew open and Reg appeared.. “You are doing okay.. now you need to dig in and.. sprint!” And with that , my pilot went back to the wheel. I knew exactly what he wanted. Four years of preparation, research and training. I had studied many charts and listened to many tales almost exactly the same as mine to this point. This was no surprise to me.. but the question was hanging thick in the afternoon air. ‘How long for?’ I...
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On Our Way..

On Our Way..

We were on our way! Once we left Dover marina we were in the ‘black of night’ travelling underneath the dark menacing presence of the ‘White Cliffs’ to ‘Samphire Hoe’ halfway between Dover and Folkestone. This was the start point according to tidal forecasts and Reg’s knowing wink.   After much debate between the nervous boat crew, Hagar lost the toss and had to ‘grease me up!’ Check my equipment.. steady girls… ‘strobe lights on’, cap and goggles adjusted! I then descended down the steps to the dingy waiting below in the cold night.     Ray, Reg’s brother...
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We have a swim on our hands!

We have a swim on our hands!

  I am absolutely overwhelmed by your following, your messages, good wishes and enthusiasm.. Thank you so much. It is an accomplishment that I truly have not come to terms with at this point and one that I know could not be achieved without my amazing ‘Boat Crew’, your support and the incredible support received from Virgin Atlantic.   I have sat for the past three mornings feeling most moved, having a mug of tea on a bench, on top of the cliffs looking across the water towards France. I realise that something should have been posted shortly afterwards to give...
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The Party is on !

The Party is on !

It’s a ‘Gooooooooooooooooo’ !! Tomorrow morning on the 24th September 2013, at 0215  I will be leaving Dover marina on ‘The Viking Princess’ fishing vessel Commanded by Reg Brickell to attempt my English Channel dream! I wanted you to be the first to know. I cannot begin to tell how much your support and help has meant to me. It truly has moved me to achieve great things which have all added to the necessary building blocks of success for this swim. You can follow me using one of two methods: I will have a ‘personal GPS Spot onboard the...