2017 English Channel swim

Sunday, July 12, 2015

2015 North Channel or Bust

I will be leaving Maine on Friday, July 17th with my crew ( my brother David and sister-in-law Jeannie).  I am extremely fortunate to have them crew for me again. Their knowledge of marathon swimming is undeniably the very best.  My husband, son, and daughter will be cheering for me from home.  I will post updates on my blog when my boat pilot Quinton Nelson will allow my swim to commence. Quinton will monitor the weather and tide charts  Once the swim begins my crew will send updates to my daughter and she will post on my blog and Facebook.  After the swim is complete, I will post more details about my swim within twenty-four hours.  Again, the North Channel is known for its unpredictable weather. Today, Mother Nature reared her ugly head and provided unexpected strong currents pulling a relay team off course. The swim was stopped two miles from the finish.  All swimmers were veteran open water swimmers and proved their open water competency.  In marathon swimming, swimmers understand that Mother Nature plays a vitally important role in the outcome of a swim.  After eighteen years of open water swimming, I have accepted the fact that Mother Nature can surprise a swimmer with near perfect conditions or send the harshest weather possible.  I hope and pray that she will be kind to me on my second attempt of the North Channel.  However, if Mother Nature provides  unsettling conditions , I will accept it and move on to the next swim adventure.  North Channel here I come.....prepared to face one of the most grueling and challenging  swims in the world.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see your updates, you rock! Go get em' tiger! -Annie

docshock said...

I'll be following you from down east. Hoping for fair weather and friendly currents. Your courage inspires us all. -Ellen

Cyndi Kimball said...

Good luck and God Speed in your travels!! We can live vicariously though your adventures!

Paula said...

Mother Nature and I have been talking and kindness is being blown to you, from her and me.
Love,
Paula

Leftmaine said...

David was in my high school class and I just read a note from him telling me where he'll be on Saturday. What excitement for you!! I'll pray for your safety and that you'll be able to endure the water temp.
Cynthia

pat said...

Annie, Thank you for your support. It will be an adventure of a lifetime.

pat said...

Ellen, Thank you for posting. I appreciate your support.

pat said...

Cyndi, It will be an adventure of a lifetime and a swim challenge beyond words. Thank you for posting.

pat said...

Paula, I'm happy that you're telling Mother Nature to be kind to me. Keeping my fingers crossed.

pat said...

Cynthia, I'm looking forward to one of the most challenging swims in the world. My brother David and his wife Jeannie are a fantastic crew. I am very fortunate to have them. Thank you for wishing me luck.

Paula said...

You will probably want to uncross them to swim.