<![CDATA[ Anthony McCarley's Channel Swim - Blog]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:14:07 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[St John to St Thomas to St John to St Thomas... what was I thinking?]]>Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:42:23 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/st-john-to-st-thomas-to-st-john-to-st-thomas-what-was-i-thinkingAs much as you would think I slept away the afternoon and evening. By the time
  we got back and had lunch, I only got 15 minutes of sleep before I had to get
  ready for a work function for my wife. Sorry for no post until now. By the time
  we returned to the room around 1030, I couldn’t keep my eyes

First, I must say the Captain did a great job. He knew having special “expertise” was important for an official Observer. So, he arranged to have two other captains on the boat. One as the Observer, who did not assist the swim in any way. One who functioned as my immediate support – did the feeds, etc.

According to  everyone I have spoken with, including these
three captains, no one has ever  swam even a one-way between these islands. Much
less a Triple. So, there was a  lot of learning going on. But the captain, did
his job: Got me to shore  alive.

I got fooled in the first leg – St John  to St Thomas. Smoked out  the lap in 1 hour and 10 minutes. It was a great
feeling seeing the bottom come  up to me at shore. It felt good and I thought to
myself that the swim was going  to be easier than I thought. Then Mother Nature
called me a smart-ass and  smacked my ass. I knew the wind was blowing toward St
Thomas, so expected the  second leg to be harder – but we all expected the third
leg to be easy again.  Instead the legs went from easy, to hard, to really,
really hard. The second lap  took about double the time. The winds were bad and
the current was working  against us. For a long time, I was stuck 1,000 meters
from shore. A little  tired, but thinking the worse was behind me, I started the
third leg with a  relaxed optimism. About 500 meters off shore, the currents
shifted against us.  And it was all uphill from there. Swells picked up. Boat
traffic picked up. Wind  picked up. And the currents got stronger. I was only
about 15 meters from the  boat, but there were many times that the swells were
so big that I completely  lost sight of even the antenna of the 35 foot escort
boat. I will admit that the  third leg pushed me very close to my limits. Took
all I had to carry  on.

We couldn’t get to the rock beach we used on the
first leg, so I had  to scramble over sharp(ish), urchin covered boulders to
finish... and instead of  a pebble as a trophy, I have an urchin spine in one of
my toes!

If you  read this far, thanks for your interest.

I will get my paperwork turned  into the Federation late this week.
<![CDATA[USVI Swim]]>Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:43:50 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/usvi-swimSo. I am missing one of my favorite swims this weekend - the Frogman Swim inTampa.  My wife has a work function in St Thomas (USVI) and I have to attend (oh the hardship).  Since I was missing the Frogman, I thought I would make up for it by doing a low key training swim from St Thomas to St John and back on Saturday (to measure how out of shape I really am).  Got my wife's
agreement and hired an escort captain a few weeks ago.  Then last week the Marathon Swimmers Federation released global rules.  Establishing agreed upon rules for this sport is a cause I believe in (for more reasons than this short message will allow).  In support of the newly released (but I must say long-understood) rules of marathon swimming, I will do this swim following the Rules.  I would have followed the Rules even for a training swim - so the only real differences are that I will have an Observer logging
the swim and will provide a GPS feed via SPOT.  I believe this swim will be the first swim anywhere in the world to follow the global Rules and that you should consider me a guinea pig.

If would like to follow the swim, you can track it here:
www.mychannelswim.com.  Or here:
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0P2qav1QrZLZyO5OE1FeE7RmeL92MAMtd.  The swim is scheduled to start at 7:30am Atlantic time on January 18, 2104
<![CDATA[January 10th, 2014]]>Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:59:46 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/january-10th-2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 6, 2014


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The Marathon Swimmers Federation, a global organization uniting, inspiring, and connecting marathon and aspiring marathon swimmers around the world, has released a set of standardized rules and principles to govern the sport of marathon swimming. These rules, which are available in full online at www.marathonswimmers.org/rules, codify nearly 140 years of global marathon swimming traditions into a streamlined and easy-to-use document to help swimmers around the world complete officially recognized marathon swims.

The rules were written by a core group of Federation members—Evan Morrison of San Francisco, Calif., Andrew Malinak of Seattle, Wash., Donal Buckley of Co. Tipperary, Ireland, and Elaine Howley of Boston, Mass. The co-authors spent several months developing the rules and sought input, comments, and peer-review from a wider, global group of dedicated open water swimmers. The peer review group is named in the rules document.

The rules document is intended to assist aspiring and experienced marathon swimmers, observers, event organizers, and the media to swim, organize, monitor, evaluate, and report swims according to guidelines long used by the global marathon swimming community. These rules do not supplant any existing marathon organization’s rules but may be used as a foundation for organizing bodies that want to develop swim-specific guidelines. The document includes standard marathon swimming definitions, a listing of accepted equipment, types of marathon swims, observation criteria, and standardized swimming rules.

Marathon swimming is unassisted by definition. Swims that use equipment or rules other than those outlined within the MSF rules document may be considered assisted swims.

The aim of the document is to present a complete picture of the guiding principles and widely agreed-upon standards of the sport of marathon swimming. As the sport grows in popularity, codifying rules becomes increasingly important. The co-authors hope that with the addition of these standardized rules, the sport can become more accessible to new swimmers.

