Hello! Welcome! And yes! I am “that Wallingford, VT girl who swam the English Channel”. Thanks for visiting my blog!
On September 1, 2014, I became the 466th (ish) woman and the 1502nd (ish) person in the history of the world to swim the English Channel. It took me 17 hours and 39 minutes and the water temperature was approximately 64-62 degrees.
My three part story of the swim can be read here:
To see a video of my swim, you can go here:
If you are interested in some facts, I recommend these websites:
Basically, the English Channel is the body of water separating England and France. At its narrowest point, it is 21 miles across. From the one side, you can, on a clear day, see the other.
But don’t be fooled, guys!
The currents through the Channel are strong, the shipping lanes are busy, the weather is mostly questionable, the water temperatures hover between 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and the conditions, at best, are uncertain.
And I, armed with only my standard swim cap and suit, without any assistance, will swim continuously, fueled by a liquid diet of tasty sludge, until I crossed the entire width of that Channel. I swam until I walked up on that beach on the far side, clear of the water.
Before today, this post always read the following:
“I think it will take me 18 hours. I think I will be a soggy, salt weary mess when I am done. I think it will be awesome. I know that I can do it.”
And did it, I did.