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Long-distance, open-water swimming is a solitary sport — hour after hour, mile after mile of lonely paddling in vast waters. It attracts people possessed of quiet grit, not to mention muscled backs and arms. As Susan Knight nears Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, she’s just finished a 3-mile swim. Still in the water, she moves easily through the sluggish surf, stepping over gentle rollers, her skin glistening and freckled in the morning sun.
Read the complete article and see the picture @ Down-Eastandere teams/zwemmersHet Kanaalsolo
Wandratsch talks with long-time professional marathon swimming colleague Shelley Taylor-Smith about the emerging niche in the open water swimming community, The Ice.
read the article and view the interview @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimmingandere teams/zwemmersIce Mile Swimming
Recently, New York Magazine online ran a story titled, "The Obscure Ultra-Endurance Sport Woman Are Quietly Dominating." The big reveal? That in the sport of ultra-endurance swimming, women were quite simply schooling the men. Most notably, the article cited a Swiss study published in 2015 that revealed that in the 87-year span between 1927 and 2014, the fastest women were an average of 52.9 minutes faster than the fastest men. What's more, when they looked at average times across open water swimmers in general, the average woman is faster than the average man.
Read the full article by Stacy T. Sims, PhD of September 15, 2016 @ Rodale Wellnessachtergronden
From a near-death experience suffering heat stroke in the burning Caribbean sun to hypothermia after being pulled out of freezing Atlantic waters, Chloe McCardel has suffered for her sport.
And that's before mentioning the savage box jellyfish stings the open-water marathon swimmer endured on a failed attempt at navigating the waters between the US and Cuba.
Read the full article @ SBS Australiaandere teams/zwemmersHet Kanaalsolo
In 1985, Nature published a paper arguing that women would outrun men in marathons by 2000. Like so many other things that were supposed to happen “in the year 2000,” this prediction never came to fruition. Women’s finishing times were indeed improving rapidly as compared to the rate of men’s improvements, but that was likely because women were so much newer to distance running as compared to men. As science writer Rose Eveleth has explained, that Nature paper “extrapolated linearly from a few points of early data. (Its conclusions are mocked in many entry-level statistics courses.)” In 2016, the fastest men runners are still about 12 percent faster than the fastest women, and most exercise scientists doubt that women will ever outperform men at the elite marathon level.
Read the full article by Melissa Dahl @ Sciene of Usachtergronden
Channel Challenge: this article is used with kind permission of Nick Adams.
Swimming at night can be daunting to even the most experienced open water swimmers. The perceptions that it will be a lot colder, the ‘nasties’ in the water will be able to sneak up on the swimmer with greater ease and ships won’t see you before it’s too late are all myths.
Here are some findings from swimmers once they’ve survived a night swim:
All ships in the Channel have a system on board called AIS (Automatic Identification System). AIS allows boats in the Channel to know the exact position, course, speed, name and destination of all the other boats, and this enables them to stay well out of the way of Channel swimmers, even in the dark. All boat also have radar on board, which yet another means of avoiding collisions in the dark. Just because it is dark, does not increase the chance of a collision.“What is more dangerous at night?”
The only risk that increases in the dark is the landing. A landing in rough weather on the rocks of Cap Gris Nez can be dangerous, so the swimmer must recognise this increased risk, and be far more cautious when landing. The use of a dingy/kayak or safety swimmer (at the discretion of the pilot) can be of great use.
All pilot boats have very powerful spotlights onboard, and they will shine this onto the beach or rocks where they want you to land. Follow this in like a tunnel. With the flashing head lights on the swimmer, and any support swimmer, the boat can see the swimmers easily even during the landing.“What can the swimmer control during a night swim?”
The lights the swimmer wears are pretty much standard, do not experiment in this department; the experimenting has been done for you. What the swimmer does have a say in (to a certain extent), is the amount of light shone on them, and the number of lights turned on. As the swimmer do not hesitate to ask if an extra light can be turned on, or if it is ruining your night vision, the light is turned off.“Do I need different goggles for swimming at night?”
