August 2015, I'm going to swim across the English Channel!
I have officially booked my slot in August 8th/9th, 2015 with Fred Mardle, a Channel Swimming Association pilot. I now have officially secured my slot, non refundable, I'm doing it, no take backs. :)
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. It is a long, cold swim- one I estimate will take me 12-14 hours in cold water, 57-64 degrees. 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!
Thank you so much to those that have helped me already. I have been truly grateful for the support and encouragement I have received so far, but I still have a ways to go to fund my swim.
Total fundraising covers much more than the actual channel swim costs, which includes registration with the Channel Swimming Association, and the boat which escorts me safely across the channel.
Funding also helps with accomodations in Dover, as well as transportation and flights to England for me and my crew. In addition, funding helps with bigger training swims which require boat rentals, travel, and equipment, and also FOOD- I'm eating so much more food to fuel and to gain nessessary fat for extra warmth. All in all, I will need lots of help to realize my goal.
I appreciate any and all support you can give, no matter how small. I've been training since the summer of 2013 when I said out loud for the first time that I wanted to do this. It's been a long, hard road, both mentally and physically...and the biggest challenges are yet to come. Thank you so so much for any help and suport.
Learn more about my crazy English Channel swim & training progress on my blog... www.swimkatie.com!
- Katie Pumphrey