Marathon Swimmers Forum
North Channel 2014
edited March 10
Some prime dates still available during July and August for any swimmer contemplating THE NORTH CHANNEL 2014
If you are ever thinking of doing the North Channel then Quinton Nelson is your man. He successfully guided me across last year and followed up with Milko Van Gool (Men's record holder) and Michelle Macy (Fastest). Quinton pioneered and refined a new route (which deservedly has his name) that uses the best advantage of tides to take swimmers from Donaghadee to Portpatrick for the North Channel and his expertise is only matched by his experience. So, get on the email or phone to Quinton and book a date for your dream to become reality. You will find Quinton at
Telephone: 0289 188 3403
Mobile: 07811 230215
I am based in Dublin and happy to help any North Channel aspirants with advice, equipment, company for swimming in Dublin and the odd swimmerman's tale or two. You can get me on firstname.lastname@example.org,
Finnbarr Hedderman is swimming today as we speak. 34 kms in 11 degrees Celsius water!
His tracker is
Is he done? Looks like he's hit land.
The boat is racing away. Finnbarr is done!
Yep, in 12h24m, great swim, hope we'll get a report soon. Swiss Icemiler Sabrina Wiedmer tomorrow. #trackerfever
Received a message for a 10hr 03min crossing for Sabrina Wiedmer today in the North Channel! Can we get a second confirmation? WELL DONE. Very exciting to have two fast crossings already this summer!!
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
Sabrina confirmed for 10h03m.
was on her crew,
& I were crew yesterday for Finnbarr. Temp was actually much higher than the initial temp I reported yesterday at 14C. I'll have a couple of blog posts on it in a few weeks.
was pilot for both swims and did a fab job. The man knows the NC like no other.
BTW, the North Channel was Sabrina's first marathon swim! (For those who don't know, NC qualification has changed from requiring an EC solo first).
How were things jelly-wise?
Perfect. Some big non-stinging barrel jellies, a few Lion's Mane, but they were down deep. I saw one on the surface but it missed Fin. Almost all visible jellies disappeared after 3 hours.
edited July 21
Finnbarr leaving Donaghadee just after dawn, with Mew Island lighthouse in the distance.
Gosh, Ireland's not photogenic at all is it?
I love swimming