to my webpage on www.hughtucker.co.za.
- Hugh Tucker reflects on Dions Channel
many thanks to Hugh and John from Aquatrails
as well as Jean from CISonline
for putting up this site for me.
I was reading back on a letter I wrote for the
masters news letter after completing my Blouberg - Robben Island
- Double, entitled, 'learning to crawl before you can walk', and
even though the event is a year old the content is as real today.
My crawling, no pun intended, started with a Robben
island to Blouberg crossing in 2003. I was in my infant stage until
the next year were a Simonstown to Muizenberg swim had me walking
tall and into the books of long distance swimming. The momentum
of completing the double in 2004 fueled the enthusiasm to sprint
as a long distance swimmer and the goals were set higher. Seconding
Hugh on his successful solo laid the foundation to wanting to be
the 19th South African to swim England to France across one of the
busiest shipping lanes in the world - the English Channel !
I leave on 25 July 2005 with a first slot swim
on the 28 July to 8 August neap tide, the water temperature is rising
steadily and if the Gods are pleased with me and I have good weather
I feel I have what it takes to be successful.
Juggling training with running a busy Veterinary
Hospital and time with the family, has left little time for anything
else. Intact getting into the right head space to do a 36km swim
means many activities have to be on the back burner, and life becomes
I have been blessed with some sponsors especially
"Cape Holiday Destinations", "Hills
Pet Nutrition"' and "Houtbay cellular".
Many friends and clients are to numerous to mention have all made
financial contributions to help me make my dream come true.
Many, Many thanks to all of you.