On this charming, technology-laden fishing boat in the middle of the English Channel we must have said the words iPhone and Facebook over and over. Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have created technology that has enabled foreign revolutions to assemble and imprisoned hostages to be freed. On a much smaller scale, many of our friends back home were able to be a part of this English Channel challenge and I knew that the 9 of us out on that dark night were not alone. Through my iPhone and Facebook we were able to share so much of special moments of this swim. I couldn’t answer texts much because we were busy but I read every single one that came in out loud.
Some friends realized through Facebook that they were watching independently so decided to watch together and drink champagne.
One friend of ours couldn’t sit still and decided to go to church and get his parish to all pray for us.
My family texted me all night long.
Basically, when things were getting hard our friends were there.
His landing was dark, quiet and uneventful. Getting him back to the boat made me crazy and once he was on board he needed us. I have video of him hugging my arm and not letting go, as if to say just that. I fear I let some people down because I had to put my iPhone away and tend to him. But one of the first things I told him was that you all were watching.
I wasn’t the only one on the boat using an iPhone. Here are the Facebook entries made during the swim by our boat pilot, Lance Oram.