YES – Using uber-cool mirrored goggles that match your hat are fantastic during the day, and look great on photos, but seriously impact the effectiveness of your vision at night. You will find it more mentally taxing to orientate yourself with the boat, spot feeds being offered to you and will not be able to see your support crew moving around on the deck.
At night use clear goggles. Changing to your clear goggles can be done very easily at a dusk feed, and does not take long. Practice doing this whilst treading water during training, preferably when you are cold, so as to simulate conditions on your Channel swim. You do not want to do this for the first time during your swim.LIGHTS YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR SWIM
There are three types of lights that you should pack for your Channel swim. Do not think that you will only swim in the day; you will swim whenever the weather Gods let you.
If you are packing for a relay swim, make sure you have at least two sets of lights. The swimmer on the boat about to take over will need their lights put on them whilst the swimmer should already be wearing a pair.Pencil-Shaped Light Sticks
These light sticks are roughly six inches long, and are powered by three LR44 batteries. The batteries can be orientated either facing up or facing down. This enables you to put the light stick in either flashing or steady-on mode. In flashing mode the batteries last 75 hours, and slightly less in steady-on mode; both ample time to get your swim done.
If there is any chance of swimming in the dark, put them on at the start of the swim and turn them on so that you don’t have to try and do this with hypothermic fingers! This one you put into STEADY-ON MODE. Go for the green version.
Attach it to back of the swimmer, to the trunks for boys and the cross straps for girls. I like to use two large safety pins for added safety. Smaller ones can be fiddly in the dark, and a non-starter if the swimmer has to operate them for some unforeseen reason.
I have not heard of anybody chaffing from the attachment of the light stick to ones arse, so don’t add this to your list of stuff to worry about!
These lights make a MASSIVE difference during a night swim, as they can be seen from up for 5 km away, and make it very easy to spot the swimmer from the boat.
They are powered by two CR2032 batteries and like the light stick above, can be put into either flashing or steady-on modes. This one you put into FLASHING MODE.
This light has a clip that easily attaches to the goggle strap at the back of your head so it can be seen for miles. Click here for to go to the manufactures website for this productChemical Lights (Glow sticks)
Without doubt, these disposable light sticks are nowhere near as effective as the two models above. However you should pack a selection of these for the swim.
These glow sticks create light through a chemical reaction. They last for between 8 and 12 hours once the chemical reaction has been started. To start the chemical reaction you bend the tube until the piece of plastic separating the two chemicals breaks, and they can then mix freely within the tube. A good shake after ‘cracking’ the glow stick gets the two liquids properly mixed.
There is little chance that these will be used on the swimmer, but can be if something goes wrong with the electronic lights.
You must bring safety pins and small pieces of string for each glow stick to attach them to the back of your costume just like the long light stick described earlier.
There are two main uses for these glow sticks during a swim:
Swimmers question: Do I need to taper for the EC?
Answer by Kevin Murphy:
My advice is to listen to what your body is telling you. As you approach the swim are you training to improve or are you as good as you can be and anything more is simply making you tired.
Personally I tried not to do a long swim (10 or 12 hours) or a back to back (7 hours and 6 hours over two days) during the three weeks prior to a Channel attempt.
Sometimes that didn't quite work out but as an example, I swam Lake Tahoe (23miles) then Catalina Channel two weeks later but was at least three hours slower than expected on the Catalina swim.
You could do one six hour swim two weeks before and three or four hours a week before.
During the week immediately prior to your attempt step down from three hours to two hours to one hour then tick over at half an hour a day.
If you are weathered out, on the day you discover that you are going to be delayed for a week or more, do a six hour swim then start the tapering again.
As you say, it's different for everyone and a lot depends on your recovery rate. I know some swimmers who've done six hours training the day before a Channel attempt - and succeeded.
I hope this helps but please do come back to me if you have questions.
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Angela & I introduced the idea of an "awareness swim" way back in 1992 when we were Hon Secs for the old CSA. You will see from the swim records that the early 1990's was the beginning of an increase of solo swims and relay swims and a lot of the people applying had little or no open water swimming experience. The number of swimmers new to the port who thought that the Channel was a good starting point demanded that there was some sort of bench mark like other long distance open water swims that were to be tried first and that the English Channel was far from a beginners swim. We started a list of swims that were a good guideline as to what to expect.
