2017 English Channel swim

Friday, March 1, 2019

Results of Cook Strait swim

My swim started from the North Island of New Zealand on a very calm and sunny day.   I felt strong during my 12+ hours of swimming.   I had no doubt that I would finish.   Then Mother Nature provided very powerful currents and wind.   My boat pilot Philip Rush rightfully stopped my swim a few miles from the finish line for safety of  swimmer and crew.   As the zodiac boat got closer to the main boat,  a large wave caused the zodiac boat to crash into the main boat.  The zodiac was damaged and started to sink with Phil, Tom, and myself still in it with all our gear.   We scrambled to the safety of the main boat.   The Zodiac boat was hoisted to the back of the main boat.
  Swimming Cook Strait was quite the adventure even though my swim was a “DNF”.   I will not be returning to attempt again.   I am satisfied with completing six swims of the Oceans Seven.
   I would like to thank my family and friends for words of encouragement and support.  My son Tom was an incredible crew....I greatly appreciate everything he did.   And, thank you to my daughter Sarah for posting updates on Facebook.    My husband Jim is forever encouraging me to reach for my dreams...I can’t thank him enough.
Also, a special thank you to Suzi Boccanfuso for helping me improve my stroke....it worked.  And, finally many thanks to Yoko Aoshima, my best swim buddy ever....she helped to reinforce Suzi’s advice.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

It's a go!

It's a go!   My boat pilot Philip Rush called me moments ago to confirm that the weather pattern has improved.    I will start my swim within the next 12 hours.   If you are living in the Eastern Time Zone, my swim will start around 1pm on Thursday.    In New Zealand (18 hours ahead of EST) my swim will start around 7am on Friday morning.    The tracking link below will be activated 10 minutes prior to the start of my swim.   The link that I posted two weeks ago was deleted.  This SpotTracker will give live updates every 10 minutes.  Also, cookstraitswim.org will have another tracking device activated.   Please visit their website if there is a problem with my tracker. Philip Rush is not only the boat pilot but he is the official of this swim.   My son Tom will be my crew member.
This swim will be an adventure of a lifetime......especially at the age of 68 years and 27 days old.
Many thanks to my family and friends for their encouragement and support.   A special thank you to Suzi Boccanfuso for helping me to improve my stroke technique.  And, a huge thanks to my great friend and swim buddy Yoko Aoshima.
My daughter Sarah will post on Facebook.   She will not be updating my blog because the live tracker will be viewed instead.    Within 24 hours of completion of my Cook Strait, I will post an update regardless of the outcome.  Thank you everyone.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What a surprise!

This morning I received an email from the US Masters Swimmer Magazine stating their newest issue was available online.   I knew that Elaine Howley wrote an article about my swimming endeavors and it would be in their March issue.  What I didn’t know was that I made the cover.  To say the least, I was stunned!  Photographer Gabe Souza took this photo of me at the Casco Bay YMCA.    Many thanks to Elaine Howley for writing a wonderful article.   And, many thanks to US Masters Swimmer Magazine for promoting open water swimming.

Cook Strait update

Due to gale force winds between the North and South Island of New Zealand, my boat pilot Philip Rush has cancelled day #2 of my 5-day slot.  However, extended forecast is promising.  I believe my swim of Cook Strait will start around 1pm on Thursday (Eastern Time Zone).  Because New Zealand is 18 hours ahead of Eastern Time Zone the start time in New Zealand will be around 7am on Friday (NZ Time Zone).  So for my family and friends back home in Maine,  I would start checking the tracking link on Thursday at 1pm.  The Spot Tracker will be activated about 20 minutes prior to the start of my swim.   I will post link tomorrow.   And just a reminder that my tracking device will be on the boat,  I will not be wearing it.   The tracking device will give live updates every 10 minutes.   Thank you everyone for  your words of support.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Windy Wellington

I just got off the phone with my boat pilot Philip Rush and he reported that conditions are not good for a swim tomorrow (Wednesday) due to wind gusts.    However,  the forecast for Thursday and Friday look promising.   I went for a short training swim in Wellington Harbor this morning and water temperature is tolerable at 59 to 61 degrees.   In the meantime, my son and I have been having a relaxful but fun day in Wellington.