Rebecca Tunstall completed the channel swim with her sister in 2009 and went on to lead a team of 6 women doing a relay to France and back in 2010. Her next challenge is the Strait of Gibraltar in 2012. Rebecca also coaches swimming with Thames Turbo Triathlon and Swim for Tri.
Here are Rebecca's top ten tips for channel swimming:
Planning ahead - Ideally book your boat 2-3 years before you plan on doing your swim. This way you will get the best possible chance of a good day. Each week long Channel Swimming window has 4 positions. First position gets the choice of the first good day that week and so on. First positions get booked up years in advance. Don’t worry if you don’t have years to wait though, both my crossings we were in 3rd position, they will set you off, it just means being very flexible and a lot more nail biting! Check out http://www.channelswimming.net/ for further information on booking a boat.
Get down to Dover –it’s the holy grail of Channel Swimming. Freda and the team do an amazing job on the beach. You pay a notional sum, usually around £20 a year and for that they will take care of you. The opening of the season is the first weekend in May and well
Swimwear brand Zoggs has been named ‘Swimwear Brand of the Year’ at the inaugural Sports Trade Awards. Beating off competition from Speedo, Aqua Sphere, Adidas and Arena, the award is recognition from the sports trade that Zoggs are increasingly seen as the Swim brand of choice.
Zoggs UK General Manager Peter Doyle said, “We are truly honoured to be the first winners of this prestigious new award. Being named ‘Swimwear brand of the Year’ means so much to us because it is genuine recognition from our trade customers. I’d like to thank all of those who voted for us and congratulate the Zoggs team on the enormous progress we’ve made in developing the brand in both the UK and Ireland.”
The event took place on the evening of Sunday 7th July 2013 at the Four Pillars Hotel Gloucestershire and was sponsored by Sporting Goods Business Magazine (SGB), Sports Traders Alliance Group (STAG) and the Federation of Sports & Play Asso