Swimming Across the English Channel into France: David Walliams

 By: Jill Smi
The English Channel has been crossed more than 1100 times until now. About 900 crossings have been made from England to France and around 250 crossings from France to England. Most of the swimmers that completed the crossing are man but women have made it too.

The record of the Channel crossings is held by Alison Streeter, who managed to make 43 successful swims across the channel.

British star David Walliams, well known actor and writer had the initiative of crossing the English Channel for charity. The purpose of this attempt is to raise money for Sport Relief. The comedian is aware of the difficulty of his attempt and that is why he trained himself for almost 12 months with former Olympic pentathlete Greg Whyte.

Walliams is saying that he will "just be in a pair of Speedos and goggles - it's what the public wants," but he took his training very seriously. The crossing of the Channel is known as "the Everest of open-water swimming" and only a few of the ones that try it succeed.

But jokes aside, what the 34-year-old comedian is attempting is quite a feat. Few people succeed - just 10% according to some figures - and the swim is known Walliams, who is raising money for Sport Relief, has spent the last 11 months training and Alison Streeter,the record holder for the Channel crossings explains what are the most difficult things is this attempt:
"It's not about the distance, lots of people can swim the equivalent in a pool," she says. "It comes down to the cold. Fit swimmers are often all muscle and don't have much fat on them, this means they get cold quicker and once the cold gets into your muscles it is very hard to continue."

Considering that Walliams plans to make his attempt some time between 28 June and 15 July which is early in the season, it means that the cold will be an even greater issue.

Other important factors that make the attempt difficult are the tides, the wind and the weather. The tides are hard to predict as they are strong and change direction approximately every six hours and they change in height and flow speed every day.

The local weather conditions can change very quickly and sometimes do not match the forecasts.

A problem not to be ignored is the large number of ships using these waters, as to go from England to France you have to swim across the shipping lanes. There are more than 600 commercial ship movements and almost 100 ferry crossings between Dover and Calais every day. The difficult job of keeping the swimmer out of the path of these vessels, it's the job of the accompanying pilot boat.

Ms Streeter says that she has "done 43 swims - seven in one year once - and every one of them has been different" but she believes that "David Walliams seems to be preparing in the right way, so he will have a fair chance."

On 4th July 2006, David Walliams started from a beach near Dover and successfully swam the 21 miles across the English Channel in 10 hours 30 minutes. Before the swim he said he hopes to complete the 21-mile charity swim in less than 16 hours and declared: "I reckon I have a 50/50 chance of getting across. I hope people see it as a symbolic thing".
loading...
Author:
Artice Source: http://www.articlesphere.com

Related Articles in Swimming


People interested in the above article are also interested in the related articles listed below:

Cleaning the waters of swimming pools is among the most important factors to keep the pool's sanitation. Pool care can be done with correct maintenance of the pool's water chemistry. Having fresh and clean swimming pool water is required to ensure that it stays safe for all swimmers. You may use chlorine for pools on several different techniques.
If you are wondering if it is worth buying a hooded swimming towel, the answer is yes. It is very difficult to get dry and warm if you have been swimming in a swimming pool or the sea, particularly if you have long hair. It is important not to let your hair stay wet for too long particularly if you are out in the cold. These towels can be used for swimming or bath time and are extremely versatile.
Now that men's and womens swimwear have both shrunk down to extraordinary levels of skimpiness, men can understand the true humiliation that comes with swimsuit season. In honor of the mankini, the newest member to the mens swimwear team here are three key steps to walking tall in a bathing suit the size of an elastic band.

More in Swimming

Excellent, Larry. Thank you for taking the new article directory technology and making it work to the max. I encourage everyone to keep contributing and contributing regularly. I can attest to the fact that this site is already a strong directory in a field of many. Kudos to Larry!

Matthew C. Keegan
The Article Writer

 

I find it a delight to use both as an author and a publisher. It is full of nice little surprises that make the whole process of writing, reading and publishing articles a complete delight. This is one that comes out tops and beats the rest hands down.

Eric Garner
Managing Director
ManageTrainLearn

 

I did a Google search and came across your site. It was exactly what I was looking for and was elated to find such a broad range of articles. As I am launching a free magazine in a small town in Florida, I wanted to be as resourceful as possible while still being able to provide some content that is interesting and well written. Your site has all the variables in the mix. Excellent Site hitting all the notes in the scale sort of speak.

Mo Montana
Florida, USA

Article Topics

 
Copyright © 2005 - by Larry Lim, Singapore - Article Search Engine Directory at ArticleSphere.com™
All Rights Reserved Worldwide. All Trademarks and Servicemarks are the property of the respective owners.
ArabicBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CzechDanishDutchEnglishEstonianFinnishFrenchGermanGreekHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIndonesianItalianJapaneseKoreanLatvianLithuanianNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwedishThaiTurkishUkranianVietnamese