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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...