Rory to swim the Canakkale Straights to Raise Money for the DBF

We’ve been contacted by Rory Slater who is very kindly raising funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation by completing an extremely challenging swim in the footsteps (or should that be flipper strokes?!) of Lord Byron and Greek figure Leander. 

Rory swam the cross-Bosphorus race in July and, buoyed by his success, decided to give himself an even bigger challenge; the Hellespont or Canakkale swim. He will undertake this challenge on the 30th August and, as an added incentive for him and a very much appreciated bonus for us, decided to seek sponsorship in aid of the DBF.

Clearly at home in all elements, Rory spent 16 years flying at Kinloss, one of our favourite Bader Braves Young Aviators Days venues and where we held the first event of the Flying Day programme this year!

In Jul, I swam the cross-Bosphorus swimming race, a 6km, down-stream, cross-current, open-water event. 500m from land and with 50m of water below me, I doubted that I could finish, but an hour later I had! Stupidly, I have now decided to take on an even more challenging swim on 30 August… Rory Slater

If you’d like to sponsor Rory in his challenge and, through his brave efforts, donate funds to the DBF, you can visit Rory’s JustGiving Page where you will also find more information about the swim.

We are extremely grateful to Rory for this wonderful gesture and are sure you will all join us in wishing him the very best of luck. Better luck certainly than Leander, who unfortunately died in the attempt! (Perhaps best not to mention that…) 

Rory's route

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