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CoachStuartMcDougal 08-31-2016 03:33 AM

Coach Jai Evans ROCKS the English Channel
Big CONGRATS to Coach Jai, TI UK, wrapped up his solo swim across the English Channel today in 13.5 hours! Jai was on the TI6 relay team in 2014 and now his solo swim today swimming in honor and memory of his friend Susan Taylor who lost her life in her EC attempt just a mile from the French shoreline in 2013. Also - another swimmer, ultra-Ironman, Nick Thomas - who died last just last Sat 15 hours into his English Channel swim. Can you imagine the doubt of any swimmer crossing today? Wow!

Read Jai's story here:

Please join Jai's SwimStation fb page (and Twitter), he has so many pearls of swim wisdom for ALL levels of swimmers:

And to quote Coach Dave Cameron: "There are few coaches or swimmers I hold in as high regard as Jai Evans. His passion for his life's work and his involvement with so many kids and adults in coaching, would impress anyone in the trade, and he has brought so many people along on his journey up to this point".

Join in and wish Coach Jai CONGRATS -- and there's still time to donate to a fantastic cause he was all about and swimming the EC!


woodwards26 08-31-2016 09:53 AM

Still time to help Jais total up
I had 10 lessons with Jai last year where he helped my swimming enormously .If you are in the uk and struggling to improve he will find what's holding you back and show you how to sort it.
Meanwhile still time to help him get his total up for a deserving cause .

Well done Jai

John Woodward

CoachStuartMcDougal 08-31-2016 09:35 PM

Agreed John! I saw Jai at the Coaches Summit last May. We had a few lake swims with all the coaches and Jai picked out an error in my left recover I've been struggling with for some time. The source of the problem was not the path of my recovery arm, but rather my left side extension - hyper extending from left shoulder added tension (to shoulder) causing me to lift a bit from elbow at recovery exit near hip triggering some instability in my vessel and shoulder discomfort. Jai told me just let gravity take my left arm to extension allow the shoulder to stay in its socket - don't over extend. This focus removed tension in my left shoulder, allowed my left recovery arm to easily swing away from the body (no more subtle elbow lift). And no more shoulder discomfort and find air much more easily off the left shoulder. Jai recognized the source of the recovery error within a few strokes and had an immediate and precise remedy for me to use. Nice!

Here's a photo of Jai "feet dry" standing on the Rocky French coastline and his crew too:

Correction: Jai's swim time 13:09 and only +20 mins from the overall relay time in 2014. Excellent!!

s.sciame 09-01-2016 07:56 AM

Great achievement, the English Channel is the Everest of swimming!

I was watching these videos:

Don't know if that pool is 25m or 25y, anyway it's really impressive how he can hit 16SPL at tempo 0.97 being only 5ft 1 tall.


CoachStuartMcDougal 09-02-2016 03:04 PM

Hi Salvo,

It's 25m pool, 16 strokes. Impressive stroke length at 1.25 meters at 60 spm (.97 tempo) which puts him at 1:14/100m pace. At 155cm in height, he's moving forward 80% of his height on each stroke, Sun Yang is around 75% - so really impressive stroke length. 60spm is roughly his open water, long distance tempo as well.


Zenturtle 09-02-2016 06:18 PM

I dont think he is swimming the channel at 1.14/100m pace at 60 strokes/ min, so what is his stroklength at that rate using his channelswim swimstyle?

CoachStuartMcDougal 09-02-2016 07:05 PM

Coach Jai's pool and open water stroke are pretty much the same, 60spm and 2bk. In open water, lumpy conditions, currents, etc I would guess avg stroke length shortens to 1.1 meters and that's roughly 70% of his height - and would put him at 1:25/100m pace or so (in neutral current).

I don't have any footage of Jai for his solo crossing, but here's some footage from the EC relay, Aug 2014. He's at about 60spm and gentle 2bk:


Zenturtle 09-03-2016 06:05 AM

He has a nice `walking with the arms` style there.

ScoopUK 09-03-2016 07:18 AM

Very cool achievement. As a former channel diver and boat operator out of Dover I can tell you those waters are very hostile. You get very little slack water, even at neap tide with over 5 metres of water moving through that channel. Then there is the cold water and shipping. I used to feel uncomfortable bobbing on the surface in a drysuit and dive equipment waiting for collection by boat, let alone swimming in budgie smugglers.

Taming the channel must be like being awarded your black belt.

CoachStuartMcDougal 09-03-2016 11:49 PM

Hey Scoop,

Characterizing the English Channel waters as "very hostile" - I can't think of a better set of words. Every swimmer will hit hostile waters in the EC, some swims more hostile than others. The stats are roughly 50% success; only 50% of EC swims are successful - completed the swim. The other 50% are pulled due to weather or other issues, as well as death.

There are 1687+ recorded solo crossings of the EC. In contrast to those that have climbed Mt Everest, the numbers are a bit rough, but 5,100 attempts, and around 4000 made it to the summit. New climbing equipment since 1990 have reduced fatality rates significantly.

The first to summit Mt Everest, Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Norgay in May, 1953. The first to swim the EC, Capt Matthew Webb, August, 1875 (21hours 45mins!). There have have been ~1687 successful EC crossings over 142 years verses ~4000 successful accents of Mt Everest in 66 years is a sharp contrast.

I don't want to imply swimming EC is more hostile than climbing Mt Everest - both are incredible feats and very hostile environments - but swimming the EC is right up there, top 10 or higher. The only equipment allowed are swim cap, goggles, speedo - optional ear plugs.


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