Today, my crew and I are leaving for New Zealand for an adventure of a lifetime. I would like to thank my stay-at-home crew for their ever loving support....My husband and children are a major part of my success. Their words of encouragement are heartfelt. Also, sending special thanks to my family (mom, brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews)friends and co-workers, too. And, a very special thank you to L.L. Bean for their quality swim wear and clothing. I will be wearing the same BeanSport swim suit for my Cook Strait swim...I've worn this suit for my Strait of Gibraltar, English Channel, Catalina and Tsugaru Strait swim....and it still looks brand new.
And finally, many years ago when my brother Robbie died at such a young age of 34, my youngest child Tom encouraged me to swim the Peaks to Portland as a tribute to Robbie. As many of you know, Robbie had won the Peaks to Portland twice. Tom encouragingly said , "Ma, you can, if you try!". I will be thinking of Robbie when I swim Cook Strait along with all the other people who have inspired me. Robbie's son Chris will be at my side in a small boat. Prior to my swim, Chris will write the name of his dad on my arm, along with my brother Johnny's name. I will be thinking of each one of you and we will cross Cook Strait together.