Swimming the English Channel....how hard can it be?





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Published on May 16, 2012

"It's original name was Oceanus Britannicus; the French call it La Manche; to mariners of the past it was the Narrow Seas; and to the world in general it is The English Channel, except in the lexicon of long-distance swimmers, where it is simply The Channel. The one and only Channel"
The Crossing by Kathy Watson.

The English Channel is the Everest of the long distance swimming world.
In fact fewer people have successfully swam the English Channel since Capt Matthew Webb lead the way for us all in 1875 than have followed in Sir Edmund Hillary's 1953 footsteps to the summit of Everest.

In the summer of 2013 The OMSC English Channel 2013 team will make their own attempt at the crossing.

You can follow the team's progress as we spend the next 15 months training for the swim on two blogs being kept by two of the team members



Training will include acclimatising to the cold water, long distance swims, our official qualification swim, night-time swims and a summer 2012 crossing of the Georgia Strait from Sechelt on the British Columbia mainland to Vancouver Island.

A swim of equal distance to the English Channel itself..


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