It was Father’s Day. Many fathers were spending the day with their families at a barbeque. Some were spending time on the golf course while others were at the beach. Some fathers and their families were at the lake.
Doug Comstock was in the lake – for 12 hours.
Comstock, an East Granby resident and a Canton High graduate, spent Father’s Day at West Hill Pond in New Hartford training for his attempt to swim across the English Channel in July. It was his last big training swim before heading to Europe.
Swimming 21 miles to cross the English Channel from Dover, England to Cape Gris Nez, France, which some folks consider the Mount Everest of open water swimming.
It’s not an easy swim. No wetsuits are allowed. You can’t touch the boat or use the boat to break a path through the open water for you. The water is frequently in the 50s and you have to deal with jellyfish. You are allowed to wear a swim cap and use nose plugs. Most swimmers cover themselves in grease to keep warm, protect themselves as best they can against the jellyfish and to cut through the water.Continue Reading