Count-down to Dr Nic's Channel Swim

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06/07/2004 at 16:38
Many of you know, but equally I guess many don't, that one of our illustrious forumites, Dr Nic, is going to swim the English Channel this summer.

She has a swim window of 23rd - 30th July and could go at any time during this week - weather and sea conditions permitting - and could be asked to start her swim at night. Nic will be ably assisted in her support boat by boyfriend, MMmm Universal Twinkler, Scooter Boy, Petal and a non-forum friend Kate. There is an official Channel Pilot and crew on board as well - someone's got to know what they are doing and, most importantly, where they are going!

Nic has been doing the bulk of her training in Dover Harbour (the home of the Channel Swim Association) since May - without the benefit of a wetsuit! Nic reached a milestone in her training last Sunday with a 6 hour swim (in rough water). This time is almost a pre-requisite for an attempt - so she is well geared up to complete it.

Nic is doing the swim as the result of a lifetime ambition. To get an idea of the task - think of a 23 mile swim (minimum) across the busiest shipping lane in the world in salt water and on the go for a very long time - estimates vary for Nic of between 10 and 18 hours, or possibly longer if conditions worsen, in the water. Nic will have to feed in the water (she is not allowed to even touch the boat) and neither will she have the benefit of a wetsuit to keep warm. She is indeed a complete nutter!!!

Nic is also raising funds for WaterAid as part of her swim - take a look at Dr Nic's Channel Swim . If you want to donate, follow the link on the page.

Wish Nic the best of luck for her swim and hope she gets the right weather conditions for it.
06/07/2004 at 16:43
Go girl!

You're right, FB, she IS a complete nutter!
06/07/2004 at 16:44
Good luck Nic!
06/07/2004 at 16:46

Go for it Nic!
06/07/2004 at 16:47
Bleeding heck girl rather you than me.

Good luck, lets hope you get good weather.
06/07/2004 at 16:47
Go girl:-))
06/07/2004 at 16:48


You still have a couple of weeks in which to eat lard.

Or chocolate if that's more palatable.
06/07/2004 at 16:50
good luck, ya fat ol' bint :)
06/07/2004 at 16:57
I she allowed arm bands?


Joking apart - mega good luck Nic - you're both a nutter and an absolute star :o)
06/07/2004 at 16:58
Good luck Nic
Ultra AJH    pirate
06/07/2004 at 17:01
Flippin eck and wow!

Good luck Dr Nic!!
06/07/2004 at 17:04
Nic..I'm sure you'll do geat...but yer off yer heed!
Calf    pirate
06/07/2004 at 17:11
Geez Nic you've got some balls!

Best of luck!
06/07/2004 at 17:12
Calf... Ok, ok... Just don't tell her boyfriend until afterwards, ok?
06/07/2004 at 17:18
All the best Nicola.

Just remember that, if you decide against it on the morning, you will able to take your pick from the number of us will glady step in and do the job for you....:-)
06/07/2004 at 17:18
Posted on the thread in General but I'll repeat myself here:

Best of luck, Dr Nic! I hope everything goes exactly as you'd like it to.
06/07/2004 at 17:40
Is she there yet?
06/07/2004 at 17:47
Good luck Nic. Look forward to hearing all about it.
06/07/2004 at 18:02

Bloomin heck!!! Best of luck Nic . .
06/07/2004 at 18:17
oh! thanks guys! Sorry I've not been around for a while but Petal said that FB was posting this so I thought I should pop in to see!

Hope everyone's well. I am currently nursing a scabby sore neck sustained whilst turning my head many squillions of times to breathe whilst swim training this weekend.Mmmm! Channel swimming is indeed an attraaaaactive sport!

I feel compelled to point out that Dover Harbour is the home of the CS&PF as well as the CSA who FB mentioned...won't mean much to anyone I think, but there's a big different (politics, yawn!) and I am swimming with the CS&PF who I think are far better....

Nic x
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