The Dorset Jelly Dodgers are a team of six passionate open water swimmers - Rich, Richard, Will, Fernanda, Antoinette and Elizabeth - taking on the challenge of swimming the English Channel.
The date for our Channel crossing is scheduled for 22nd June this year (weather dependent!). We will be swimming 21 miles (or more) from Dover to Calais; swimming through the night and hopefully finishing during the following day!
We will be swimming in skins (no wetsuits) in a relay team. Each person will swim for an hour and then hand over to the next person. We have to stay in order, and we can only wear our swimming costumes, one hat and a pair of goggles. The crossing could take between 10 to 20 hours, in sea temperatures of between 13 to 17 degrees Celsius!
Our team met at the East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club two years ago, and our inspirational coach Ali, has been helping us with our Channel swimming programme ever since. Our training has involved completing a two hour qualifying swim in water below 15 degrees Celsius, stroke technique analysis and boat swimming practises during the day and night. We have been swimming in skins throughout the Summer and Winter months to acclimatise, and training several times a week in the pool and in the sea.
This is not an easy challenge to undertake, and we hope that you will help us to raise as much money as possible for the Dorset Kidney Fund. Two years ago, Elizabeth's mother was given a kidney transplant, which has transformed her Mother's life. Being a local charity, we feel that this worthy charity is close to our hearts.
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