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ENGLISH CHANNEL WINTER RELAY RACE 2024

WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

Two teams comprising elite endurance swimmers are poised to etch their names in history by embarking on a groundbreaking journey across the English Channel. They aim not only to set new records, previously unattempted, but also  raise crucial funds and awareness for the Power of One.
 
The weight of witnessing animal suffering bears heavily on the heart, often overshadowed by the looming specter of financial strain. However, by unmasking these silent struggles, we have the power to acknowledge the emotional toll and the financial burdens. We have the power to effect change in their lives.
 
Choose to see, choose to change.

Please give what you can and thank you for your support.

Prepare for a historic feat as two teams of elite endurance swimmers set their sights on a monumental challenge: The English Channel Winter Relay Race 2024.

Their mission isn’t just about rewriting records; it’s about rallying support for the Power of One, raising awareness and vital funds for our mission.

These teams are gearing up for an extraordinary undertaking, aiming to achieve several unprecedented milestones:

  • First Mixed (Women V Men) Team
  • First Mixed-Ability Team
  • First Competitive Relay Race in the Winter Months

Support isn’t a luxury for those devoted to animal rescue—it’s a lifeline. The emotional toll of witnessing animal suffering is profound, often overshadowed by financial constraints. Every participant is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, advocating for well-being, and inspiring those facing challenges to seek help and find inner peace through effective coping strategies.

The English Channel, renowned as the ultimate long-distance challenge, presents unique demands. It’s not just the distance; it’s the ever-changing conditions, particularly in winter. From calm waters to fierce winds and towering waves exceeding 2 meters, the variability is staggering.

Bitterly cold waters, powerful currents, encounters with jellyfish, seaweed, and debris further intensify the challenge. Add to that the constant navigation through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, bustling with hundreds of tankers and ferries daily.

Channel swimming is not for the faint-hearted. But beyond the sheer physical feat lies something truly exceptional.

These swimmers embody extraordinary determination, setting an example that can impact lives. Their extreme sport has a unique allure, but the lessons they offer go beyond comprehension.

Their resilience and unwavering resolve against adversity teach invaluable lessons, especially in navigating mental health challenges.

They possess an unparalleled drive, courage, and integrity—a testament to the elite long-distance swimmer’s mindset. Their motivation radiates an aura of incredible strength and purpose, serving as inspiration for mental fortitude in our own lives.

The animal welfare community epitomizes values worth championing in our society. Your support fuels rescue shelters, offering the recognition, respect, and resources necessary for their life-saving endeavours.

Please give what you can and thank you for your support.

route & preparation

Dover to France (Cap Gris-Nez)
1 hour rotation of swimmers under CSPF channel rules.
Approx water temperatures 7-9c.
Air temperatures unknown.
Each team will have a qualified experienced cold water Paramedic & 1 x experienced crew.
Each team member has completed a very high qualification requirement Ger Kennedy has set: 3 x 1 hour swims in 8c or lower over 7 hours (some were 6c to 7.5c) - A massive achievement alone but only a qualifier to get to the cold water endurance required for this extreme winter relay race.

route & preparation

Dover to France (Cap Gris-Nez)
1 hour rotation of swimmers under CSPF channel rules.
Approx water temperatures 7-9c.
Air temperatures unknown.
Each team will have a qualified experienced cold water Paramedic & 1 x experienced crew.
Each team member has completed a very high qualification requirement Ger Kennedy has set: 3 x 1 hour swims in 8c or lower over 7 hours (some were 6c to 7.5c) - A massive achievement alone but only a qualifier to get to the cold water endurance required for this extreme winter relay race.

Please give what you can and thank you for your support.

world record #1

FIRST 5-person winter relay across the channel

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WORLD RECORD #2

FIRST Race across the channel by 2 teams of 5 person

WORLD RECORD #3

FIRST Race across the channel in winter by team of Men v Women ​

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WORLD RECORD #4

FIRST ever channel relay race in the winter

WORLD RECORD #5

Another race will follow featuring the FIRST 5-person mixed team

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IT IS DEFINITELY A 1ST IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL!

OFFICIATORS

This swim will be Independently Observed by The Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation (CS&PF) who have achieved worldwide recognition as a club able to facilitate and adjudicate attempts for its members to swim across the English Channel under the rules of English Channel swimming.

NO WETSUITS

Swimmers must only wear one pair of togs, goggles and one swim cap. Wetsuits are not allowed. Each relay swimmer begins behind the previous one in the water as they make their way from Dover to France. All swimmers will endure 1-hour rotations in approx. water temperature 8-9c.

TEAMS OF 5

Both Teams will start the channel swim at same time/location with a competitive edge (The Girls V The Boys) but main objective is to complete the mission. The long-distance swim of 33 km+ consists of a relay team with 5 swimmers per team, all consecutively taking turns swimming to make it from Dover to France (Cap Gris-Nez), across the English Channel.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the swim, all swimmers must: Have Previous history in cold water swimming. A training Log, which is required on the run up to swim with training advice given by Ger. Kennedy. Full Medical required prior to the swim. For safety, each Team will have a qualified Paramedic on-board during swim.

Prepare for HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Please give what you can and thank you for your support.

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