Saturday, June 26, 2010

Jersey, the original one

JUNE 24TH, 2010

It was a long trip to the UK, a delay in Charlotte, NC forced us to arrive late at Gatwick , London airport late and I missed my scheduled flight on Flybe to Jersey.
I was so happy to see the smiling face of Sally Minty-Gravett upon arrival.

After a rest, Sally collected me and her home and off we went Bonne Nuit Bay for a light evening swim. I met some of the swimmers from the long distance swim club before we went down the boat launch into the chilly water, 15 degree C, just about 59F. This was a practice swim for some of the youth, who were going to be part of a swim demonstration on Saturday evening.

The weather is cooperating and I think we will swimming on Saturday.
Friday, June 25, 2010

After a restful evening, Sally and I are picked by Chantell Rose, for a early morning swim. Little St Margaret's is the destination, I remember the bay but we entered at a different location. Sally, Chantell and I swim out toward the lighthouse, while some older ladies were gathering for a dip and early morning BBQ breakfast, now that's the way to enjoy retirement.

Jersey is a paradise for anyone who loves water activities.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, the swim is on, the weather looks FANTASTIC. We will test the water tomorrow at 5:08am.
I must make sure everything is ready. Sally will crew for me, a prepared is ready, all she has to is add warm water to dilute the Maxim mixture.
The preparation is complete, now to the challenge.

Dream Prepare, Succeed.

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2015 ... Swimming for Homes for the Brave

After spending the past 20 years paddling from Dover to France, it is time to venture into new waters, while helping some special people.
Soon, I will be traveling with my A-team to Scotland to swim the length of the famous Loch Ness.
As always, I try to help a Foundation raise funds and awareness and I thank you for interest and support.
I am deeply troubled with the thought of homeless individuals, especially in our US Veteran population.

That is why I am teaming up with our Connecticut-based “Homes for the Brave”. Can you imagine not having a place to call home?

Here is more information about Homes for the Brave! -Facebook pages –

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs-

-Check donations can be mailed to the following address:
Homes for the Brave
655 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

- Donations can be made online as well:

Please write “Loch Ness Swim/Marcy” to track your donation.

I will always be dedicating my swimming to all those battling cancer and in the memory of 4 special people in my life. Cancer first hit my family when I was young. My grand-aunt Eleanor Kersavage, passed away with uterine cancer and my Auntie Bea Halchak battled with brain cancer.

On January 1, 2002, our LEHY family lost Nikki Giampolo to bone cancer, just turning 16 years old. Her spirit still lives on in our East Hartford swim team.

In July of 2009, my brother-in-law, Gregory Allen Urban, who passed away, after a valient battle with lung cancer. I can see him now, talking about cars and projects around the house, music and his family.

I know Aunties, Eleanor and Bea, Nikki, Greg and all the angels will help me CUT through all this water this summer.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, based in Bridgeport, CT provides financial support for the needs that Health insurance companies don't cover, in addition to providing affordable cancer screening, wigs, medication and other things to make life easier for those suffering with cancer and their families.

Please make a donation, and thank you.

Online donations can be made at:

or you can send a check through the post to:

Swim Across the Sound
St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Thank you so very much, peace and good health to all.