Thursday, August 30, 2018

Destination a Go

Marcella MacDonald

4:07 PM (9 minutes ago)
Hi everyone,

After my 2017 attempt being blown out, another year of training and waiting (you all have been so patient), and 2 weeks swimming around Dover Harbor, our swim day is here.

I have kept things relatively quiet, because many situations had to fall into place but we think the day is here to Test my LIMITS of endurance.

My pilot and friend, Mike Oram (Ajort)
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has worked hours plotting our course and if all goes well we will finish on the shores of Belgium, approximately 10 miles north of Dunkirk, France.

My supportive crew of Janet Galya (Amir), Scott Lautman (Aquaman) and Jane Murphy (Mamarita)
will feed, entertain and watch over me for the possible 30+ hours (in the water).
The plan is in place, 
Saturday, September 1, 2018, around 5 am (GMT)... midnight East coast USA.

We have FindMeSPOT tracker...

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.
or you can find us on the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation website  look for the green triangle: or toggle our boat...Gallivant

Many of you already know, I try to swim for a charity but with so many sad things happening around the world, I'll give you a few suggestions but if you have a special foundation you are helping, just give a little extra in our honor.

Our favorites: I wish there was a site for 'Peace on Earth' but in the meantime...
- world-wide the Red Cross or your local Red Cross Center
- a local homeless center in your area
- your local YMCA or Town Recreation department -to support swim lessons for all... helping to prevent needless drownings

Thank you for all your interest and support and I'll be reporting soon, hopefully a success story.
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.