Just Channel Hopping!

The pirates take to the waves

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17/07/2012 at 08:57

For those of you that might be interested, Long John Silver, In the Blue and myself are attempting to swim across the English Channel as a relay team in the next few days.  We could be going any time from this Thursday until next Thursday depending on the weather.

I'll post when we get the off, and if you want to follow our progress then have a look at http://www.shipais.com/index.php and type 'Pace Arrow' into the ship search.  Click on the boat name and it will take you to a map of where the boat is.  I believe that there is some delay in updating the website so it will probably be an hour or two behind where we actually are.

seren nos    pirate
17/07/2012 at 09:01

Thanks caz...........good luck...........you will be great      hope the tide is kind to you all..........I would love to swim in the channel......but in a wetsuit and i would only want to do about an hour

17/07/2012 at 09:03
Good luck, I'll be back on Thursday , you might even be in the water as we fly over.
17/07/2012 at 09:12

This link might also provide some information btu I can't check it at the moment as there are no boats out.


Pace Arrow doesn't have a dedicated GPS so I will have to find out which one we have on the day.

17/07/2012 at 09:28

Good luck with that SC.  As somebody who can just about manage a length of a 15m pool it's an awesome thing to do in my book. 

17/07/2012 at 09:45

GOOD LUCK!!!! Will be thinking of you!! xxx


17/07/2012 at 10:08

good luck SC - hope you get the right conditions.  I guess you're doing an hour stretch at a time???

one of the guys who works for me has a Channel relay scheduled for 2 weeks time - he's dreading it.  he's a great swimmer but with the cold water he's found staying in difficult as he hasn't got a lot of insulation - he's only managed 45mins max so far.  he's eating like it's going out of fashion to try to lay down a layer of fat but I fear it's not working.  I think he's secretely hoping that the weather will be too rough so they can't go!

17/07/2012 at 10:34

Good Luck SC! I hope that you get through in a decent window and arent left waiting for too long!

17/07/2012 at 11:12

Thanks for the links Caz - we can cyber stalk your progress! Wishing you all the luck in the world - you'll be brilliant

17/07/2012 at 11:18

Go girl, heres hoping for favourable conditions!!

17/07/2012 at 11:32

wow, good luck

17/07/2012 at 11:47

Very best of luck, hope the weather works for you.

Iron Muffin    pirate
17/07/2012 at 12:12

Good luck. Please keep us posted and I look forward to following.

Will do a sun and no wind dance for you

Lee the Pea    pirate
17/07/2012 at 12:15

Good luck Caz, wish you three all the very best.  Can't wait to track your progress xxx

17/07/2012 at 15:31

Oooooo *does nervous excited dance* 

Good luck 

17/07/2012 at 15:44

Have fun.

18/07/2012 at 07:46

Fat Buddha, does he know that he needs to do a 2 hour qualifier before he can be accepted on the team?  He's really going to suffer if he has only done 45 min.

18/07/2012 at 08:01

Good luck and try and enjoy it - I'm sure your all prepared and will have an experience to remember. Just praying for the weather - be nice to have the sun on you!

I'd love to do the channel but that's one challenge I won't consider - I would never cope with the cold without a wetsuit however much I worked at it!

Have fun and take care 

19/07/2012 at 12:05

Just got the call to say that we are going either tonight at midnight, or tomorrow morning at 0900.  I'll try to keep you updated but I probably won't have internet access most of the time.

In the past the GPS tracking has been a bit variable, so don't panic if the boat doesn't seem to move much for several hours.  It doesn't necessarily mean that we are in trouble.

19/07/2012 at 12:15

SC - I think that time qualification varies depending on which Channel swim federation you go with.   tbh - their whole prep has been half arsed imho with too much focus on pool swimming and distance, and not enough on acclimatisation.  he, and the other very good swimmer on the team, are both skinny so they can get the miles in when they are in, but they are going to suffer.   hey ho - their call.

anyhoo - good luck if you go - hope the Channel plays nicely for it.  any idea which beach you're starting from yet??

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