Thank you Andrew Burgess, “Doctor Andrew Computer Services and Regular Computer Maintenance,” for your kind donation of ongoing computer education and computer care. Given that my computer skills are very minimal this is an extraordinary gift and I look forward to you being part of the team!
“Sweet Talk and Lace” owner Marolyn Reitmar
donated 2 full sets of UV and jellyfish protection wear – 2 turtleneck
sweaters, 2 pairs of tights, and 2 bikini bottoms, as well as organized a
Rotary lecture for me. Thank you!
Dawne Deeley, now for the fifth time, has chosen
to support me financially, this year with 8000 $ in postdated checks. This will
bring the total of her phenomenal support over 5 years swim seasons to an
incredible 24000 – yes, twentyfourthousand!! Dollars! Thank you, Dawne, without
you, I would simply not be able to do the swims! You have redefined what
it means to be a “good neighbour”! 2011
Thank you, Sola Adenekan and Chris Caseber, for accommodating me from
December 11th to the 25th at your beautiful home in Cabo Pulmo. You provided a
calm refuge at the end of my Mexican swim. Your kindness, generosity and warmth
meant the world to me and helped me to spend some time with the magical sharks
on the reef.
Thank you, Alfonso Beltran for sharing a beautiful Christmas dinner with me
and your wife. Thank you also for hosting me that night and driving me to the
airport the next morning for my journey to Costa Rica.
Thank you, Joaquim Beltran Quibrera for a nostalgic Christmas lunch at your
beautiful home, and for offering to host me during my next Baja swim.
Thank you, Richard Thomas, for volunteering five days of your life to be my
boat support from 5am to 5pm everyday and keeping me fed and watered all through
these long days! Thank you also for organizing my media interviews, school
presentations and excursions during my two weeks in Barbados. Thank you for
organizing my transportation to the airport, too!
Thank you to Peter Harris, Pacifica Paddle Sports, http://www.pacificapaddle.com/, for the use of a single and a double
kayak for boat support, and $40 for a cash donation!
Thank you to
Daniadown Bedding Store on 2492 Beacon Avenue in Sidney for the donation of a
Sherpini Throw to warm me up after a long, cold swim!
Thank you to
Eureka! Johnson Outdoors Canada for the donation of an E Lite Drybag XL, an
Armatech Blue 50L Drybag, and Klear 20 Drybag, and a Aurora 1 Expedition Tent.
Thank you also for repairing the drybag you gave to me last year! I am so
pleased to be sponsored by a major outdoors equipment company!
to Eric Swanson and Dogwood Initiative for partnering the Saanich Inlet swim
with me on such short notice and for providing an excellent media advisory that
brought a very large media presence to the swim and its environmental
Thank you to Silvan Herberger, my beautiful 22 year old son, and
an excellent athlete in his own right, for paddling beside me for 9 hours! Thank
you for all the encouragement you gave me on that long day!
Thank you to
Indigo and Geo Melville for accompanying me in a two person kayak and feeding me
endless amounts of chocolates and hot tea!
Thank you, Ben from Tsartlip
First Nation for accompanying me when you found me all alone in the Saanich
Inlet. It was important to me to have a First Nations presence on this swim and
you were there exactly when you were needed. You must have heard my
Thank you, Susan Clark, for providing a refuge for the kayak
support team, lovely snacks to keep them going and a heavenly bathroom which by
the time they arrived was beyond urgent! Thank you for all the lovely colorful
flags so we could not miss you! And thank you for the snacks sent along for me
on the kayaks.
Thank you, Laura Phoenix, for the lovely picnic dinner at
Chalet Beach, and the beautiful mermaid costume you wore to spur me
Thank you, Dr Eric Backhouse from City Chiropractic, www.citychiro.ca, for being on
my medical support team. I am so honored to have you provide me with free
chiropractic treatments whenever needed to optimize my athletic performance
during the swims.
Thank you, Petia Stefanova from Kinet-X, for a
wonderful massage and being part of my medical support team!
Waterfall, for a therapeutic massage and a cash donation of $100.
you, Eric McNiece, for maintaining my website as a volunteer effort since June
YOU, DAWNE DEELEY, FOR YOUR ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTION OF 7500 $ – SEVEN THOUSAND
FIVE HUNDRED $ – TOWARDS THE ALMOST 6 MONTHS OF MARINE SANCTUARIES SWIMS. YOU
HAVE BELIEVED IN ME FROM THE BEGINNING AND HAVE BEEN MY MOST SIGNIFICANT
SPONSOR. WITHOUT YOU, I COULD NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DREAM VENTURING WHERE NO ONE HAS
SWUM BEFORE – ALL 4422 KM, SO FAR!
