The challenge of swimming the English Channel is stupendous. Swimmers will have to brave not only the vastness of the sea and all the elements, but also face their inner demons and weaknesses. Cold water, currents, waves, fog, sudden weather changes, cargo ships, jellyfish, swimming in the dark, increasing fatigue, doubt, fears and hours of solitude force the swimmer to dig deep to be able to reach the “Golden Shore.”
For Adriano Passini the English Channel was something like a myth in his youth – fascinating, but impossible to achieve. His life changed when he started to practice meditation. Inspired from within and by his teacher Sri Chinmoy`s philosophy of inner and outer self-transcendence, he decided to take up the challenge.
In he book, he shares the joys and hardships of his two-year-journey of physical and spiritual preparation and reveals to the reader how, with sincere dedication, the power of the heart, and God`s Grace, seemingly impossible dreams may become a reality.
Team-member and first UN-member to swim the EC solo in 1985, Adhiratha Keefe, after reading the book, on its merits for swimmers, athletes and "normal" people:
"This book is one of the best I have seen on the subject. It covers how to increase chances of success, what is out of the hands of the swimmer and what will likely contribute to failure. ... A most inspiring telling with great tips that are very readily applied to other sporting and life events....The attempt to capture the inner lessons, seeing everything as a practice session for the next life adventure, was remarkable in its sensibility and practically."
Interview with Adriano after his English Channel swim in 2013 on→ vimeo
"An English Channel swim will always be a battle of one small, lone swimmer against the savage vastness of the open sea." - Michael Read, MBC, King of the English Channel (1979 - 2005) with 33 EC solos, President of the CSA
"Nothing great is easy." - Famous quote by Captain Matthew Webb, first person to successfully swim the English Channel unassisted in 1875
"If you want to successfully swim across the English Channel – you have to leave any doubt on the beach." - Lewis Pugh, pioneer swimmer and ocean advocate
No equal." - Sri Chinmoy
The book will be available on Amazon shortly. It can also be ordered here:
For US/Canada: HEART-LIGHT
P.O. Box 85464,
Seattle, WA 98105
For Europe: THE GOLDEN SHORE VERLAGSGES.MBH
Austraße 74, D-90429 Nürnberg
Tel. +49-0911-28 88 65