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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:42 am    Post subject: Hats off to him but totally insane! Reply with quote

Anyone following this - http://www.swimthebigblue.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lunatic...

good spot...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that said....I wonder who is going to be the first to demand his garmin file...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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that said....I wonder who is going to be the first to demand his garmin file...


Haha, indeed Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh, he's swimming the narrowest bit.
It's like those "Round the World" Yacht races - they whizz down south, nip round the 60th parallell then come back up again, it's hardly going around the world is it ?

edit .. aha, reading his website further it's all clearly just a ploy to get off with Meccano Spanner
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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However, Ben's inspirational story of surviving premature birth, collapsed lungs and death in ICU at birth, is highlighted further by his drowning at five-years of age in a swimming pool in Belgium, which only served to enthuse him and drive on his love of water and the sea.

I can fully understand this, having been fully killed by a random meteor strike aged seven. Literally all they found were a few bits of gristle in the crater. But it only strengthened my love of astronomy, in fact the very next Christmas I asked for a telescope, and I still have a picture of Tim Peake on my bedroom wall.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thing of the Fountains wrote:
Ben wrote:
However, Ben's inspirational story of surviving premature birth, collapsed lungs and death in ICU at birth, is highlighted further by his drowning at five-years of age in a swimming pool in Belgium, which only served to enthuse him and drive on his love of water and the sea.

I can fully understand this, having been fully killed by a random meteor strike aged seven. Literally all they found were a few bits of gristle in the crater. But it only strengthened my love of astronomy, in fact the very next Christmas I asked for a telescope, and I still have a picture of Tim Peake on my bedroom wall.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TransitionTed wrote:
Thing of the Fountains wrote:
Ben wrote:
However, Ben's inspirational story of surviving premature birth, collapsed lungs and death in ICU at birth, is highlighted further by his drowning at five-years of age in a swimming pool in Belgium, which only served to enthuse him and drive on his love of water and the sea.

I can fully understand this, having been fully killed by a random meteor strike aged seven. Literally all they found were a few bits of gristle in the crater. But it only strengthened my love of astronomy, in fact the very next Christmas I asked for a telescope, and I still have a picture of Tim Peake on my bedroom wall.

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meh....I mean, who hasn't been killed by a random meteor strike, eh?

that said, this lad swims quite well for someone who has drowned Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thing of the Fountains wrote:
Ben wrote:
However, Ben's inspirational story of surviving premature birth, collapsed lungs and death in ICU at birth, is highlighted further by his drowning at five-years of age in a swimming pool in Belgium, which only served to enthuse him and drive on his love of water and the sea.

I can fully understand this, having been fully killed by a random meteor strike aged seven. Literally all they found were a few bits of gristle in the crater. But it only strengthened my love of astronomy, in fact the very next Christmas I asked for a telescope, and I still have a picture of Tim Peake on my bedroom wall.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I couldn't understand how he was still here if he'd actually drowned Rolling Eyes

It's not clear how he's actually doing it, but I assume he's getting out of the water and resting in the boat and then getting back in at the same GPS coordinates as he got out? The tracker shows that he's done 37 miles in nearly 5 days, so at that rate it's going to take him a hell of a long time to get there! Rolling Eyes His distance for the latest day is 6 miles in 5.5 hours.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
Yep, I couldn't understand how he was still here if he'd actually drowned Rolling Eyes

It's not clear how he's actually doing it, but I assume he's getting out of the water and resting in the boat and then getting back in at the same GPS coordinates as he got out? The tracker shows that he's done 37 miles in nearly 5 days, so at that rate it's going to take him a hell of a long time to get there! Rolling Eyes His distance for the latest day is 6 miles in 5.5 hours.


yep, i would guess it's not going quite to plan....unless he is positioning himself to pick up a current and has to do this hard bit first...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
Whisk wrote:
Yep, I couldn't understand how he was still here if he'd actually drowned Rolling Eyes

It's not clear how he's actually doing it, but I assume he's getting out of the water and resting in the boat and then getting back in at the same GPS coordinates as he got out? The tracker shows that he's done 37 miles in nearly 5 days, so at that rate it's going to take him a hell of a long time to get there! Rolling Eyes His distance for the latest day is 6 miles in 5.5 hours.


yep, i would guess it's not going quite to plan....unless he is positioning himself to pick up a current and has to do this hard bit first...


I don't think its really gone to plan at all so far. He was due to start earlier in the summer, plus there was a last minute crew change.

This Guy is planning on a New York to London swim next April https://www.newyorktolondonswim.com/
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This Guy is planning on a New York to London swim next April https://www.newyorktolondonswim.com/


He is only following directions from Google Maps...



http://googlesystem.blogspot.nl/2007/03/google-maps-shows-funny-directions.html
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
It's not clear how he's actually doing it, but I assume he's getting out of the water and resting in the boat and then getting back in at the same GPS coordinates as he got out?


I think we need to convince the LetsRun folk to sent a team out to swim with him just to prove he's not another Rob Young...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guy has died twice, so there's no doubting his resilience.
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