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Anton Floh

Monday, 25 August 2014

We had our first Austrian solo swimmer yesterday, 24th August, who completed his Channel swim in a time of 12hrs and 30mins (unratified). Anton set off shortly before lunchtime yesterday with pilot Reg Brickell, landing near Wissant at midnight last night. Well done to Anton on a brilliant swim and congratulations on being the first Austrian Channel Swimmer with the CSA!


Scott Miers

Monday, 25 August 2014

Congratulations to the Australian Scott Miers who successfully crossed the Channel on the 20th August in a time of 9hrs 59mins (unratified). Scott set off with pilot Reg Brickell on Viking Princess at 06.03 and landed at 16.02. Well done to Scott and his crew on a fine swim.


Keith Gary

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Huge congratulations to Keith Gary who successfully crossed the English Channel yesterday the 23rd August despite bad weather conditions. Keith set off at 08.57 with his pilot Kevin Sherman and crew on Connemara and landed near Wissant at 20.32, making his total time 11hrs 35mins (unratified). Congratulations to Keith and all his crew on a fantastic swim!


Tony Rutter

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Congratulations to the British swimmer Tony Rutter who completed his Channel swim yesterday 20th August in a time of 13hrs 15mins (unratified). Despite the rough conditions towards the end of his swim Tony finished at 19.20hrs at the Cap. The pilot was Peter Reed on Rowena.....well done to Tony and his crew.


Alexandra Christie

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Alex Christie successfully completed her Channel Swim when she landed one mile north of Cap Gris Nez at 16:24 hrs today (20/8). Her swim time was an excellent 10 hrs 34 mins (to be ratified) having started from Shakespeare beach at 05:50 hrs. Alex was supported by family members on board 'Pathfinder' with pilot Eric Hartley and Observer Keith Oiller. Many congratulations to Alex whose main beneficiary from fund raising will be the British Lung Foundation.


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.


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