Countdown to Dr Nic's Channel Swim

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06/07/2004 at 16:39
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 let's hope she gets the right weather conditions for it.
06/07/2004 at 16:48
Don't forget your Duty Frees. I like Toblerone.

06/07/2004 at 16:51
Good luck, Dr Nic.

I think you're absolutely bonkers but am impressed nonetheless! :-)
06/07/2004 at 16:55
Good luck.

Nutter :-)
06/07/2004 at 17:08
All the best, Dr Nic. I am in absolute awe of you and hope you have a grand time.

FB, will you keep us updated with details on this thread?
06/07/2004 at 17:12

Dr. Nic, take me hat off to ya, girl!!

All the best, and good luck!
06/07/2004 at 17:13

And yes, you are mad!!
06/07/2004 at 17:17
Wow, unworthy I am! All the best Dr NIc!
06/07/2004 at 17:30
Barking, totally barking. :o)

Good luck Dr Nic. I'm sure you'll swim a blinder.

Nessie (can just about swim to save herself)
06/07/2004 at 18:06
Good luck Dr Nic.

There's a small chance I'll be able to wave you on your journey, as I live in Deal.

All the best!

06/07/2004 at 18:19
Not far at all! In fact the aforementioned boyfriend cycles through Deal most Saturdays and Sundays doing tri training whilst I am swimming in Dover.

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone!

If you want personal updates or anything, I am email enabled.

06/07/2004 at 18:35
Good luck!

So how does all that eating while on the go square up to my old mum's advice never to dip so much as a toe in the briny until at least an hour after lunch?!

06/07/2004 at 18:44
It's not so much a roast dinner that I eat, as energy drinks and the occasional bite of banana..! To be honest with you a bit of stomach cramp can be a nice diversion sometimes. Takes your mind off the cold!:-D
06/07/2004 at 20:16
well I don't what to say .... Good Luck Dr Nic :-) are u sure u want to do it ?LOL:-)

Y no wetsuit?
06/07/2004 at 21:07
Won't your passport get soggy ?

06/07/2004 at 21:22
Gosh Dr Nic

Best of luck

How are you coming back?

I just dunno what to say
07/07/2004 at 00:54
Good luck! Rather you than me........
Dubai Dave    pirate
07/07/2004 at 06:43
Go Dr Nic... Truely mad... all the very best.
07/07/2004 at 07:58
The very very best of luck with this immense challenge. I know you are going to succeed - take care and have fun ;0)
mellifera    pirate
07/07/2004 at 08:43
Good for you! You deserve some serious respect. Very best wishes for the preparation.
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