Here I am going to add helpful items regarding Channel Swimming – regarding training, preparation and the big day – by experienced Channel swimmers or pilots.
1. How to mix Maxim for a Channel Swim – by Nick Adams
Very useful instructions for the big day!
2. Helpful Channel Swimmers Checklist (2005) by Julian Crichtlow – from Nick Adams website www.channelswimmers.com. What is missing is mouthwash (recommended by many) and a few more bottles. Also glow in the dark rope can be helpful or a blinker/light attached to night feeding bottles. MOST important: passports!
Also, seasickness pills are best tested in advance for drowsiness, and should be taken a few hours before the swim – by everyone, swimmer and crew! During our relay everyone who had not taken any pills got seasick – especially those how swore they would never get seasick!
Jane Murphy`s Feeding gear demonstration on Dover beach:
In 2010 I was lucky to find a jug like the one Jane was showing us last minute at Varne Ridge in the left-over box. It was the best feeding bottle I ever had! The lid can be screwed tight, and the spout is big enough and opens easily – but small enough so seawater does not get in.
For our rope we used a bigger roll – just make sure the rope does not entangle too easily. Be sure the rope is long enough (ca. 10 m), you may be drifting away with your bottle fast!