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Sea Donkey

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The DVD artwork of Sea Donkey, a swim documentary film about the North Channel crossing of Guernsey's Adrian Sarchet by James Harrison that won the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
Sea Donkey with Adrian Sarchet won the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association

Sea Donkey is an inspirational film and story of an ordinary man's attempt to swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland - probably the most brutal open water swimming challenge in the world. Taking on sea temperatures at the limit of human endurance and braving the sting of the formidable Lion's Mane jellyfish, forty something Adrian Sarchet faces the 19 miles of misery that is the North Channel. The documentary stalks the beautiful, funny and harrowing boundary between ambition and folly in extreme sport. It is a must-see for anyone inspired by the tenacity of the human spirit.

James Harrison, Filmmaker[edit]

James Harrison is a freelance filmmaker, cameraman, editor, and open water swimmer based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands who created Sea Donkey.

Adrian Sarchet, Protagonist[edit]

Adrian Sarchet of Guernsey is the protagonist of Sea Donkey who has completed six of seven Oceans Seven channels at the release date of the film.

Sea Donkey Trailer[edit]


Documentary of Adrian Sarchet's crossing of the North Channel by James Harrison

2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees[edit]

Sea Donkey won the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association among the following nominees:

1. 48 Braçades by Miquel Suñer (Spain)
2. Blue Journey Dangerous Waves Project by Bruckner Chase (USA)
3. Global Swim Series by Rob Kent & Dylan Kent (Canada)
4. LongSwimsDB by Evan Morrison (USA)
5. New York Open Water by David Barra, Rondi Davies & Alex Arévalo (USA)
6. Open Water Swim Academy by Dan Simonelli (USA)
7. Outdoor Swimmer by Simon Griffiths (Great Britain)
8. Sea Donkey with Adrian Sarchet (Guernsey)
9. Shark Bait by Dr. Seán O’Connell (Bermuda)
10. Swim Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
11. The Channel of Bones with Toni Enderli (South Africa)
12. Travessia do Leme ao Pontal by Adherbal de Oliveira & Renato Ribeiro Barbosa (Brazil)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination[edit]

Sea Donkey tells the story of Adrian Sarchet and his adventure across the North Channel. 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. For its inspirational message that the documentary delivers, for showcasing the unlikely transformation of an advocate to a risk-taking channel swimmer, for sharing the challenges and joy so prevalent in the sport of open water swimming, Sea Donkey is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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