Freda and Alison Streeter ware in the forefront of the training at the time and it became a standard practice for Freda to ask her swimmers to do distance/ time swims in Dover harbour as part of the build up to the Channel crossing event.
When we put together the foundations for the CS&PF in 1998 & 1999 there was also a call for "Duty of Care" and "Risk assessment" to be considered. With both there was a need to identify hazards and make people participating aware. The introduction of assessment swims was the way we chose to do this. Swimmers were advised that they should be doing assessment swims on a regular basis to prepare themselves for the long period of swimming in cold water - 16°C / 18°C for 12 hours plus - for a successful average Channel swim.
The assessment swim has just grown from there but it is still more a part of the "Duty of Care" & "Risk Assessment" factor than a serious swim. Just enough for a swimmer to get a taste of the commitment needed for a Channel crossing, but not enough to be a true training element. If you are serious about making a crossing the you should be doing serious 6 hour training swims as the norm not once the season starts not as the exception.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and to swim the English Channel you need to be an individual - with your own opinion and positive thoughts, plus have the ability to decide what you want to do and how you want to do it. If your method of training suits you then go for it, you do not have to agree or disagree with others, just listen and make your own mind up as to what is your best approach. The points you have put forward will hopefully help others to decide their training decisions I'm sure.
I have been an open water and pool swimmer for the past 57 years (69th birthday in a couple of weeks). I have been a professional, commercial skipper for the past 52 years. I have escorted in excess of 700+ Channel crossings in the 33 years I have been a Channel escort pilot. A few things I can confirm about life are that:
A channel swim is 18+ nautical miles in distance, by the shortest route. Swimming continuously at 1.6 nm (3200 yards - 2960 metres) it will take you over 11.25 hours to complete the swim not including any feeding or stops. 1.6 n.m is a good speed to look at as an average for a crossing. It is often a lot less by the time you reach the French beach. The water temperature during the swim is somewhere between 15 to 18°C, this means the body has to generate heat to keep you warm as well as energy to move you forward. Understand the challenge you are attempting.
From my many years of experience, and much reading, I am led to understand that our body only has a limited amount of storage space for spare energy (calories). It does vary considerably but taking the time to Google the subject and reading the various books / articles the contention is that the average person has around 1600 calories in reserve - an athlete has around 2000. The bodies return absorption rate from feeding is around the 230/250 calories an hour, again it varies slightly from person to person and on the activity. The rate on which the body uses calories when swimming depends on the energy needed to generate heat and to motivate the stroke activity. (It is a little bit more technical than that but this abridged version is just to show a guideline as to what to expect). If a freestyle swimmer doing around 70 strokes a minute uses about 700 calories an hour to keep warm and moving and can only replace the energy used at a rate of 250 an hour then they will run out of their energy stored at about the 5 / 6 hour period.
As an example:- 2000 + (6 hrs @ 250) 1500 = 3500 divide this by (6hours x 700) = 4200 of energy used. The body is a great machine and it does have many other sources of energy supply it can call on like fat and muscle. This however needs to be activated by the mind when you are in the area of negative energy. Your brain and mental system then tells you that you have pushed your limits and it gives you the ability to push forward. A Channel swimmer should get used to hitting these limitations and the mental results they produce to get past the body requesting you to stop and be sensible. Endorphins are the bodies pain killers that help you through this period but they only disguise the pain.
Hence the reason for doing swims in excess of 6 hours on a regular basis so that you understand you are pushing the limits and how it feels to hit that point.
6 hours is somewhere between a half and a third of your swim and it only gets harder from the 6 hours onwards. This is why everyone is told this swim is a mental swim as much as it is a physical one. Like any extreme endurance sport you need to know you are pushing your limits and to understand what happens when you "go the extra mile".
Most of the problems in a Channel swim are in the 6 to 12 hour bracket.
