Thursday, August 29, 2013

Short post-swim 3rd double

After days looking at the weather, Mike found a short window to go.

It wasn't pretty conditions, I have left the channel without any permanent damage (I think), a fantastic jelly sting and some super pectoral girdle soreness,
but I am ready for dinner now.

Thank you so much to my crew, my partner Janet Galya and Seattle friend and Channel swimmer, Scott Lautman, who watched and supplied me with nourishment.
The CS&PF observers, Mike Ball and Laura Austin.
... my pilots, Mike Oram and James Willi. Mike knows me too well as a swimmer, enough to help me to make the turn in France, when I really did not want too, I had no injuries, no reasons not to get out, other than to be able to get into the warm bunk on board, but there was no way I heading back to France for a 3 way in those lumpy seas.

Respect your decisions, and be proud of your accomplishments ( I sure am proud of #13 and 14,

24hr, 16 min.).

More to come, but not tonight, almost zzz time

Dream, prepare, succeed

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We SWIM on August 28, come follow us. :)

Hi everyone,

A BIG Thank you for all your support and interest this past summer, all is well and I'm ready for the...

... Final swim of the 2013 summer season...

The English Channel water (harbor) feels great, either I've acclimated for the temperature through my training or the few extra pounds of insulation I've put on is helping to keep me warm, I think it's a bit of both, and we are in the late season when the temps are the highest around 63 degrees F (17C).

I am hoping to make this a multiple crossing but everything is variable, with the weather, just keep watching the tracker.

Friend and crew member, Scott Lautman will periodically post updates (if possible) on my page and his page.

Mid-day tomorrow, Wednesday August 28th we will start our aqua-adventure.
We meet our pilot Mike Oram at 12:00 noon (GMT) and I should be starting my swim around
1 pm (GMT) .

 Important: If you are viewing on Window8, you may have trouble viewing the tracking... SOLUTION: download Google Chrome, copy and paste the address and it should work.

There are 3 ways to follow me through out the day and hopefully the night.
This is Mike's tracker, click on Gallivant when you get to the next page.
shows a variety of boats, updates may take more time.
...and I have a SPOT Messenger. I am sharing my location information with you. Click on the link to see where I am.

Just follow this link to see my location updates:

If the link doesn't work, try copying and pasting it to your browser's address bar.

... and remember we always swim for a cause.
The simplest way to donate is to visit my page at the Swim Across the Sound website,

The SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific needs, such as the funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships and support groups. This assists patients, families and the communities of Connecticut deal with the burdens of battling Cancer.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed
...and Thank you,

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunrise over Dover

The weather looks to improve for a possible Thursday swim, but I

will keep you posted.
In the meantime, Scott Lautman has arrived (including another story), Janet is cooking breakfast.... salty bacon/more like Canadian, eggs and brown toast. The harbor water is lovely, couple hours today.
Over and out :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Swim Across the Sound... Tomorrow

Hi friends,
... because we all know someone...

Tomorrow, Saturday August 3rd, is the 2nd of my 2013 summer swims. This year plans to have super crossing weather, with a great field of swimmers, pilots, crew, safety boats and volunteers to... make for SAFE a adventure. The swim starts at 8:30am ET for the 17 mile swim. I am sharing my location information with you as we cross Long Island Sound, from Port Jefferson, NY to Captain's Cove, Bridgeport, CT. Go to and see all the great things St. Vincent's Medical Center does for patients and families battling cancer.

Two English channel swimming friends are joining the field this year; from Mexico, Nora Toledano Cadena, and Texan, David Blanke ... look out for the jellies:)

There are 2 ways to follow me and the other swimmers.

1) The SwimAcrossTheSound has link to, Web Address:

Please select "Swim Across the Sound" from the event list, then click on solo swimmer or team name.

2) I also will have my SPOT Messenger working.

Click on the link to see where I am.

Just follow this link to see my location updates:

If the link doesn't work, try copying and pasting it to your browser's address bar.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed and Thank you,

So, come on down to the Cove on Saturday
Soak up the sunshine and sea air
Enjoy the music
Eat, drink, and socialize
And just be part of the excitement
First swimmers are expected to finish around 2:00 pm)

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.