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Tania Hill

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Well done to Tania Hill who became a Channel Swimmer today, 20th August, finishing in a time of 12hrs and 52mins (unratified). She swam with pilot Fred Mardle on Masterpiece Charters. Congratulations to Tania from all at the CSA!


Chris Murray

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Congratulations to Chris Murray who has completed his solo Channel swim at 17.17 today, 20th August, in a time of 11hrs and 30mins (unratified). His pilot was Stuart Gleeson on Sea Leopard Charter. Well done to Chris, his pilot Stuart and the crew on board!


Sport England

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Thanks to the support of a Sport England grant all CSA boats are now equipped with a ZOLL AED Plus Fully Automatic defibrillator. The Channel Swimming Association is delighted to acknowledge their support in enabling us to purchase a defibrillator for each of our escort pilots.


Luke Hill

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Congratulations to Luke Hill who successfully crossed the Channel today, 19th August, in a time of 10hrs and 43mins (unratified). Well done to Luke and his pilot Fred Mardle on Masterpiece Charters.


Bill Pickering 1921-2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Vice President Bill Pickering yesterday, 17th August 2014, in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Burton on Trent, at the age of 93.

He was a giant amongst Channel swimmers, a gentle giant and a great friend to the Channel Swimming Association all his life and we held him in the highest respect.  In his day (1955), he was the greatest of the great, setting a new World Record for the England France crossing of 14 hours and 6 minutes on the 27th August 1955. He was 1 hour 28 minutes faster than any other man.  But it was Florence Chadwick’s record he broke and it took the incredible Florence Chadwick to wrestle the World Record for the fastest crossing, from him. He was only the 8th man ever to cross the Channel from England to France.

A Baths Manager for most of his career, Bill made the 11th England to France crossing in 1955.  He had to spend a month down in Dover waiting for good weather, much to the irritation of his sponsors back in Bloxwich. His sponsors finally gave him an ultimatum, get on with it or come home. He is one of the few swimmers who can also claim to have competed in the Butlin Cross Channel races.

He was a Vice President of the Channel Swimming Association for many years and we are proud that he was able to honour us by accepting this position.  He was always there when we needed his advice.  He was held in the highest of esteem by all of our members and those who had the privilege of meeting and talking with him, will be forever grateful.

He will be remembered for his care, his kindest, his enthusiasm and commitment to all swimmers and not to forget, being a World Record holder.  He will be remembered for his support, his total dedication and his boundless energy and infectious happiness in support of Channel Swimming and the Channel Swimming Association and we will all miss him greatly.

Our deepest condolences go to his wife Clarrie, who stayed by his side for  more than 70 years and his family.


Chilli Nutters

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Chilli Nutters (British) successfully crossed the English Channel yesterday landing at Pte du Riden at 01.57 this morning, 16th August with a swim time of 15hrs 14mins (unratified). The team consisting of Tom Duly, Jude Martin, Chris Millener, Paola Deluca and Marc Shakles set off at 10.43 with pilot Stuart Glesson on Sea Leopard Charters. Well done to the whole team and crew!

Uswim to France

Saturday, 09 August 2014

The four person relay of Peter Woodward, Marylyn Dickinson, Emily Newton and Ian Shaw who swam as  'Uswim to France' successfully completed their one-way swim when Ian landed one mile north of Cap Gris Nez at 22:30 hrs yesterday (8/8). Their swim time was an excellent 15 hrs 45 mins (to be ratified) having started from Shakespeare beach at 05:45 hrs. The team were on board 'Pathfinder' with pilot Eric Hartley and crew Gary Watkins with Observer Keith Oiller. Many congratulations to the team whose main beneficiaries from fund raising will be Arthur's Appeal at Wythenshawe Hospital and St Ann's Hospice.

Mid Life Crisis

Friday, 08 August 2014

The three person relay of Lisa Marner, Vikki Gibson and Matt Wigley who swam as  'Mid Life Crisis'  successfully completed their one-way swim when Lisa managed to land on a small sand beach amongst the rocks at the base of Cap Gris Nez at 18:14 hrs yesterday (7/8). Their swim time was an excellent 12 hrs 29 mins (to be ratified) having started from Samphire Hoe beach at 05:45 hrs. The team, who were aboard 'Pathfinder' with pilot Eric Hartley were supported by Michelle Blackmore, Tom Gibson and Tom Watch. Observer Keith Oiller confirmed this to be the 9 th fastest 3 person relay within CSA records.

Concord YMCA

Thursday, 07 August 2014

Concord YMCA from the USA successfully completed their relay swim tonight, 7th August, in a time of 10hrs 45mins (unratified). They are a 3 man team all over the age of 50. Their swim was completed at Cap Griz Nez at 17.20hrs. Their pilot was Stuart Gleeson on Sea Leopard Charter. Congratulations to Concord YMCA.

Hannah Young

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

The British swimmer Hannah Young became a Channel Swimmer today, 5th August, completing her England to France swim in 15hrs 03mins (unratified). Hannah was with pilot Fred Mardle on Masterpiece. Congratulations Hannah from all at the CSA!


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