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The New Year's Day Dip on Peel Beach, Isle of Man, Great Britain

Friday, 1 January, 2010 (All day)

The New Year';s Day Dip on Peel Beach has been raising money for charity by persuading the brave and the foolhardy to take a quick dip in the Irish Sea for more than 20 years.

There can't be a better way to brace yourself for the year ahead than to wade boldly into the icy January water around the Isle of Man.



Lat., Long. 54.23062, -4.68996

The New Year's Day Dip on Peel Beach has been raising money for charity by persuading the brave and the foolhardy to take a quick dip in the Irish Sea for more than 20 years.

CS&PF: ratified channel swims of 2009


157 solo and relay swim 1-way attempts -- 112 successful swims = 71% success rate
97 x solo 1 -way crossing -- 61 successful + 1 x 2-way successful swim = 63
1- way crossings & 65% success rate
25 x 1- way 6 person standard relays -- 22 successful
30 x 1-way special relays -- 27 successful
58 relays in total -- 52 successful a 90% success rate

SOLO SWIMS E/F      Hrs mins secs

By Way Of The Bristol Channel


Gethin Jones of Swansea became the first person to swim across the Bristol Channel from Ilfracombe to Swansea. The Bristol Channel is an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean that separates Wales from southwest England. Gethin swam 30.5 nautical miles in 21 hours and 39 minutes.

With an English Channel crossing under his belt, Gethin faced a longer distance and the world's second largest tidal variation when crossing the Bristol Channel. "The swim was definitely as tough as I imagined," said the 43=year-old Gethin. "In the end, we weren't sure where we were going to land. I just needed to touch the cliff, but I made the decision to swim that little bit extra in order to come into Caswell Bay, my training beach."

500K, World Record Attempt summary

500K, Day 8, Record Broken

17th September, the existing Guinness Book of World Records open water relay swim record of 480K was broken by the 220-person Camlough Record Breakers in northern Ireland. Local swimming legend Myles McCourt swam the leg which broke the record and Paul McCann then set off to carry on to extend the record. The non-stop relay will continued until this Saturday.

500K, Day 7: 137 Hours Down, 400K Swum, 100K Left

As of Tuesday morning, 137 hours into their world record open water swimming relay attempt, the 220-person team in northern Ireland has covered 400.5K and is scheduled to break the record tomorrow. Relay organizers estimate they will be able to set the record by swimming 650K non-stop over a 9-day period - which will be a very difficult record to break.

500K, Day 6: 113 Hours Down, 328K Swum, 172K Left

As of 11:00 am local time today, the world record attempt at the longest open water swimming relay in history is making significant headway.

685.5K, 10 Days To An Amazing World Record


In picturesque Camlough in northern Ireland, a world open water swimming relay record was set by a group of 220 swimmers after 9 nights and 10 days of non-stop swimming. Officially called the Guinness World Record for Longest Continuous Open Water Relay Swim, the relay took 232 hours 52 minutes and 30 seconds to complete 685.5K (426.5 miles).

The relay easily broke the previously record of 480K.

From the first swimmer, Conor Murphy, who started swimming on September 9th, to the last swimmer, Donna Cooke, who finished on September 19th, the enthusiasm, extensive planning and logistical support was overwhelming.

The idea was the brainchild of local swimming enthusiasts Aoife McCourt-Lynch and Padraig Mallon who worked tirelessly to recruit and then provide the operational support of swimmers of all ages and abilities from across Ireland. Together with the support and involvement of the local community, the 10-day effort was a triumph shared by many.

More free advice from Channel pilot Micheal Oram

From an e-mail sent to the channel discussion group on 2009-08-28


Firstly the "Channel Grease" formula that used to be supplied and used is
90% lanolin + 10% Vaseline -- heat gently and stir together (do not overheat just enough to allow the two to be mixed together). Defrost setting on the microwave is one method.
You can use any % mix you want that suits your needs and trials.

Setting The Record (9 Days) Straight

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on partnersite 10k Swimmer since Saturday, August 29, 2009

Up to 250 people will take part in the Guinness Book of World Record attempt on September 9th in Camlough Lake in Newry, Northern Ireland to break the existing open water swimming relay record of 480 kilometers (298 miles). The relay members plans to swim 500 kilometers (310 miles), but may go futher if the circumstances (swimmers and conditions) permit.

The Guinness World Record Relay Open Water Swim attempt will be made in a GPS-certified loop course of 750 meters with only one swimmer and a support kayak in the water at one time. When one swimmer completes his or her distance, there is a relay exchange and the next person starts in a continuous rotation until 500 kilometers – or beyond – is reached.

Weather prediction in the Channel

A message from Michael Oram from the CS&PF

Weather links - just a few of the ones we use to try and work out what is going to happen.
Just remember that wave height is not directly related to wind speed and wind direction has a lot to do with the sea conditions.

Coping With Cold-Water Swimming

The original article by Kevin Koskella is posted on since July 08 2009.

I’ll be the first to say, I hate the cold! Cold air, and especially cold water. Even after 14 years of competitive swimming, I never once got used to or enjoyed jumping into a cold pool.

These days, I prefer open water swimming to pool swimming, but refuse to get in our local Pacific Ocean until it gets up around 66 degrees or so. Anything below that and I’m known to turn various shades of purple!

Cold water cannot only be unpleasant and draining, but can also be dangerous. A couple of months ago here in Southern California, a swimmer had to be rescued because of the frigid conditions. The point is that it’s always best to do your open water swim training with a partner just in case!

From nearly drowning to Channel swim

From nearly drowning to Channel swim
Buxton Advertiser - Buxton,England,UK

A CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH woman is preparing to take the plunge by attempting her biggest challenge yet – swimming the English Channel in aid of charity.
Zimbabwe-born Jacqui Smith, 28, of Market Street, is busy training for the gruelling 21-mile swim between Dover and Cap Gris Nez in France, which she hopes to complete in under 14 hours.

A former international swimmer for her native country, Jacqui will be raising money for Wezimbabwe, a small UK-based charity providing education for children in Zimbabwe.

"I'm starting to get excited about the swim. It's been a dread for a long time, but I think I've got to enjoy it," explained Jacqui, who will attempt the swim sometime between July 26 and August 8, depending on weather conditions.