andy’s english channel swim: august 2007

September 5, 2007

Swim update

Filed under: Channel swim 2007 — andy @ 5:43 pm
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lastest pirate ship SMS: "Rough out here. In slack tide – hoping to catch the tide on the up again. GPS = 58 62N  01 40 152E " … Not sure about GPS but guessing that means 50-58-62N so translated into google earth is 50.977N 01.6692E



  1. I think you are amazing Andrew. You are going to do this. Just keep at it, one stroke at a time.

    Comment by Di — September 5, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  2. just keep going…almost there !!!

    Comment by Andrew Chin — September 5, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

  3. All these comments about pain jogged my memory….courtesy of the inimitable Pink Floyd

    “There is no pain you are receding
    A distant ship, smoke on the horizon.
    You are only coming through in waves.
    Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.
    When I was a child I had a fever
    My hands felt just like two balloons.
    Now I’ve got that feeling once again
    I can’t explain you would not understand
    This is not how I am.
    I have become comfortably numb.”

    swim andy swim

    Comment by mark — September 5, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

  4. Nearly there,Andrew! Everyone is watching your progress with great excitement. We are totally in awe of your levels of endurance, both physically and emotionally. I feel quite guilty every time I find myself being distracted during the day, knowing that you can’t allow yourself that luxury! How are you coping, Cecilia? love from, Birgitta, Dieter, Becca Jane, Clara and Inez

    Comment by The Dammanns — September 5, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

  5. Go Andy, just keep swimming! tks to whoever is doing updates,

    Comment by Herda — September 5, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

  6. Oh so close now. All your training will get you there.Karen

    Comment by Karen van Helden — September 5, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

  7. 1 mile to go. Nearly there!

    Di and Dirk

    Comment by Dirk — September 5, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

  8. Wow, you are a star. Awesome achievement. We are all so very proud of you. Viv

    Comment by Viv Williams — September 5, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  9. Go Andy! You’re just about there. What a champion, you will make it.

    Comment by Clive — September 5, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

  10. Hey Andy
    After seeing your swimming videos I have to tell you that your crossing will go down as one of the greatest swims! Only the channel can dish out the aweful “slop” conditions you had to endure. Slop conditions are when the sea forms haystacks of water that has no regularity or conformity and are formed by a mixture of strong currents, ship wakes and wind. Only a long distance swimmer will apprreciate how hard it is to swim in these conditions as you can never glide through the water. Instead, you have to use your legs and arms to balance first before you can pull your stroke. Each stroke is hard work, so how you did it for 14 hours is truly amazing. As Des Renford so aptly said, “Nothing great is easy”. I would like to add “the feeling of achievement is sweet forever” to that saying. Well, well done my friend. Hugh

    Comment by hugh tucker — September 18, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

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