THANK YOU, LAS ORCHIDEAS INN, www.orquideasinn.com, FOR
THE MOST WONDERFUL 3 LAST DAYS OF MY COSTA RICA SWIM. THANK YOU FOR THE
WONDERFUL TOUR OF THE VOLCANO POAS, THE AIRPORT DROP OFF AT THE CRACK OF DAWN,
AND ALL THE WONDERFUL MEALS, INCLUDING DINNER WITH THE OWNER AND
THANK YOU, RECREO, www.recreocostarica.com,
FOR 7 MAGICAL NIGHTS IN YOUR FANTASTIC VILLA 5, INCLUDING MY OWN POOL, AND ALL
THE MEALS, AS WELL AS THE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MY SWIM BASE, AND THE
ORGANIZATION OF MY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS! THANK YOU TO THE OWNERS CHRISTINE AND
EDUARDO FOR HOSTING ME THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, IN ONE OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS
LOCATIONS IN ALL OF COSTA RICA!
THANK YOU TO MINAET AND THE AREA DE
CONSERVATION GUANACASTE, PARQUE NACIONAL DE SANTA ROSA, ISLAS DE MURCIELAGO, FOR
7 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION AT THE SERENE MURCIELAGOS, ISLA SAN JOSE FIELD
STATION.THANK YOU TO THE PARK WARDENS CHRISTIAN AND SAMBA FOR TAKING CARE OF ME
AND THE 2 BOAT CREW THERE! CHRISTIAN, YOUR WONDERFUL MEALS WILL NEVER BE
THANK YOU, SUGAR BEACH HOTEL, www.sugar-beach.com, FOR HOSTING AND
FEEDING ME FOR AN INCREDIBLE 11 DAYS AND NIGHTS! A SPECIAL THANKS TO OWNER SARAH
FOR GRACEFULLY OPENING YOUR DOORS TO ME FOR THE EXTRA 4 DAYS ABOVE THE
ORIGINALLY ARRANGED 7 NIGHTS, DUE TO THE TSUNAMI AND CHANGES IN THE LOGISTICS OF
MY SWIM! THE LOVE AND WARMTH I EXPERIENCED AT YOUR HOTEL WAS EXTRAORDINARY, AND
I SO ENJOYED ALL THE COURSES IN THE COMMUNITY YOU ARRANGED FOR ME TO TEACH!
THANK YOU ALSO FOR SETTING UP MY STAY AT YOUR SISTER HOTEL LAS ORQUIDEAS IN SAN
JOSE DURING MY DEPARTURE DAYS!
THANK YOU, RIPJACK INN, www.ripjackinn.com, FOR 7 NIGHTS OF
ACCOMODATION AND MEALS IN BEAUTIFUL PLAYA GRANDE! A SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR THAT
AMAZING ARRIVAL DINNER OF THE BEST LOBSTER I HAVE EVER EATEN, AN INCREDIBLE
TREAT TO BE ENJOYED ONCE EVERY DECADE OR SO!
THANK YOU, JOYCE SHANAHAN, FOR YOUR KIND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION OF 140$
TOWARDS THE BOAT CAPTAIN OMAN IN BAHIA DRAKE, AND JOINING MY SWIM FOR ONE
THANK YOU, HOTEL ARENAS DEL MAR, FOR 8 NIGHTS ACCOMODATIONS WITH ALL
THE MEALS INCLUDED IN A TRULY MAGICAL LOCATION, MANUEL ANTONIO
THANK YOU, NOSARA PARADISE RENTALS, FOR 2 DAYS OF BOAT SUPPORT FOR
SWIMMING FROM THE NOSARA BASE!
THANK YOU, DK DAVID KINSEY AND DRIFTERS
KAYAK TOURS, FOR A TRULY WONDROUS DAY OF KAYAK SUPPORT FOR SWIMMING FROM PLAYA
GARZA TO PLAYA PELADA, ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22!
