Philip has all the equipment and personnel organized, is an expert on the tides and weather, and says that all the swimmer has to do is show up. And he has selflessly organized and officiated 300 swims over about 30 years.
Since he only books 8 to 10 swimmers a year, I have had to wait since 2013 for my chance.
Yesterday he wrote to me that all I have to bring is "your swimming stuff like your food, togs (swimming outfit), goggles and caps". With regards to hypothermia and sharks, he says, "be assured we only have your best interests at heart."
He also writes, "we will give you our best shot to become the most mature female and the first Canadian."