Butterfly with a sting in the tail - Sylvain Estadieu's EC swim

loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
edited September 2013 in Cheering Section
Forum member, Sandycove swimmer, deranged Frenchman and English Channel soloist @Sylle will tomorrow swim across La Manche toward La Belle France, doing butterfly...provisionally 9.30am start, possibility of a 12 hour weather delay.

His pilot will be Mike Oram, on Gallivant. Tracking as usual on the CS&PF tracking page. A stroke judge will be on board.

Irregular Tweets from crew and forum members @LECummins), @ZoeSadler and myself. Profile names link to Twitter accts.

Edit: main twitter account we'll be using is [url="https://twitter.com/sylvainswims"]Sylvain's[/UURL.

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  • NiekNiek Member
    edited September 2013
    Good luck.
    With such a crew and an observer there won't be any doubt to the legitimacy of the swim.

    Hope he succeeds like Héctor Ramírez Ballesteros did at Strait Gibraltar.

    Héctor completed September 8th the first butterfly crossing of Strait Gibraltar in 7 hours 5 minutes escorted by Jose Diaz and his Nadandolibre team-mates.
    Héctor followed a zodiac that preceded him as navigational aid and that had his support crew on board. Following Héctor was Rafael Guitierez Mesa from the ACNEG on his own big boat as safety and naval communication craft.
    Rafael Guitierez also functioned as the observer which he does at every Gibraltar Strait crossing.
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  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    Bon chance @Sylle!
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • Dawn_TreaderDawn_Treader Member
    edited September 2013
    I'll be at Varne Ridge by the time you get back to congratulate you. All the very best to you Sylle! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXUMXy16L9k
    Sisu: a Finnish term meaning strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Still going strong, if I'm reading the tracker correctly.
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    #gosylle
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • @Sylle is flying, literally! Not much more than one [statute] mile to go now!!!
    http://fermoyfish.com – Owen O'Keefe (Fermoy, Ireland)
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    He did it. Awesome swim @Sylle!
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • Unofficial time was 16 hours 42 minutes.

    First male to swim the English Channel butterfly. First CS&PF butterfly solo.

    @loneswimmer accompanied Sylvain in for the last 100 metres to shore. We made him do butterfly - by this point Sylvain had tired enough for @loneswimmer to be able to keep up!

    An amazing swim by Sylle!
  • Can't wait to see a write-up and video of this epic swim! Massive respect to Sylvain!
  • evmoevmo Admin
    edited September 2013
    I mentioned this elsewhere, but I'll repeat it here:

    I really admire when a swimmer undertakes a tough swim, and deliberately makes it tougher. This seems more in tune with the spirit of marathon swimming, compared with another approach I sometimes see, which is to seek out sneaky ways of making the swim easier.

    Relevant thread:
    http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/370/doing-it-tough/

    Way to go, Sylle!
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited September 2013
    @LECummins from Channel Group email:

    Hi all,

    Huge congratulations go to Sylvain Estadieu who became the first male to complete a solo butterfly English Channel swim in the early hours of this morning in a time of 16 hours and 42 minutes. I was privileged to be part of his crew along with Donal Buckley and Zoe Sadler, and I am ABSOLUTELY IN AWE of what he has achieved. We were all tired watching by the time he got to the end of the harbour wall, let alone by the time that he got to France! Really well done Sylvain, absolutely fantastic swim....you are amazing.

    Huge thanks to his pilot Mike Oram and co-pilot James Willi. We really appreciate all of their hard work, particularly in having to put up with the banter from us Irish on board! :) And our observers, Mike Ball and Tanya Harding, were fantastic. In addition to the normal work of making sure that all of the CS&PF rules were followed, they also had the task of watching Sylvain's stroke and making sure that Sylvain performed a legal butterfly stroke the whole way across. Thanks a million to both of you.

    Looking forward to hearing what Sylvain's next mad challenge will be once he recovers from this one ;)

    Cheers,
    Lisa
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  • lecumminslecummins Charter Member
    Thanks @Niek, I was coming here to post now!

