Thursday, December 25, 2008

Shining Stars

Michael Oram, Honorary Secretary of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation sends his holiday wishes to the global open water swimming community with this wonderful photo of an open water swimmer leaving Shakespeare Bay as the sun rises over Dover Harbour with a meteor shower in progress (note the three shooting stars towards the top of the photo).

Michael, an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, has piloted over 450 English Channel attempts since 1982 including Christoph Wandratsch's 2005 world record solo swim of 7 hours 3 mins 52 seconds, Petar Stoychev's current world record solo swim of 6 hours 57 mins and 50 seconds, Yvetta Hlavacova's 2006 fastest female crossing of 7 hours 25 mins 15 secs in 2006, two triple crossings (one by Philip Rush and one by Alison Streeter), the crossings by the oldest man and woman, a quadruple relay crossing led by Des Renford and many others.

Onwards to a wonderful 2009.

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