No challenge like swimming the English Channel can be accomplished alone. A true “team” is necessary. I have already “drafted” two of the most important members of my team…my wife, Michelle and daughter Allie. Michelle has agreed to help me train by paddling in a kayak alongside me during my longer open water swims. Allie agreed to make the trip to Dover with me as many times as I need to in order to be comfortable before my attempt in 2013. Not a bad foundation for my team!
In a previous post, I wrote of “neap tides” and “1st position” and let you know I would be revealing my Channel Pilot as soon as my position was confirmed. I received word today that I am reserved in the 1st position for the 1st neap tide in August 2013. I am grateful to be working with Reg Brickell as my pilot.
Reg is registered with the Channel Swimming Association, the organization I have decided to team with for official recognition of my 2013 attempt. Most recently, Reg was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. According to one source:
“In the annals of channel swimming, there is no family more intertwined in marathon swimming history than the Brickell’s. This year, Reg Brickell Jr. and Ray Brickell of Great Britain were inducted, following in the footsteps of their fellow honoree and father, Reg Brickell Sr. Both brothers started escorting swimmers at the early age of 16, learning the science and art of channel escorting from their father. Now, with the exploding demand for experienced channel pilots, the brothers take 20 swimmers each summer season across the English Channel. With an uncanny knack for picking the right day and time to start a swim based on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, the brothers remain highly sought-after pilots.”
I am honored to have been able to “draft” Reg for my team!
I’m in the process of selecting a swimming coach to join my team. Stay tuned, I should have news of my coach’s identity in the coming weeks.