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 Channel Swimming Association fees to ensure my swim is official. 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 fundraising covers much more than the actual channel swim. Accomodations in Dover and transportation and flights to England, including for my crew. As well as, bigger training swims, equipment, qualifying swim attempts, and FOOD- I'm eating so much more food! All in all, I will need lots of help to realize my goal.
I am still working hard to 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