Announcing August 24th 2015 as the inaugural World Marathon Swimming Day
August the 24th is the day in 1875 that Captain Matthew Webb successfully swam the English Channel, landing at Calais on his second attempt in under 22 hours. It's the date that the sport of Channel and Marathon Swimming unofficially claims as its birth day, (disregarding previous unsuccessful attempts by Webb and others).
There's no greeting card, no sponsorship, no t-shirt, no-one pulling strokes or strings, no debate committee and no vested interests. There's just us. Just all us swimmers, successful and unsuccessful, present and lost.
Tonight we raise a glass in hono(u)r of you all, our friends, past, present and future. Please join us wherever you are.