Great Britain /UK

Channel Swimmer Michael Reed inducted in ISHOF

2010-11-05 - Ft. Lauderdale USA - The Internatonal Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHoF) has released a press statement with all inductees of 2011.

Sacre Bleu! Channel crossing damned

The original blog by Laura Winter is posted on Rogue Thoughts since Thursday, 4 November 2010

Ferry firm calls for Channel swim restrictions

The original article is posted by Johnny McDevitt on The NewsMixer since 2010/11/01

Charities and swimmers have criticised a ferry company after it called for stronger regulations on cross-Channel swimming because too many people now undertake the feat.

Danish company DFDS, which runs a service between Dover and Dunkirk, wants the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to oversee swims instead of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation and the Channel Swimming Association.

"We are concerned these crossings are unregulated and growing at an expedient rate.

We would like to see it regulated by the MCA," said DFDS passenger director Chris Newey.

Britain considers channel swim ban

The original clip is posted with MP3 on PRI's The World since november 2, 2010

Since the first crossing in 1875, more than a thousand swimmers have made the journey across the English Channel. But on the urging of French coastguard officials, Britain is considering a ban. Anchor Lisa Mullins has details.

French call for ban on Channel swimming

The original article by Jonathan Brown is posted (with picture) on The Independent since Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Armed with little more than a bathing suit, nose plugs and a liberal application of Vaseline, hundreds of cross-Channel swimmers have sought out one of sport's toughest challenge since Captain Matthew Webb first performed the feat in 1875.

More than 1,200 hardy souls have journeyed from all over the world to make the 21-mile crossing between Dover and Cap Gris Nez, near Calais, braving exhaustion, chafing and 100,000-ton container ships in order to achieve their dream. Many more have failed.

Now growing concern over safety and fears of mounting numbers attempting the challenge has led some to call for stricter rules on cross- Channel swimming.

English Channel swimming facing ban?

The original blog by Nicola George is posted (with pictures) on her blog since Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Friends and colleagues texted, emailed, Twittered and Facebooked me on Monday about the BBC’s news that authorities are calling for a ban on English Channel swims. “Dangerous,” they call the swims. Well, yes. Like most extreme sports, Channel swimming isn’t completely predictable, and it’s not something you can do unless your wits are about you. There’s no cotton wool. No bubble-wrap. Not even wetsuits. I doubt we’d want to do it if there was.

Swimming the Channel is an endangered pursuit

Swimming the Channel is an endangered pursuit.
Swimming the Channel is so popular - so why do the French keep threatening to pull the plug on this fashionable challenge?

source: By Neil Tweedie

Captain Matthew Webb relied on port and meat pies to get him across – a more civilised, and British, form of nourishment than the nutrient gels favoured by today’s brand of aquatic masochist. Either way, swimming the English Channel is no picnic. Breaking waves, fog, jellyfish and the insidious, debilitating effects of long-term immersion in cold water make it as much of a trial as ever. And now there is another obstacle to success: the French.

Turbulent waters

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Turbulent waters - Cross-Channel swimmers have become very cross Channel swimmers. The French coastguard has proclaimed that the 140-year-old practice of swimming the narrowest 21-mile stretch dividing England from the Continent should stop on health and safety grounds.

English Channel is safe to swim

The original article by Laurence Cawle is posted (with picture) on EADT24 since Wednesday, 3 November, 2010 12:02 PM

Some of the globe’s finest long-distance swimmers have attempted to cross the 24-mile stretch from Dover to Calais despite its reputation as one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.