There is the overfeeding, to much input will just lay in your stomach and make you feel uncomfortable.
The lack of correct water intake. Your body needs the correct amount of water to digest the feed. Without water to digest the feed it just gives you a bloated feeling and can make you feel uncomfortable and sick. (Just take more water or a couple of water feeds only).
Feed with the intake at least body temperature. Feeding on cold feed needs calories to heat once that feed is in the body.
Pain is something you have to learn to live with, taking pain killers in advance of pain hides the pain and makes the decision on safety harder.
Mental issues need to be understood in advance, half way through your swim is not the time to have your first mental dilemma.
To me your training is not a "Agree or Disagree" debate - it is a how to best cope with your personal understanding of your abilities and what you are trying to achieve. You train to be as successful as possible, remembering that you are supposed to be enjoying your hobby. You try to understand the parameters you have chosen to work within.
Dreams are made of adrenaline, ego and determination - with an understanding of the reality and the limits you are "hoping" to push through.
One final thought to add to the mixture - depression is something that might rear its ugly head if you are successful. Add your next goal to the equation before you achieve the one you are working on.
Donderdag 25 augustus 2016 is voor Wieteke van den Boogert en haar team (zie foto, v.l.n.r: Jeffrey Siemons, coach Richard Broer, Jan van Buuren, Pierre Mellegers en Helena Mels-Timmermans) een dag om niet gauw te vergeten. Op die dag zwommen ze voor Metakids het kanaal over tussen Engeland en Frankrijk. Een afstand van ruim 33 km, in een tijd van 13 uur en 5 minuten.
lees het hele artikel en bekijk de foto's en video @ MetaKids
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Metakids dankt Wieteke, haar team en alle donateurs voor hun geweldige inzet en steun. Tot nu toe is er meer dan €11.000 opgehaald, fantastisch. Doneren kan nog steeds: http://www.metakids.nl/acties/ecsc-kanaal-zwemtocht.ECSC - Team One80/MetaKidsHet Kanaalestafettewetsuit
Van donderdag op vijdag 25 en 26 augustus is ECSC er in geslaagd om Het Kanaal, het Nauw van Calais zwemmend over te steken. Het team deed de oversteek van Dover naar Escalle in 13 uur De loods was Simon Ellis op de Sea Farer IIDe overtocht werd niet waargenomen mdat de oversteek met Wetsuits was. Neemt niet weg dat de oversteek zwaar werd door de vele kwallen die we tegenkwamen in de schemering en het begin van de nacht. De vreemde knik halverwege is waarschijnlijk ontstaan door de vertraging die we kregen door het kwallenveld.
Let op! Het zijn 66 plaatjes, dus het laden kan even duren.ECSC - Team One80/MetaKidsHet Kanaalestafettewetsuit
Op Youtube verscheen recent het filmpje van de oversteek over Het Kanaal door Sebastiaan Tan:
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Two grandmothers from Poole, who dubbed themselves the Gangsta Grannies, are believed to be the first ever team of two to swim across the Channel - and back again.
Ali Budynkiewicz, 58, and Lisa North, 48, completed their return crossing from Dover to France in just over 31 hours.
They swum two-hour rotation shifts, in a bid to raise money for BCHA (Bournemouth Churches Housing Association) to help the charity support its Bournemouth Refuge.
Read the rest of this article @ BlackMorevale
The other day I was swimming at Shepperton lake when a storm blew in. I saw a flash on the horizon, turned to a nearby swimmer and asked: “was that lightning?”
“Well, I don’t think you got caught by a speed camera,” he replied.
As most of you will know, lightning is supposed to bad for swimmers. Like any responsible venue operator would, the staff at Shepperton evacuated the lake, but it still took me a few anxious minutes to get out, during which time I saw several more lightning strikes. I started trying to figure out the probability of lightning hitting me or the lake, and what the consequences might be if it did.
Read the interesting thoughts by Simon Griffiths @ H2Openachtergronden
Two grandmothers successfully completed a 42-mile English Channel swim to France and back.