    I really am so much in awe of what @Sylle achieved yesterday, it was amazing to watch. I can't believe that someone could keep lifting their arms over their head for that long and still be able to move today!! So proud of you @Sylle :)
  • Lisa all you could do was a different intro.
    Your email said it all.
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  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    This is beyond my imagination. Amazing. Many congrats @sylle .
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    In other news, @IronMike managed to do a SCM lap entirely in fly last week! w00t!
  • I still can't get my head around this, @sylle! Totally in AWE. You trained hard and stayed dedicated to this dream for years now... so no better man to be our first male butterfly swimmer! Next time we're all tempted to go one-arm fly, think of Sylvain! ;) Amazing.
  • Wow, I can't comprehend that swim. I'm ashamed to say that I scratched a 200m fly last year at a masters meet because I wasn't "feeling it". Never again!
  • A few pics I took of @Sylle are on the CS&PF site at http://cspf.co.uk/swim-story/sylvain-estadieu-swims-the-channel-butterfly. I echo what Lisa says, it was an honour and privilege to be part of his crew and to see his extraordinary achievement, and to see what a drunken conversation in a Varne Ridge storm in October 2010 ended up!
    More info coming on @Sylle's blog (and mine) soon hopefully.

    The 100 metres of butterfly I had to do at insistence of @lecummins when swimming him into Cap Petit Blanc ranks amongst my more unusual swimming experiences.


    (@lecummins: pop quiz: Port and Starboard again?)
  • Amazing!
  • Absolutely extraordinary! Congrats!
  • vvisevvise Member
    edited September 2013
    Just saw the pic posted by loneswimmer...Caption: "Every single stroke was judged to be proper ASA approved butterfly, which is a phenomenal achievement"
    Indeed! Congratulations!
  • I got that point too. Sylvain has shown us all the way ahead. Extraordinary is an understatement. I would add this: To anyone planning a second channel swim, don't do it freestyle next time.
  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member
    I'd rather go out and back than to try and swim it butterfly! Totally incredible accomplishment. My arms hurt even thinking about it.
  • @Haydn, I don't think Kevin Murphy, Ali Streeter, Marcy McDonald, Nick Adams, Stuart Johnson, Chloe McCardel, Mike Read and many others would agree with you. I think everyone gets to choose their own Channel aspirations.
  • Thank you all for your kind words :) I have yet to reply to everyone (not sure if it's manageable, I got so many messages of support, coming from many different spheres).

    My crew took great care of me, I am so very thankful for all they've done, I don't think I've done anything to deserve the love they've given to me. Many more persons are left to thank, but I hope I can do that in person for the most part.

    I'm off to bake some brioche now ...
  • I guess you are right Donal. But out of the thousands that swim the EC maybe less than 20 ? have got across non freestyle.......and that excites me.
  • I'm off to bake some brioche now ...

    Finns där något du kan inte göra?
    WTG Sylle!
    (*) (*) (*)
  • Interesting article here http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/10/list-of-butterfly-swims-in-open-water.html

    However, having been on the support boat and watching the swim I am not entirely convinced by the average speed stated for Sylvain's EC butterfly swim. I make it a fair bit quicker than 0.34mph!
  • jvjjvj Member
    ZoeSadler said:

    Interesting article here http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/10/list-of-butterfly-swims-in-open-water.html

    However, having been on the support boat and watching the swim I am not entirely convinced by the average speed stated for Sylvain's EC butterfly swim. I make it a fair bit quicker than 0.34mph!

    I believe that's a miscalculation. 21 miles in 16:41 would be 1.26 mph
  • I finally managed to put together a video of the swim, it's featuring a few forum members, see if you recognize them!

  • Sylvan, I love to watch this. It is very inspiring. You were magnificent as well as your crew. I am so touched when I watch it. Today after swim practice I did 50 fly for you.
    I hope to meet you again. What are your next plans?
    Sisu: a Finnish term meaning strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.
  • Thanks Kari! I'll be swimming across lake Vidöstern in 2014. Hopefully I can dial down the training a notch in comparison to last year :)
  • evmoevmo Admin
    Congrats, @Sylle!

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  • I had the pleasure of sitting next to Sylvain at the CSPF Awards dinner. What a humble and sweet person. A wonderful achievement and the award could not have gone to a nicer person.
    I love swimming
    www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com
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