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Sunday, June 29, 2014
A Job Exceedingly Well Done, First Guern Around Jersey
There is almost nothing as comforting, deep and well-deserved as a nap after a punishing endurance event. The body and the mind have been taxed to its maximum and slumber provides that much-needed recovery.
That is exactly what Adrian Sarchet earned after his 11 hour 29 minute circumnavigation swim around Jersey in the British Channel Islands ("Round Jersey").
Under the guidance of escort pilots Charlie Gravett and Mick Le Guilcher with crew member and support swimmer Graeme Lowe helping the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club-sanctioned swim, Sarchet started at 6:02 am and finishing at 5:31 pm at the Elizabeth Castle Breakwater on June 28th.
"I could not have asked for a better support crew. Charlie and Mick are legends in the open water swimming community and have piloted over 90 Round Jersey Swims. Their unique combination of ability, experience and humour made for a great day out in the blue. Graeme Lowe is one of the most experienced open water swimmers in the Channel Islands so to have him as my support crew and support swimmer was humbling. The track athletics equivalent would be like having Usain Bolt offering to carry an amateur’s running spikes."
Sarchet has been at this swim for some time; 3 years in the making. "On two previous occasions, I have sat in Jersey waiting for acceptable weather conditions, only to be blown out by the wind. On this occasion, we thought we were destined for the same treatment by the elements, but a last-minute break in the wind saw me flying over to Jersey the night before the swim. I have wanted to attempt this swim ever since becoming the first Guern around Guernsey in August 2010."
When an athlete stands on the shoreline looking to start a swim, sometimes circumstances collude to start an invasion of negative thoughts. "Personally it was not an ideal time undertake this challenging swim," recalls Sarchet. "Things have been incredibly busy lately and life conspired to put me at the starting line both physically and mentally exhausted."
But with a number of swims under his cap, Sarchet knew had to handle the situation psychologically and physiologically. "The first four hours of the swim went well. The sea was a balmy 16ºC, the sea conditions slight and my hourly liquid energy feeds were going down easily. It was an honour to have the opportunity to see some of Jersey’s iconic scenery (such as Gorey Castle) from the water.
As I swam between Archirondel and St. Catherine’s, I remembered doing my first four hour sea swim there in 2011 under the wing of another local legend, Roger Allsopp. I remember thinking, 'This one’s for you Rodg.' That gave me strength later in the swim as there was no possibility for failure."
But circumnavigation swims are always tricky as currents and tides have to be considered and navigated well. This is where the experience of pilots Gravett and Le Guilcher were indispensable. "Swimming around islands always seems to be about corners, and bad ones at that. During the Round Guernsey swims, it was usually Pleinmont Point. The Round Jersey swim did not disappoint in this regard because as we rounded the north east corner of the Island, the sea conditions changed, becoming turbulent and confused, before rising into a 2-metre swell. These conditions lasted 3 hours while we travelled down the entire North coast.
By the time we turned onto the West Coast, after another interesting corner at Grosnez, I was in pretty terrible shape. The confused water and swell had left me with an intense bout of dizziness and that had turned my stomach. Unable to even consider my liquid energy feed, we reverted to Plan B and I had plain water and chunks of chilled melon each hour."
Then came the witching hour. "Hours 8 to 10 of the swim were a blur of pain and determination. The one good thing was that the dizziness left me and my stomach improved, leading to me raiding Graeme’s ham and cheese sandwiches.
An hour and a half from the finishing line I hit rock bottom. I had nothing left in the tank. I honestly considered getting out. Two things saved the day for me. One was remembering Roger’s advice not to panic and simply to swim to the next feed. The second was that Graeme realised I was in trouble and joined me in the water as my support swimmer; he was swimming with only one arm I think.
With this assistance I toughed-out the last stretch and was relieved to complete this challenging swim by touching Elizabeth Castle Breakwater 11 hours and 29 minutes after I’d started, thereby becoming the first Guern around Jersey. A little too relieved it seems as the thirty metre swim against the tide back to the boat actually proved something of a problem."
Ever humble and appreciative, Sarchet recalls the people who helped him along the way. "It was all worth it though because back at the dock we had a lovely welcome from members of the JLDSC – to whom I must apologise for being half-dead and not clearly giving my thanks for their support. I would like to thank the JLDSC, my crew and their respective families for their support in this endeavour. I would also like to thank my own family for supporting me so completely in my training and the Guernsey Swimming Club and the Guernsey Open Water swimmers for ensuring I was fit enough to even attempt this swim."
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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