Courtesy of James Harrison, Guernsey across the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The weekend of the WOWSA Talks & WOWSA Awards will open up with the documentary film
Sea Donkey.

A fascinating insider view of channel swimming by filmmaker James Harrison about Adrian Sarchet‘s North Channel preparations and success was voted as the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Sea Donkey tells the dramatic and deeply touching story of Adrian Sarchet and his difficult challenge – an inspirational battle – across the North Channel,” described Steven Munatones.

The documentary, directed by James Harrison, celebrates the depth of the human spirit of an ordinary man, an advocate from Guernsey, who took to the open water with a passionate desire after more than a decade of lawyering. As he closing in on becoming one of the few people who have completed the Oceans Seven, Sarchet is now far beyond the poor health he had previously existed with. Sarchet transformed himself from a law-obsessed professional to a broad-minded adventurer. Through riveting interviews with the protagonist, pilot and crew amid beautiful imagery between Northern Ireland and Scotland, Sarchet’s personal journey is an improbable, mind-bending and astonishing path to becoming one of the world’s most adventurous extreme athletes.

Harrison dramatically captures and shares the challenges and joys so prevalent in the sport of channel swimming making Sea Donkey thoroughly enjoyable and well-worth watching.”

Sea Donkey joins the following past winners of the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year:

* 2012: SWIM Channel by Patrick Wrinkler (Brazil)
* 2013: International Ice Swimming Association by Ram Barkai (South Africa)
* 2014: Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign by Pádraig Mallon and Camlough Lake Water Festival (Ireland)
* 2015: World Ice Swimming Championships in Murmansk, Russia by the International Ice Swimming Association
* 2016: Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim (Turkey)
* 2017: Sea Donkey by James Harrison about Adrian Sarchet of Guernsey


Sea Donkey from Sea Donkey Productions on Vimeo in Guernsey.

​To watch Sea Donkey and listen to the 24 speakers from 12 countries across 4 continents at the WOWSA Talks & WOWSA Awards, visit here.

DVD artwork courtesy of Alex Digard.

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