Swim across the English Channel

The Waves train hard but have a lot of fun while they do it.

Sea swimming group The Waves started their stint across the English Channel last night at 4am. The plan was to go 24 hours ago but the weather turned and swimming was postponed for a day. The Waves were prepared for setbacks because in a business like this, it’s really the weather and the winds that dictate the possible swimming window, so they gave themselves seven days to start the challenge. They have used the time well over the past few days and now know Dover a little better and have been training as well.

You want to take advantage of the high tide

“We want to start swimming at high tide, because then the current is with us and that’s why we leave in the middle of the night”, explains Elsa Björk Valsdóttir, one of the Waves.

Sunday the group took advantage of the day to take a good final training bath, but yesterday they had planned a good day of rest, with good sleep, a little walking and good nutrition. Valsdóttir says the group still isn’t trying to turn back time, even though the swim is scheduled for 4:00 a.m.

Vigorous training

Valsdóttir says the training went well. “We’ve been training for this challenge for more or less two years and with more focus after last summer. We swam all the longer swims available at home last year, like

Urriðavatn

,

Saeunnarsund

and to

Viðey

“, and adds that the training was long and difficult.

The goal is 6 p.m.

“We plan to swim across the English Channel in 18 hours, where each swimmer takes three strokes. We hope that works out.” She says each swimmer swims for about an hour then gets on the boat and another goes into the sea and swims for an hour and so on until it’s time for the first swimmer to do his or her second turn.

The Waves will support the

The Icelandic Ostomy Association

with their endurance challenge.

The waves are Elsa Valsdóttir, Sigríður Lárusdóttir, Harpa Leifsdóttir, Jórunn Atladóttir, Guðmunda Elíasdóttir and Bjarnþóra Egilsdóttir.