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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.

Great Channel Swim cancelled

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on partner site 10kswimmer since May 1, 2009

The rumors that have been floating around the marathon swimming world for the past week are unfortunately true: the Great Channel Swim, scheduled to showcase the world's best marathon swimmers racing across the English Channel, has been cancelled.

Channel swim hero Capt Webb who met his end at Niagara Falls

The original article (with picture) is posted on Evening Courier on 2009-03-26

CAPTAIN Matthew Webb made history when he became the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875.
Sadly, only eight years later Capt Webb was dead – drowned while attempting a dangerous swim through the Whirlpool Rapids below Niagara Falls.

Mention of this story in the Courier brought a letter from Sandra Whitehead, of Halifax, who recalled the sad aftermath of the Channel hero's death. Mrs Whitehead, of the Hough, Northowram, writes: "Reading about Matthew Webb's death in 1883 brought back to me our family connection.

"As a girl I used to listen to my mother and nan telling me that, some time after Capt Webb's death, the newspapers ran a story of how his two daughters were living in squalor and how they had been left without proper care after their father's death.

Channel races of the 1970's

The original article (with pictures of the original swims) is posted on 10k swimmer

The Great Channel Swim, one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims, will debut on August 19th this year, but there was another series of English races held 30 years ago that were organized by the Saudi Arabian Swimming Federation with the Channel Swimming Association. The races were sponsored by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz who was a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Cannibals in the Channel


The Discovery Channel produced a fascinating look at Paul Hopfensperger's 13 hour 52 minute crossing of the English Channel in 2007 for a program called The Human Body: Strength - Endurance.

The Discovery Channel described the production as, "Push it to the limit and your body will hit the wall and then start to cannibalise itself..." Paul's charity challenge across the Channel was sponsored and filmed by Dangerous Films Ltd. video-link

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Channel race revived after half a century

The original article by Doug Gillon is posted on The Herald since 2009-02-05

It is one of sport's more exclusive clubs, but there is hardly a queue for membership. Little wonder. You have to smear yourself in various types of noisome grease, and seasickness and being stung by jellyfish are just two of the perks.

We are talking about swimming the Channel, a quaint eccentricity founded by the English. It attained such popularity that it became an annual race, but it has been defunct for 50 years - until today.

It's being revived, with details being announced in London. Eight men and six women, the world's fastest endurance swimmers, will take the plunge at Dover during the spring tide window in mid-August. Two relay teams will compete the next day.

More Great Channel Swim details

The original article (with pictures) by Steven Munatones is posted on 10k swimmer since 2009-02-03.

Nova International, organizers of major elite and mass participation sporting events, will revive one of the world’s classic races: the Great Channel Swim between England and France.

The roots of modern channel swimming go back to 1875 when Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to successfully swim the channel from England to France in a time of 21 hours and 45 minutes.

In the 1950's, the world's best marathon swimmers were recruited to take part in the first Daily Mail International Cross-Channel Swimming Race. 

Channel swim race planned this summer

The original article (with picture of Kevin Murphy) by Graham Tutthill is posted on Kent Online 1.00am Thursday 5 February 2009.

The Channel swim races of the 1950s are to be revived this year, and it could result in a major boost for Dover's economy.

Nova International, the organisation behind the Great North Run and other prestigious sporting events, has revealed plans for a swimming race this summer involving a limited number of elite swimmers.

With the possibility of some of the top names in open water swimming from around the world coming to Dover, the town could be in for a tourism boost as hundreds of spectators head for the port to watch the event.

Cross-Channel swimming race is back, but this one-arm wonder is a tough act to follow

The original article (with pictures) by

It was 2am and all was dark apart from the glow of a lantern on the rowing boat that was to be Eileen Fenton’s constant companion for the next 15 hours. As she set off on her journey from Cap Gris Nez, near Calais, the water was cold, the air crisp and the challenge substantial.

On that morning in August 1950, Fenton, a 21-year-old religious studies teacher from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, was one of 24 swimmers, a third of them women, taking part in the first cross-Channel swimming race.