Ashley Channel Swim 1st August 2017. 13hrs 40mins– My Story

Swimming the English was a long-term ambition and it was a chance meeting with Dizz Verth at the Brownsea Island swim 2015 that it started to become a reality when she prompted me to Facebook friend request ‘Durley Sea Swims’. It was here how I learnt about Channel Swimming then fast forward 2yrs until I’m standing on a beach at Dover. I felt relatively relaxed in the run up to the actual swim, the only thing that was causing me any anxiety was the fear of injury. I’d enjoyed the camaraderie and training challenges with my fellow swimmers at Durley[…]

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1st August 2017

Written by Jon Tribbeck (Coldwet Bloke) A fantastic swim by Ashley Christopher! England to France in 13 hours 40 minutes in difficult conditions on 1st August 2017. It was a real pleasure and a privilege to be part of the crew on his solo English Channel Swim. Ashley’s weather window was a short one and after receiving the call from pilot Stuart Gleeson we set off for Dover at around midnight. Meeting Stuart at the marina they boarded Sea Leopard and set off for the starting point just west of Dover at Samphire Hoe. Swim preparations got underway on board.[…]

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Track Ashley’s Channel Swim

Track Ashley’s progress across the English Channel. The two main organisations that validate Channel swims both have live trackers on their websites. Ashley’s support boat is Sea Leopard, piloted by Stuart Gleeson. Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation’s tracker page Channel Swimming Association’s tracker page Ashley is expecting to begin his swim at around 05:30 on Tuesday 1st August

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10hrs 21miles Pre Channel swim training

On Friday 30th June I completed my toughest training session to date. Swimming from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove and back, a distance of 21miles completed in 10hrs. I was supported by Tom who’s been coaching swimmers for the Channel since 1951, a true legend. Marc Newman 6x Channel swimmer and record holder for being the only person to complete the furtherest crossing by starting from Dungeness , just to name a couple of his achievements. Ali Bud one of the Gangsta Grannies who completed a two person 2 way Channel Relay last year and Jon Tribbeck my training partner and[…]

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Durley sea swim Training update

10th June 17 Another 6hr today in difficult sea conditions. 0.8m choppy waves but the sun made a good appearance so all was good. 👍😀🌊🌊🏊🏻🏊🏻 5th June 17 Channel swim training. 6hr sub 16c qualifier swim completed on Saturday along with Hayley, Dan,& Naomi. Conditions started out perfect but I turned choppy 3hrs in. Sunday I managed a 3hr swim. 21st May Another 4hr sea swim today with Dan, in much better conditions and the sun shining. Training going well. 20th May Well after planning to do 3hr sea swim standing on the shore, sea temperature 13.6c and 0.8m waves.[…]

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