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 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 the ACCOMODATIONS DEPOSIT and REGISTRATION with the CSA (Channel Swimming Association). A deposit is nessessary for my accomodations in Dover since during the channel swimming season, a place to stay is hard to come by. Busy busy with channel swimmers. I will also have to be there for approximately 2 weeks. 1 week before the swim dates and the several days after so that if there is poor conditions I can wait for a better day within the neap tide.
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, 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 travel costs 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