Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation "Nothing great is easy", Captain Matthew Webb

CS&PF Committee 

President: Nick Adams - president@cspf.co.uk
Nick is a teacher at Eton college and a well-known member of the Channel Swimming fraternity. Nick first crossed the Channel at 16 years of age. Two years later he completed a solo two-way swim of the English Channel. As well as eight solo English Channel swims to date, he has successfully completed many other long distance open water swims around the world. Nick commits a lot of his time helping other swimmers make their dreams come true.

Chairman: Michael Oram - michael.oram@btinternet.com
RYA Yachtmaster with commercial endorsement, Principal of Dover Sea School & RYA motor cruiser instructor, RYA instructor for practical and theory courses, First Aid instructor, VHF & GMDSS instructor, Radar instructor. British Sub Aqua Club Advanced Diver (30 years plus). RYA/DoT examiner, RYA Powerboat Instructor. Channel swim and unorthodox crossing pilot since 1982 (30 years). He has been involved in the organisation of Channel swims for 30 years, serving various positions on the committees involved. He has escorted in excess of 500 Channel crossings (74% success rate to date).

Vice Chairman: Julian Critchlow - JulianCritchlow@googlemail.com
Julian is a solo Channel Swimmer, and has remained in the sport to help other aspiring swimmers. Julian has dedicated a lot of time to the upkeep of the swimmers official database.

Honorary Secretary: Kevin Murphy - secretary@cspf.co.uk
Kevin is the official holder of "King of the English Channel" title at the moment, with 34 successful swims including three 2-way swims to date. He has been involved in Channel swimming for 45 years (since 1968) when he had his first successful crossing. He has successfully completed many other long distance open water swims around the world.

Treasurer: Kathy Batts - kathybatts1@hotmail.com
Kathy came into Long distance swimming some 38 years ago as a junior. In 1975 she was a member of the youngest mixed team to swim the English Channel and subsequently went on to do another 13 relays including the first 2 way relay by a British Ladies team. In 2011 Kathy was a member of the first Ladies team to swim around the Isle of Wight. Over the years Kathy has competed at County, Regional and National level in Lifesaving and Life guarding and won several National Championships as a team member and an individual. Kathy completed a Channel solo in 2013.

Committee: Lance Oram - lance.oram@btinternet.com
RYA Yachtmaster with commercial endorsement RYA Yachtmaster motor cruiser instructor. RYA instructor for practical and theory courses, VHF & GMDSS instructor, RYA powerboat instructor, RYA powerboat trainer. RYA/MCA examiner. RYA personal water craft instructor. Member of Ramsgate lifeboat crew (RNLI). CS&PF Channel swim and unorthodox crossing pilot since 1995 having escorted in excess of 300 Channel crossings (75% success rate to date).

Committee: Dr Sakura Adams - sakura.adams@gmail.com
Sakura is medical doctor and has successfully swam the English Channel solo. She has successfully completed many other long distance open water swims around the world.

Committee: Ian Down - i.down@btinternet.com
Ian is a two times solo Channel Swimmer, and has a great deal of experience as a corporate lawyer.

Committee: Eddie Spelling - esdrain@aol.com
Eddie is a RYA qualified skipper and pilot who runs "Anastasia" his escort vessel. He has been involved in Channel swimming since he moved to the coast from London.

Committee: Michelle Toptalo - mich.t@talktalk.net
Michelle is yet another solo Channel Swimmer on the committee, who lives locally and simply loves the water. She gives up much of her time each summer to help aspiring swimmers, and is a great source of local knowledge and tips.

Committee: Boris Mavra - webmaster@cspf.org.uk
Boris is a former rower and four times solo Channel swimmer. He is responsible for the CSPF website.

Committee: Mike Ball - mikeball@talktalk.net
Mike is a retired London Police Officer. He swam the English Channel in 2009 and is a member of the 'Half Century Club'. He now spends his time assisting aspiring swimmers to make their dreams come true.He has just been awarded CS&PF 'Observer of the year'.

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CS&PF NEWS

Sandettie Lightship Observations

9am, 8th September 2014


Water: 64.2 °F (17.9 °C)

Air: 61.9 °F (16.6 °C)

Wind Speed: 11.0 kn (20.4 km/h)

Wind Direction: NNE (20°)

Channel Weather 

Unofficial success on 2 October: 1-way solo Kate Todd, time 15:26, pilot Neil Streeter. http://t.co/yBpkTkrZzW

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