Friday, June 27, 2014

Dover day2

Is there something wrong with me,

I am so RELAXED.... I guess 20 years has prepared me for this upcoming swim.
The water is so comfortable (temperatures in the low 60's), Hammonasset State Park, back in CT was way colder last weekend, but things can change quickly here,

probably not for my swim, but maybe for other swimmers coming up through season.

Today was a usual day in Dover, waking at my usual time in CT (4:30ish AM), start up the coffee and do some computer work.
After poached eggs and a light nap (not the norm, but guess I was tired from the travel), we went down to the beach for a 2 hour swim.
Met some new swimmers, one from Australia (the channel virgin, he said it, not me), a couple of swimmers from a San Francisco relay team, and Rohan from India (we swam for a good 90 minutes together), very nice to have the company.

Janet and I had a light lunch after a most wonderful hot shower, (this is the only time I like HOT water), actually I have to be careful because my body is very cold and I could be scalded by the water without even noticing.
A bit more of shopping, starting to get supplies for the upcoming day, we started a jigsaw puzzle, so much fun, I forgot how much I LOVE to do them.

Mike Oram (long-standing pilot) contacted me, and I think we are in for the 20th Anniversary swim on June 30th, so far everything is falling into place.

I will be calling him tomorrow, but it looks pretty good for us the meet at 11:30pm, Sunday night, and I will start my swim 12:30am (June 30th)... I could be done by noon-time if I get decent condition and I stay focused,
Everything is falling into place for my 15th and American Record setting swim.

I'll be in touch tomorrow.

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.