Ali Budynkiewicz, 58, and Lisa North, 48, known as the "Gangsta Grannies", entered the water at Samphire Hoe in Dover, Kent, at lunchtime on Wednesday.
read the full article and see the pictures @ BBCandere teams/zwemmersHet Kanaalestafette
Large numbers of people love swimming in the sea, and feel perfectly safe doing so. Yet many of them don't realise just how easy it is to drown when you're having fun on the beach. Most of us assume that alcohol is to blame when tragedies of this kind occur. However, more often than not there is a different cause — rip currents.
read the full article, see the pictures and explanation - and make up your own mind @ BrightSideachtergronden
A woman who recently fell just short of becoming the third person to swim between the Isles of Scilly and Land’s End has spoken about her attempt.
Vicky Miller set off on the 28-mile swim at around 4am on July 17, but was defeated by strong currents less than 2 miles from Land’s End after 17.5 hours in the water.
Vicky, who has previously swum the English channel and North Channel, wrote on social media: “Just over a month ago, I tried unsuccessfully to become the third person to swim the 28 miles between Scilly Isles and Land's End…
“Two of the most memorable, and motivating, things that have been said to me since the swim were from two different Channel swimming friends: ‘The limits of one day are not the limits of another day’ and ‘If you never fail, you haven't tried hard enough’.
“Both of these comments really resonated with me, and comforted me that although I didn't achieve the result I wanted, this is all part and parcel of the tough challenges I choose to attempt. In particular, I like the idea that although (for whatever reason) my limit on 17th July was 17.5 hours and 26 miles, it doesn't mean that next time I can't go longer and further.”
She said that her biggest mistake had been assuming the swim would take between 16 and 18 hours. “I hadn't really contemplated a 20+ hour swim, so when my progress was impacted by strong currents against me, I wasn't mentally prepared for swimming into the night again.”
On whether she will attempt the route again, Vicky said: “I don't have a conclusive answer, at the moment - I don't feel too jilted by the swim, and so I'm not rebooking immediately. I'm definitely planning to set myself a new challenge that pushes me but just working out what to go for.”
She went on to thank her support team, both on land and accompanying boat the Celtic Fox, before concluding: “Despite not touching Land's End, I'm still definitely counting the adventure as another team success.”
Only two people have completed the swim before - Alison Streeter, who swam from Scilly to the mainland in 1998, and Beth French, who did the opposite in 2014.
read more on Scilly Islands swimming @ Scilly Newsandere teams/zwemmersandere overstekensolo
He is an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee, also a committee Member for Santa Barbara Channel Swim Association, Manhattan, the Lee swim, and In Search of Memphre, amongst other things, as he seems to like being on committees. He is also persistently confused by the difference between an email subject line and the body of an email text. It’s not unusual to get an entire illegible paragraph in the subject line.
Read the full article (and see the pictures) with interesting thoughts on crewing and preparing @ LoneSwimmerNed Denisonachtergronden
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Want to swim the English Channel ? Here´s how to start!
The training has been done, the bags are packed, tomorrow I´ll drive to Dover to swim from England to France next week. Here´s a recap of 2 1/2 years of preparation...
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Van dinsdag op woensdag 16 en 17 augustus is Channel Team Wassenaar er in geslaagd om een een recordtijd de lengte van Lac Léman (Meer van Genève te overbruggen. Het team deed de oversteek van Chateau de Chillon bij Villeneuve naar Het strand in Genève in 22 uur, 31 minuten en 02 seconde. De loods was Jacque van de Imagine, een 16 meter lang zeiljacht (Beneteau Oceanis 48). De overtocht werd waargenomen door de Lake Geneva Swimming Association.
Onderstaande foto's zijn door de diverse zwemmers gemaakt. De serie schept de illusie dat er in de nacht niet gezwommen is. Dat is wel het geval. De tocht is 69km en is continu. Met mijn (Richard Broer) camera zijn echter in de nacht geen foto's gemaakt.
Let op! Het zijn 75 plaatjes, dus het laden kan even duren.Channel Team WassenaarLake Geneva/Lac Lémanestafette