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A NOTE FROM NEAL TO FRIENDS

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August 4, 2005

Dear Friends,

I, Neal Rayner, will be embarking on my swim of the English Channel from Dover England to Cap Gris Nez, France (or vicinity) sometime between August 8th and August 20th, 2005. This is my website full of information and pics.

In England, I will be waiting for my turn in the boat The Sea Satin, captained by Lance Oram of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation. The weather needs to be good enough to have a good shot at completing the swim. Hence, windy or stormy conditions that create swells much larger than 5 feet or extremely choppy conditions are something I will try to avoid. The swim will take me anywhere from 11-17 hours and is approximately 23.7 land miles long - assuming I don't miss Cap Gris Nez and have to swim another couple of miles.

According to the rules I will have only my Speedo, a swim cap and goggles. My support crew of Angie, Eric (my brother) and Dane will be feeding me Cytomax and gels every half hour or so through the swim. I can expect the water temperatures to be anywhere from about 60 F to 64 F during this time of year. There aren't sharks in the water, but jellyfish can become a real problem, as the water gets warmer.

If you are on the email group you will get updates of my swim as best as we can give from the boat.

You can also contact me while I'm in England.

Thanks for your support,
Neal
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