It is now the 3rd June 2016 and I am sitting here with a week to go until the window …
Early hours of Tuesday morning we all set off from our various parts of the country (Suffolk, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Northumberland) to the Stena ferry at Cairnryan, Scotland.
After a short walk on the beach testing the water and looking for jellyfish we boarded the ferry.
The ferry was a short 2 1/2 hour sail, which gave us plenty of time to look at the North Channel and the route we will be swimming. We also started a jellyfish watch/ count. I was very pleased that whilst there was quite a few, not as many as we had feared!
There was also some interesting information on the boat about the North Channel
Sarah T became famous on the boat and was quizzed by some Canadians about our swim, which really seemed to confuse them!
After such a long day, we arrived at our accommodation around 19:00 after a quick stop of for essentials, to find we have a sea view!
So now we are waiting for our tide window to open on Friday the 21st. The weather is not looking hopeful, and we may not be able to start until Sunday; But as long as we are able to get in before midday next Tuesday, we are still on!
Firstly a big Thank you from all the Ocean Walker Ladies Relay team for all the bids, your support and encouragement will help make this swim happen as the money raised is going directly to help pay for the boat & pilot!
Outlaw Full place – Warren Symonds
Outlaw Half place – Abigail Stratford
Wetsuit, TFN vouchers, bike fit, 2 x zoot trainers & Hi5 nutrition – Ben Terry
Well done to you all, and once again Thank you!
The bids are coming in thick and fast for the fantastic offers that One Step Beyond have pledged to us to enable our swim dream become a reality.
If you want to be part of history, and support this epic swim, email your bid to firstname.lastname@example.org
An enlightening and thought provoking look at the North Channel from our pilot Quinton Nelson with a forward from the legend that is Fergal Sommerville
I’ve only met Quinton Nelson twice. But since each time I spent a good 15 hours on his boat, the beautiful ex-RNLI boat, the Guy And Clare Hunter, I guess that counts for something.
I’ve been (mostly) fortunate enough over the past six years to have met quite a few pilots. Some of them belong to the largest marathon swimming organisations such the CS&PF or the CSA. Others were unaffiliated guides of swimmers on pioneering routes outside the ambit of existing organisations (those type of swims for which the Global Rules of Marathon Swimming were specifically written by The Marathon Swimmers Federation). Regardless of the waters, or their own personality, the country or the number of swimmers they’ve piloted, most share some recognisably similar characteristics.
They harbour (hah) a deep respect for the sea and knowledge of their local waters, a jaundiced view of land-lubber crews and the defining idiocy of swimmers who choose…
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We are proud to announce that our very own coach Adam Walker has been nominated for the Man of the Year by WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Association) 2014. Good Luck Adam!
This is the record of the journey of a few like-minded ladies who were persuaded to attempt to swim across the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland and back again in a relay team. This has never been attempted before and it promises to be a challenge mentally as well as physically.