Sea Donkey in the media

Below is an archive of links with information on or relating to the Sea Donkey project – we’ll be updating this as more content arrives –

Guernsey press - 'The Magnificent Seven'

Double page spread on the Sea Donkey’s Ocean’s Seven challenge – ‘One question has the power to change your life – just ask high-achieving marathon swimmer Adrian Sarchet. More than a decade after his chance introduction to swimming, the ‘Sea Donkey’ has made good use of his Guernsey stubbornness to become only the 21st person to complete the Oceans Seven, a swimming feat often likened to the Seven Summits challenge in mountaineering…’

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Guernsey press - ' Sea Donkey: ‘I thought of my dear dad as Oceans Seven threatened to slip away’'

The end of his final Oceans Seven swim was ‘a blur of pain and effort’ but Carey Olsen lawyer Adrian Sarchet knew he had achieved his goal when he realised friend Mandy Mackelworth was swimming alongside him…

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Guernsey press - 'What a weekend of Sarnian success'

On land and in the sea it was a weekend of triumph for Guernsey’s sportsmen and women.

Top billing goes to long-distance sea swimmer Adrian Sarchet, who completed the Ocean’s Seven, only the 21st person and third Briton to do so, when he crossed the 14 miles of the Cook Strait between the two islands of New Zealand, and tennis player Heather Watson, who won her first WTA title since 2016 in the Mexican Open.

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Bailiwick Express - 'Success for the Sea Donkey!'

Guernsey’s Sea Donkey, Adrian Sarchet has completed his Oceans Seven Challenge – making him only the 21st person to ever do it.

For those of us who prefer keeping our feet on the ground, or at the least in a safer swimming pool, the Oceans Seven is a truly mammoth personal challenge…

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ITV - 'Sea Donkey' Adrian Sarchet completes Oceans Seven challenge

‘Guernsey long-distance swimmer Adrian Sarchet has become just the 21st person to complete the Oceans Seven after successfully crossing the 14-mile Cook Strait in New Zealand.

He battled turning tides to finish in a time of around 11 hours in what was the last of seven epic channel swims he has been undertaking since 2012…’

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8 To Complete 7: Adrian Sarchet Completes The Oceans Seven

“The Sea Donkey does it with a tough 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait in New Zealand on February 29th in 10 hours 48 minutes.
Adrian Sarchet became the first person from Guernsey to complete the Oceans Seven…after an 8-year journey around the world to cross seven difficult channels.

He used his last Oceans Seven swim to raise funds to improve accessibility at the pool at Beau Sejour in Guernsey.”

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Guernsey Press - News & opinion pieces - February 2020

“Sea Donkey eyes final Oceans Seven Swim”, news item & ‘Donkey spirit to make us all proud’, opinion pice by the editor.

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Cold Wet Bloke - 5 star review

“Sea Donkey is beautifully shot and is captivating and inspiring from start to finish. A must see film for swimmers, armchair swimmers and even non swimming (and possibly long suffering) families.”

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Iron Mike's Marathon Swims - Sea Donkey review

“Tenacity” is one of the adjectives used to describe Adrian Sarchet, resident of Guernsey, long distance swimmer and the 28th person to swim the Irish Channel, star of the film Sea Donkey”

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Viewer reviews of Sea Donkey on Facebook

“I watch a lot of sport documentaries but there’s honestly something special about this one”

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Sea Donkey is an award winner!

Sea Donkey is an award winner! World Open Water Swimming Association

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Bailiwick Express - Sea Donkey sees huge success

A film about one man’s attempt to swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland has surprised its star and its producer after fans demanded a fourth screening in Beau Sejour’s theatre…

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Guernsey Arts Commission - Sea Donkey wins category

We are so pleased to tell you that Sea Donkey won their category…

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Sea Donkey featured on ITV's Facebook page

Sea Donkey featured on the ITV Facebook page

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Marathon Swimmers Forum - Sea Donkey reviews

Reviews from viewers of the film

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Sea Donkey in Contact Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

Ady & James are interviewed in the November issue of Contact magazine, talking about the swim and the making of the film…

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Sea Donkey in the Guernsey Press Oct 21st 2017

Sea Donkey gets the cover of the Guernsey Press weekend supplement ‘The Week’. 3 inside pages and the cover featuring an interview with Ady and James the filmmaker.


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Sea Donkey Stubbornly Swims To Success

Adrian Sarchet has a stubborn streak – an extremely useful characteristic for a channel swimmer who often faces cold, rough patches of water – especially on his search to achieve the Oceans Seven.

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Six Widths in a Yellow Cap

An article about Ady over on the Swim Treck site, complete with some additional photographs

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Adrian Sarchet Openwaterpedia page

Ady’s page on the Openwaterpedia site which is a unique, comprehensive, multi-lingual online reference and research tool for the endurance sports, triathlon and aquatic community. It is great for research, reference and enhancing one’s knowledge and appreciation of the sport

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Have you written about Sea Donkey?

Please let us know if you’ve featured Sea Donkey on your site, magazine or channel, we’d love to hear from you!