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Please support the Irish Sea Crossing effort

This is a serious challenge that I hope will be worthy of your support.
Please get involved and be part of what is a bit of a crazy idea to help two very worthy charities - thanks.
Chris Todd.
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Thanks to QinetiQ

SponsorshipPosted by Chris Todd 17 Sep, 2012 20:10:41

Thanks enormously to QinetiQ for provision of the fuel for the safety boat.

The safety boat is a massively important part of the crossing and although provision had been made for a smaller safety boat…this fuel will allow the use of a larger, more capable boat, which will improve the safety aspects for this crossing attempt.

To find out more about QinetiQ visit their website at www.QinetiQ.com

So a truly massive thanks for provision of a very vital part of the Irish Sea Crossing attempt.

Chris

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8 hour Training Session - Done!

UpdatesPosted by Chris Todd 09 Sep, 2012 22:22:46

Longest training session to date completed today smiley. New all time record. 8 hrs.

Link to Facebook page for video...http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151029072816809

The summary: mainly good, some highs and lows, nothing hurts too much. Very tired though, in energy terms it was like running two back-to-back marathons - I will sleep well tonight.

The Stats: 8 hrs, 6 minutes.
Calories out = 6348 (c. 800/hr, about the same as a light - moderate jogging pace).
Calories in = 1360 (4 bananas, 4 crunchy bars and a bit of chocolate. Not enough).

Deficit = 4988 Cals

1 g of body fat = 9 Cals, so if this deficit is true I will have lost 0.5 kg of body fat on this session and this could mean up to 3 kg on the 48 crossing, although I hope carb drinks (not used today) will help pump in more calories.

Steps taken = c 31, 500
Height climbed (in wheel) = c14, 500 ft
Distance walked (in wheel) = c 12 miles

The bad bits:

"Man chaffing" started at about seven and a half hours in. I should know better, but thinking I "only" had half an hour remaining, I did nothing about it. Now I am suffering the consequences. I expect the chaffing problems to be worse in the salty sea air. Hmmm. Body Lube or Vaseline?

"Wobbliness" set in at about five hours in, same as the last training session. I managed to fight it until the end of the session, but it is a worry. It is a bit like being on one of those fairground rides, where you walk thought a rotating tunnel and end up losing your balance. I am hoping that this effect is more easily felt on a static training rig - as I haven't felt in during the sea trails.

Overall, very pleased...8 hrs is 1/6 of the expected crossing time.... and now looking forward to the longer training sessions still to come!

Cheers.

Chris.

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Yachting-pages.com

Press CoveragePosted by Chris Todd 09 Sep, 2012 21:21:34

5 Sept 2012. Pains Wessex sponsors charity Irish Sea crossing in giant ‘hamster wheel’.

The world’s top marine distress signal brand Pains Wessex is sponsoring a charity fundraising bid to ‘walk on water’ across the Irish Sea.

Adventurer, engineer and athlete Chris Todd, from Wiltshire, is planning to walk non-stop across 66 miles of the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland in a giant human ‘hamster wheel’

more...
http://www.yachting-pages.com/superyacht_news/pains-wessex-sponsors-charity-irish-sea-crossing.html



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Thanks to Jewson

SponsorshipPosted by Chris Todd 06 Sep, 2012 20:38:05

Thanks very much to Jewson for provision of buoyancy foam (by way of an 8x4 ft panel of building insulation).

With all the additional gear that is needed for the Irish Sea Crossing the raft is running pretty close to maximum load capacity. This extra buoyancy foam will be added to provide a bit of a “comfort factor” so that I have a bit more buoyancy margin, should I need it.

I have to say, that I was very impressed with how swiftly and heartily Jewson responded to my “random request” for foam to help me walk across the Irish Sea!

So thanks to Jewson for being so supportive about my effort to support two great charities.

To find out more about Jewson visit their website at http://www.Jewson.co.uk

Chris

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Top Web Links

ResourcesPosted by Chris Todd 05 Sep, 2012 01:57:55

Monitor shipping movements: http://marinetraffic.com/ais/

Weather forecasts: http://www.xcweather.co.uk/

Sea State forecasts: http://magicseaweed.com/

Holyhead info, including tides: http://www.holyheadport.com/

Welsh Sea State info: http://www.windfinder.com/report/wave/aberporth_buoy
[windfinder - good resourse]

Irish Met and Sea state info:
http://www.met.ie/marine/marine_map.asp

http://www.met.ie/latest/buoy.asp [bouy reports…M2 and .M5 = irish sea]

http://www.met.ie/marine/buoy_locations.asp [lat long of bouys]

http://www.met.ie/forecasts/coastal.asp [crossing reports and forecasts]

Webcams for sea state info:
http://www.oceanscene.ie/lahinchsurfingcentersurfwebcam.html [west coast of Ireland in bay]

http://78tramore.home.dyndns.org/view/index.shtml [Southern coast of Ireland in a bay]

http://www.strandhillsurfschool.com/page/north_end

http://www.strandhillsurfschool.com/page/main_beach [west coast of Ireland in a bay]

http://www.bowwaves.com/sea_area_forecast.php

http://www.surfwales.com/cams/cams.htm [good resource for multi webcam sites along west wales coast]

http://www.meteosurfcanarias.com/webcams/new/beach-cams-galway-cork-dublin-country_ireland.php [collection of webcams]

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Geeks and Paddles

Tredalo RaftPosted by Chris Todd 05 Sep, 2012 01:50:00
During the last lake test...I conducted some geeky testing to determine the optimum paddle depth (the submerged paddle depth on the Tredalo prototype can be altered).

The findings were very interesting and allowed my to fix the selected paddle depth for the crossing attempt with some confidence. This will give me some peace of mind that I won't be toiling away with an inefficient craft....(and I'll say it before someone else does......yes I know paddle wheels were phased out because they are inefficient, and propellers are better - but that's not the point, is it?).

So, having had a good result and having eliminated yet another unknown / variable and having plowed effort into a possible crossing this weekend (abandoned due to changing weather forecasts) - I must really get on and do some training!

Next session should be 8 hours. OUCH (and YAWN)! So I'll provide an update when that happens...

Chris.

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Maritime Industries - Pains Wessex sponsors charity Irish Sea crossing in giant ‘hamster wheel’

Press CoveragePosted by Chris Todd 05 Sep, 2012 01:37:40
3 Sept 2012. Pains Wessex sponsors charity Irish Sea crossing in giant ‘hamster wheel’.

The world’s top marine distress signal brand Pains Wessex is sponsoring a charity fundraising bid to ‘walk on water’ across the Irish Sea.

Adventurer, engineer and athlete Chris Todd, from Wiltshire, is planning to walk non-stop across 66 miles of the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland in a giant human ‘hamster wheel’

more...
http://www.maritimeindustries.org/News/pains-wessex-sponsors-charity-irish-sea-crossing-in-giant-hamster-wheel

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Yachting Monthly - Hamster man to cross Irish Sea

Press CoveragePosted by Chris Todd 05 Sep, 2012 01:34:22
Mon, 3 Sep 2012: Hamster man to cross Irish Sea. Dick Durham

Adventurer, engineer and athlete Chris Todd, from Wiltshire, is planning to walk non-stop across 66 miles of the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland in a giant human ‘hamster wheel' ......

more....
http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/news/532558/hamster-man-to-cross-irish-sea

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