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

CS&PF Committee 

President: 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 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 eleven solo English Channel crossings 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: Boris Mavra - webmaster@cspf.org.uk
Boris is a former rower and four times solo Channel swimmer. He is responsible for the CS&PF website and online systems.

Vice Chairman: 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.

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: Mike Cross - mikecrossswimmer@yahoo.co.uk
Mike is a four time solo Channel swimmer with the first crossing completed in 2005. Mike has also completed various other swims around the UK such as a Loch Ness Solo.

Committee: Tanya Harding - tanyacharding@hotmail.com

Committee: Jim Boucher - jboucher.esys@googlemail.com
Jim is a former competitive swimmer who represented NI and still holds a number of NI Masters records. From Masters he moved to the Channel with the first of his seven relays in 2005. His second solo in 2011 made him Ireland's oldest man to cross the Channel. He keeps up his sprinting, albeit in icy winter conditions, and is a three times finalist at the World Winter Swimming Championships. An enthusiastic water polo player, he coaches at Charterhouse School and at Surrey University, where he will complete a Phd in Navigation in Geostationary Orbits (call it Rocket Science) in early 2017.Also Financially qualified, Jim brings a background in financial and commercial management to the CS&PF Committee.

CS&PF NEWS

Sandettie Lightship Observations

5am, 6th May 2016


Water: 50.5 °F (10.3 °C)

Air: 53.1 °F (11.7 °C)

Wind Speed: 9.9 kn (18.3 km/h)

Wind Direction: ESE (120°)

Channel Weather 

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the AGM (2pm) and Dinner (6:30pm for 7:15pm) today. https://t.co/ioU25JdkdU

3 months ago