August 2015, I'm going to swim across the English Channel!
The English Channel, at its narrowest point, is approximately 21 miles wide. It is a rough, cold, and long swim, known as the Everest of open water swimming. It is a solo effort and not connected to a group event. In order to successfully prepare, travel to Dover, charter a boat, and swim across the channel all the way to France, I am going to a lot of need help!
I've already reached my first fundraising goal of $2,000! Yay! Thank you so much to those that have helped me already! I used that money for the DEPOSIT FEE for the boat & crew, which will guide me safely from the start, in Dover, England; to the finish in Cap Griz Nes, France. So, I have officially booked my slot for August 8th/9th, 2015 with a a Channel Swimming Association pilot. I now have officially secured my slot, non refundable, I'm doing it, no take backs. :)
The next big costs are registration & membership with the CSA (Channel Swimming Association). Also, a deposit is nessessary for my accomodations in Dover since during the channel swimming season, a place to stay is hard to come by. Dover and Folkstone are busy busy with channel swimmers. I will also have to be there for approximately 2 weeks. Why so long? 1 week before the swim dates so I can acclimate to the time change, train in the harbor, and prepare for the big day. I also have to plan for staying longer in case there are poor conditions on my days....if I can wait for a better day within the neap tide, the less chance there is of missing a good day to swim.
The CSA fees cover an official CSA Observer which will accompany the crew on the boat. The Observer will record the official times and make sure I follow all Channel rules.
Total costs cover much more than the actual channel swim. Training swims, training equipment, qualifying swim attempts, travel, FOOD- I'm eating so much more food! Not to mention, all of the cost while I am in England- room & board in England, food, etc. I am also fundraising to help cover the flight and accommodations for my crew. All in all, I will need lots of help to realize my goal.
I am still figure all of this out! It is quite a process! I appreciate any and all support you can give, no matter how small. Thank you so so much!
Learn more about my crazy English Channel swim & training progress on my blog... www.swimkatie.com!
- Katie Pumphrey