Sisters of Swim English Channel Relay Team

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Sisters of Swim English Channel Relay Team

Well who would've thought a group of folk resident in or rooted from the rolling Yorkshire Dales, would one day be swimming their way across the English Channel....  Most people would just hop on a ferry   A ferry, hmmm sounds a bit too boring for this crew........

Our pilot Paul Foreman, and his boat, The Optimist, are reserved to ensure our safe and successful crossing during the week 22-30 June 2015.  The whippets in the meantime are hoping for a mild winter in 2014 and a scorching 2015 spring - weather gods please be listening!  They are also training hard, and acclimitising (easy in that there Yorkshire) just in case!!

 

Let me introduce you to The Whippets.....

Lucy Mallinson, 33, resident in Grassington – Yorkshire through and through, will take on any outdoor challenge and has competed in many.  Lucy who is often found tumbling across high fences, swinging over ravines and taking part in various Tough Mudder style events, admits to feeling far more at home in the water.

Claire Humphris, 39, resident in Bradley, recently married to Martiin Humphris who between them have four children.  Claire is a keen swimmer/cyclist and Ironman distance triathlete – Claire assures me the channel has always been top of her hit list. Martin an honorary non-swimming team member for his willingness to kayak and support the team whenever possible.   Carine Brosse, 38, also resident in Grassington, by day a multidisciplinary artist and curator.  Formerly from France, Carine says she has always wanted to swim from one base to the other (I'm glad its only France where Carine was raised!). Carine is a swimmer, and a member of Craven Energy Tri Club.   Simon Picking, 40, resident in Gargrave - keen swimmer, triathlete due to become an Ironman this year in Majorca. Simon's 2013 challenge was a 1300 mile bike ride from Brussels to Barcelona for Team Blood Glucose, who work to encourage exercise amonst diabetics. Simon, who is Type1 diabetic, is raising funds this time for Diabetes UK.   Emma Cummings, resident in Helensburgh, formerly from Loftus, Whitby completed the Loch Lomond Relay Swim in 2013, raising almost £7000 for CHAS and setting a BLDSA world record with her team Maids of the Loch, swimming the loch without wetsuits.     Finally, moi, Christine Bradley, resident in Silsden, and teaches swim of all things. A member of Craven Energy Tri Club, and an encouragingly bad influence on the rest of them!!! Two big challenges set in my 49th year (2015) English Channel Relay Swim and an Ironman Triathlon, hopefully somewhere a little warmer than the Channel.    Finally, Paul Foreman, our Pilot Boat Captain and his 3 channel adjudicators on his boat The Optimist. Paul has relayed swimmers for many years successfully across the channel. Paul was chosen from the Channel Swimmers Piloting Federation following on from recommendations given by other channel swimmers. I have spoken with him on the telephone and am confident that his experience and enthusiasm will ensure our success on the day.     A few facts and figures:
  • The channel swim crossing is approximately 21 miles - it is the world's most iconic swim.  An open water swimmers equivalent to climbing Everest!!
  • The first solo crossing was made by Captain Matthew Webb on 24th August 1875 taking 21 hours and 45 mins to complete
  • The fastest relay one-way crossing was done by the American National Team, in just six hours 52 minutes, in 1990.
  • The average relay crossing time is 12 hours, 32 minutes and 49 seconds.
  • Approximately 5856 swimmers have taken part in 851 relay swims, 1426 swimmers have completed a total of 1903 solo swims. and 328 special category swims.
  Channel Swim Dress code:   Flat caps are a definite no no, as are wetsuits, anything neopreny, thermal, flotational - fact is there is a very strict dress code of 1 standard swimsuit (speedos for you Simon!), 1 standard swim cap, and 1 standard pair of swim goggles.... Wowser!!   Of course, you can add goosefat (with the pilot's permission!) messes up the boat you see, and probably your nice cosy dryrobie.     Channel Swim Season:   Runs from beginning of June until September and swims can be tracked live on http://cspf.co.uk/tracking     The Channel Swim:   Whippets will swim in a predetermined sequence, each entering the water on at least 2 occasions - swimming for an hour at a time.  Strict rules and plenty of on board verifiers will ensure that changeovers are done correctly.  Once in the water the swimmer just needs to keep swimming for their allotted time slot.

 

Whats Next:

We will be uploading our progress, and other bits of utterly useless information, and hope that you will enjoy following our progress and tracking us in a year's time when we all live our dream in our voyage to France...

 

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