THANK YOU, HOTEL HARMONY
NOSARA, FOR 7 NIGHTS OF ACCOMODATION AND ALL THE MEALS, MY THIRD TIME RECEIVING
YOUR TRULY APPRECIATED SUPPORT!
THANK YOU, CAPTAINS AMADO FROM PRETOMA
AND EDUARDO, FOR 7 DAYS OF BOAT SUPPORT FROM MONTEZUMA TO NOSARA, FEBRUARY 10 TO
THANK YOU, HOTEL PUNTA ISLITA, FOR 7 NIGHTS OF ACCOMODATIONS
AND ALL THE MEALS, MY SECOND TIME RECEIVING YOUR ENORMOUS SUPPORT IN ONE OF THE
BEST HOTELS ON THE PLANET!
THANK YOU, EVA, FOR 4 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION AT
RANCHO CORAL, RIGHT ON THE BEACH IN ESTERILLOS OESTE, AND ALL THE
THANK YOU, KAYAK JACO AND OWNER NEIL KAHN, FOR A MARVELLOUS
DAY OF KAYAK SUPPORT FOR SWIMMING FROM ESTERILLOS OESTE TO PLAYA HERMOSA, AND
LOSING MY FEAR FOR SWIMMING ASHORE IN BIG SURF!
THANK YOU, DIANE SOBEL
GLOBERMAN AND DAN GLOBERMAN, FOR 7 NGHTS OF ACCOMODATION IN YOUR RENTAL
APARTMENT IN ESCAZU NEAR SAN JOSE, FROM DECEMBER 26, 2010, TO JANUARY 2,
THANK YOU, LUNA LODGE AND OWNER LANA, FOR 3 DREAMLIKE NIGHTS AT
LUNA LODGE INCLUDING ALL THE MEALS AND TOURS WHEN I WAS NOT TEACHING WORKSHOPS
TO STAFF AND GUESTS! THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL WATER CEREMONIES ON ARRIVAL, A
TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!
THANK YOU, ALFA ROMEO, FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE
FLIGHT FROM PUERTO JIMENEZ TO KARATE IN THE NAV. SEAT, BALANCING A NEW YEAR’S
CAKE ON MY LAP DURING HEAVENLY TURBULENCE!
THANK YOU, MINAET PUERTO
JIMENEZ, FOR 5 NIGHTS AT THE ISLA DE CANO FIELD STATION!
EUGENE AND CAROLINE MITCHELL, OWNERS OF LIQUID MAGIC, FOR 3 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION,
AND 1 SHEN ENERGY HEALING TREATMENT, IN PUERTO NUEVO, DOMINICAL, JANUARY 26 TO
THANK YOU, STEVEN LILL, OWNER OF CASA CORCOVADO, FOR YOUR KIND
DONATION OF $ 400 TOWARDS BOAT SUPPORT FOR THE SWIM THROUGH THE DRAKE BAY
THANK YOU, JONOTHAN MILLER, OWNER OF GUARIA DE OSA, FOR ALLOWING ME
ACESS TO YOUR BOAT AND CAPTAIN FOR 6 DAYS, JANUARY 16 TO 21, 2011!
YOU, JHONNY MENDEZ, STAFF WRITER OF DIARIO EXXTRA, FOR THE LOAN OF YOUR
TELEPHONE AND LINE, WITHOUT WHICH I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ORGANIZE MY SWIM WITHIN
COSTA RICA, – AN ENORMOUS SIGN OF TRUST IN ME!
you, H2O rafting adventures, for a wonderful rafting trip down the Rio Savegre,
on the 4. of February, my sonTaaniel’s birthday!
Thank you, Extreme
Rappell, for a superexciting day of waterfall rappelling on February 3,
Thank you, Jonathon Miller, owner of Guaria de Osa, for 2 days
accomodation at your lovely retreat near Drake Bay, and 6 days of boat support
so I could safely swim through the Osa Peninsula!
Thank you, Tao Watts, for 3
nights accomodation in Puerto Jimenez! Your homecooked meals were the
Thank you, Casa Corcovado, for 3 nights accomodation in your beautiful
lodge, and all the fabulous meals during that time!
Thank you, Aguila de Osa,
for 5 nights accomodation in Drake Bay, and all the meals! Thank you, owner
Bradd, for once again giving me the use of your bedroom!
Thank you, Cabinas
Dagmar, for 4 nights accomodation in Bahia Ballena, and arranging the TV