Posts Tagged ‘swim the english channel’

Congratulations to Channel swimmer

11/08/2009

Everyclick fundraiser James Salter has succeeded in completing his mammoth fundraising challenge of swimming the English Channel for his charity The Luke Jeffrey Memorial Trust.

James makes it into the record book as fewer than 1000 people have swum the Channel. In comparison, over 3000 people have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

Following an unsuccessful attempt at the end of July, James Salter plunged back into the chilly waters at about 1am on Friday 8th August. He reached the French shore in 16 hours and 17 minutes.

His pilot was Alison Streeter, who ‘did brilliantly’, and who guided James through the difficult currents of the Channel.

James says “The hardest part was being told when I was in French waters, to swim away from the coast as I needed to catch the tide.”

After more than sixteen hours of swimming, James says he ‘felt like hell, but it was fantastic’.


James Salter taking to the waters of the English Channel


France is in sight!


Recuperating and getting in touch with everyone at home

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James to take on a tougher challenge than Everest for local charity

08/07/2009

James Salter, of Cotswold town Bledington, is to take on a challenge tougher than Everest in July – swimming the English Channel.

Less than 1000 people have completed the 21-mile cross-Channel swim whereas over 3000 have conquered the world’s tallest mountain. Captain Mark Webb was the English Channel’s first successful swimmer in 1875 and even now, only one in ten people who train for the crossing will actually complete it.

The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with 600 tankers and 200 ferries crossing it every day. Other problems include debris, jellyfish, currents and tides.

As part of the challenge, James is not allowed to wear anything which aids buoyancy or warmth. He will however be accompanied by a support boat to ensure he stays out of trouble.

James says “When I began my training the temperature of the sea was similar to that of an ice bath.” He has put in many hours of training; this weekend he spent 6 hours in the sea on both Saturday and Sunday. He believes the crossing will take between 14 and 16 hours.

James is putting himself through this very demanding challenge for local charity the Luke Jeffrey Memorial Trust, which is dedicated to promoting water safety and preventing the loss of lives due to Shallow Water Blackout.

The charity was started by Melanie Jeffrey following the loss of her 16-year-old son, a talented county swimmer, to Shallow Water Blackout at his local swimming pool.

She says “Pushing oneself to the extremes of human endurance, to raise funds, and focus minds on the need to observe swimming safety: these attributes send a very powerful message to help endorse the aims of the Luke Jeffrey Memorial Trust.

“In the three years since Luke’s death I have been astounded at the remarkable achievements that individuals are willing to strive towards for the benefit of others, and James is no exception. James has maintained a strict training schedule, suffered illness, held down a demanding full time job as well as cared for his wife and family. I am pleased to announce that sponsorship raised by James’ swim will directly fund the Trust’s annual “Competitive Swimming Day” in October.”

James is not a stranger to this type of challenge. In 2008, he swam the Straights of Gibraltar to raise £5000. He hopes to undertake his epic Channel swim in the week beginning the 12th of July, depending on weather conditions.

To support or sponsor James, please visit his fundraising appeal page – www.everyclick.com/jamessalter