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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Swimming West, EC6 Powers Across The English Channel

Video courtesy of Wayne Soutter in the English Channel.

Steve West [shown above] pulled the EC6 relay across 5.2 km of the English Channel this morning on the third leg of the Total Immersion in the English Channel relay.

He was working hard to maintain the fast pace of leadoff swimmer Christof Wandratsch who swam 5.6 km and second swimmer Kirsten Cameron who did 5.3 km.

"A few jellies," explains Wayne Soutter onboard Reg Brickell, Jr. 's escort boat about the 40-something team of fast swimmers. "But nothing to worry about."

The EC6 relay or Total Immersion in the English Channel is en route on its attempt to break the one-way English Channel crossing record of the USA Swimming National Team (6 hours 52 minutes) in some great conditions, light winds, minimal wave height and warm temperatures (air at 17.1ºC, sea at 18.1ºC.

Considered unnecessary and unorthodox, the team members are feeding during their individual hour legs. This makes complete sense, especially when trying to swim fast. Briefly slowing down to grab their feeds while not stopping, the feeds every 20 minutes are a great way to maintain this blistering pace.

For additional articles, photos and videos on today's EC6 Relay, visit:

* Gen X Elevates Expectations Across The Seas
* Christof Wandratsch Sets Off Blistering Pace
* Bernie Zeruhn Swimming Strongly
* Kirsten Cameron Happy To Be Part Of EC6 Relay
* The Man Behind The EC6 Relay
* Christof Wandratsch Swims A 5.6 km Leadoff Leg
* Feeding Fast And Fast Freestyle
* Swimmer's Shoulder Strength

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