Lynton's Channel Swim for Charity

English Channel Swim – 30 June 2017

North Channel Swim – 15 July 2017

This July 2017, HBM Lawyers Managing Partner Lynton Mortensen, will hang up his suit and don nothing but his Budgie Smugglers, goggles and cap to swim the English Channel and North Irish Channel back-to-back, to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

In 2016 Lynton raised over $35,000 for the same charity after an inspirational swim, completing the 20km Rottnest Channel Swim off the Western Australian Coast.

Lynton is doing it all again to help children in need, by tackling two of the world’s Greatest Ocean Swims.

Please support Lynton's epic English Channel and North Channel swims for kids and help him again to make a difference to the lives of hospitalised children and their families.

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The Swims

English Channel Swim – 30 June 2017

Regarded as the "Everest" of marathon swimming, the English Channel is the blue ribbon event for distance swimming worldwide. It is a 34km crossing, as the crow flies, from England to France, and is through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, where the Atlantic and North Sea meet. It is notorious for its unpredictable weather conditions, currents and tides. Three times as many people have climbed Everest than have completed a solo English Channel Swim.

North Channel Swim – 15 July 2017

The North Channel, running from Northern Ireland to Scotland is 35km with water temperatures as low as 10°C. It is considered to be one of the most difficult, challenging and cruellest Channel Swims in the world. It is an incredible goal to achieve for even the most hardened of swimmers.

The Challenge

Apart from the heavy seas, strong currents and thunderstorms, Lynton will need to face the infamous lions mane jellyfish which congregate in pods and can grow to be up to seven feet wide with tentacles up to 40 feet long. In the North Channel, the odds are heavily stacked against the swimmer with many attempts failing due to the cold unpredictable weather, jellyfish and hyperthermia.

The level of commitment and preparation required for a challenge like these momentous swims is nothing short of extraordinary. On top of the countless hours in the pool completing lap after lap, Lynton's training to date has included some of the world's most iconic ocean swims, both locally and overseas.

In September 2016, Lynton completed the Pillars of Hercules, the 17km crossing of the Gibraltar Strait between Spain and Morocco, where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea meet.

Lynton has participated in numerous marathon ocean swims on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and along Sydney beaches. He also attended cold water camps including Carlingford Ireland, Melbourne, mid-April this year, which included a 28km swim in Port Phillip Bay and most recently, a 25km swim in Coles Bay Tasmania.

In February this year, he trained extensively in San Francisco in 12 °C which included swimming out to Alcatraz and back, not to mention the iconic Bay Bridge to Golden Gate Bridge swim. He then returned to Western Australia to complete the 20km swim across the Rottnest Channel and then the 25km Port to Pub swim four weeks later.

The English Channel, North Channel and Gibraltar Strait are three of the Ocean Sevens long-distance open-water marathon swims considered to be the marathon swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits Mountaineering Challenge.