A California man is the most recent swimmer to make swimming the English Channel goal a reality. No medals, just the satisfaction.
Jack Kautz swam the English Channel on Sept 8th, and did it in 15 hrs. 11 min.
Mr. Kautz is an avid outdoor enthusiast and land developer who has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and has plans to scale Mt. Everest by 2011.
“I started training seriously for the English Channel during the first part of May and was swimming somewhere in the ballpark of 50,000 yards each week,” adds Kautz “I'm getting older, my shoulders aren't as good as they used to be, and I figured that if I didn't do it now my opportunities may be far less in the future.”
The length of the course was 33 miles and Mr. Kautz began the swim in the dark at 3:45 a.m., it wasn't until he'd been swimming for three hours that the sun rose to let him see where he was going.
Jack Kautz had a boat close by to monitor his progress and supply him with drinks every half hour or so.
The swim even has a special stroke which is used buy most of those who attempt long swims such as this, called the channel stroke.
"You lean side to side, it helps pick your arm up. Leaning picks your arm up and over," he said.