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The Long Swim


The Long SwimIt’s time to bring the message home

 

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The Long Swim


The Long SwimIt’s time to bring the message home

 

Check back here every day as Lewis sends in his thoughts, photos and updates on exactly how far he has managed to swim.

This swim will mark the beginning of a worldwide campaign to ensure that 30% of our oceans are fully protected by 2030.

Some 1,800 people have swum across the English Channel since Captain Matthew Webb famously first made it in 1875. But no one has ever done the same along its length.

 

 

Until this summer.

During July and August 2018, Lewis Pugh will attempt to swim the full length of the English Channel,
from Land's End to Dover, in just his cap, goggles and Speedo swimming trunks, as dictated by
Channel Rules.



The 560 km distance is the equivalent of 16 back-to-back English Channel crossings, and will take an estimated 50 days, depending on tides and weather.

He's looking forward to the swim of his life.


Thank you for the generous support of our Lead Partner FXTM.



Why here, why now?

Of the 750,000 square kilometres of seas around the UK, only 7 square kilometres are fully protected.

You read that right. A mere one hundred thousandth of UK waters are fully protected from exploitation.

The same holds for British overseas territorial waters such as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, one of the world’s most crucial biodiversity hotspots; less than 2% of these waters are properly protected.

This is outrageous.

This swim will mark the beginning of a worldwide campaign to ensure that 30% of our oceans are fully protected by 2030.


 

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