About the Marathon Swimmers Federation and Forum

The Marathon Swimmers Federation is the organizational body administering the marathonswimmers.org forum that was founded in early 2012 by American marathon swimmer Evan Morrison and Irish marathon swimmer Donal Buckley. The forum’s continually growing membership includes many of the world’s most accomplished and recognized marathon swimmers, as well as observers, pilots, event organizers, swim journalists, and marathon swim aspirants. The marathonswimmers.org forum is an entirely voluntary and non-commercial amateur athletic discussion community that connects swimmers around the world.


For more information about the Marathon Swimmers Federation, and the marathonswimmers.org forum please email info@marathonswimmers.org.

<![CDATA[A Few Interesting Links]]>Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:25:06 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/a-few-interesting-linksThe Daily News of Open Water Swimming
        McCarley is Golden, Joins Half Century Club
        C3 Results From Cape Circumnavigation Challenge

The Channel Swimming Association

Open Waterpedia

Pacifica Tribune

Pacifica Tribune - August 28, 2013

Lindsey's Column

<![CDATA[A Few Pics from the Swim]]>Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:16:30 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/a-few-pics-from-the-swim
<![CDATA[The Route Across]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2013 17:01:00 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/the-route-acrossPicture
Note how tide tides pushed me along nearly parallel to the shoreline. That's called making a long swim longer. It's very hard when you can see shore so close yet you have another two hour swim.

<![CDATA[A long, hard swim - but worth it!]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:37:38 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/august-17th-2013Picture
Thank you all for all the kind words and good wishes. They mean a lot to me and helped get me through the swim.

A giant thank you to Steve Smith of San Francisco, Jim Morrison of Atlanta, and Santi Minguela now of Madrid, Spain – originally of Pacifica, California. They were the crew. And you cannot do something like this without serious help. It was great to have family support from my sister, Cassandra and niece, Lindsey, on the boat! They all spent their time and money to be there. I am so lucky and blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

A couple of clarifications… my official time was 13:29. My mother started the 13:41 rumor, but she didn’t know that we left a few minutes past 4am and her “he-made-it” text was sent a few minutes after I stumbled up the beach. It is only a couple of minutes, but you can bet that I am going to say “less than 13 and half hours”!

It was a tough, brutal swim. Rough and choppy except for about a mile or two and the last 1,000 yards into the beach. And about halfway through, I had my first experience with a man-o-war… got me on the lips, forehead and both shoulders. I screamed like a baby… except for the nasty swear words that I added in. Again, I thank you for your encouraging words – many of them ran through my head at the hardest times.

For those of you who don't know, you're not allowed to use a wetsuit and the water bounced between 58 and 62. Dealing with the cold is a big part of the challenge.

Sorry about the trouble with the GPS tracking. I guess it lost the signal a couple of times. (I am just amazed that such a thing exists and it ever works.) And it only shows up to 50 spots at a time. So, after 50, when a new spot is added, the oldest spot goes away.

A friend of mine pasted the images together to create a total picture of the swim (see below). The first few spots are from the harbor to the beach where you start the swim. And at the end, about 5-6 hundred yards out, the water gets too shallow for the escort boat, so they drop a dingy in the water and one of the boat crew escorts you to the end. (This guy did a great job. There were a bunch of people on the beach that came running up to me when they realized what was happening. He blocked them from me, because if one of them had touched me before my feet completely cleared the water, I would have been disqualified! Can you image the pain of that happening?)

Again, thank you!

<![CDATA[Ready to Go]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:22:19 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/ready-to-goIt's now nearly 0230 in Dover and we're making our last minute preparations and checking gear. We plan to all meet at the Dover small boat harbor at 0315 with an expected swim start around 0345 - 0400. I'm glad we did not go yesterday. Weather was a little on the rough side. Today should be better. 

A 0400 start should put us into France mid-afternoon and back in Dover for dinner. Let's hope the weather cooperates. So, we're off. Stay tuned on the GPS for constant updates throughout the day. ]]>
<![CDATA[In Dover, Waiting to Go]]>Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:39:13 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/in-dover-waiting-to-goArrived in Dover on Sunday afternoon, crew is all here and we're ready to go. After waiting for nearly a year, tomorrow looks like it will be the day - maybe. The weather may deteriorate beginning on Thursday so I hope it holds through tomorrow at least. The swim slot calls for a 0400 start. That means I need to get up around 0100 to eat. Then we will depart for the boat around 0230 - 0300. If all goes well, we should be back in Dover in time for dinner. That is, if the weather holds. It changes so fast here we can only hope.]]><![CDATA[Almost Time to Go]]>Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:36:14 GMThttp://anthonyschannelswim.weebly.com/blog/almost-time-to-goPicture
Well, the time is nearly at hand. I depart for London this evening. The swim could go as early as Tuesday ... but then again it might not go for ...  well, who knows…

Weather in the Channel today was calm. Here's hoping that the weather holds. I am very much looking forward to finishing off this little piece of unfinished business.  My three major goals are: 1. to survive, 2. to finish the swim in France, and 3. to have fun. 

I would like to express a special thanks to five people who are making big sacrifices to support this swim.  My teammates are Steve Smith of San Francisco, Santi Minguela of Madrid, Spain, Jim Morrison of Atlanta, Cassandra Passmore (my sister) of Pacifica, California and Lindsey Passmore (my niece) of Pacifica, California.  Nothing is possible without help.  This is very special help.