Bill Shipp One of the behind the scenes stories that the swimmers never know at the time: Sarah told us at or near the turn around that she was feeling cold. I kept notes in the log and watched her closely for signs of hypothermia. She seemed to be holding up well in all respects but Ryan and I were worried about her a little given the beating she took swimming against that nasty head wind for most of the first leg. We switched to the warm water feeds. We had several thermoses but soon found that a couple of them had gone cold after 12 hours on the boat. As we were running low on our supply, I radioed the command boat that we needed more warm water. At that time, two swimmers had pulled out and Phil managed to scavange and couple carafs of hot water from other support boats. As we used up that supply, our support boat No. 7 (the Lippons) motored ahead to Georgeville and rounded up two more carafs at the restaurant marina. The owners were excited to help. Those last carafs got us close enough to the finish.The entire team on the water (and the local community) was coordinating for Sarah and the other swimmers. It was an amazing experience to be a part of.
I’m also incredibly humbled by the dedication of my crew. Even though Ryan loves me, there are no rules that says he has to sit on a boat for 30 hours. I’m blessed that he’s willing to do so. And let me talk about Bill Shipp. What an amazing human he is. I could feel his kindness and strength and enthusiasm the entire swim.
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