I first met Mo in New York for my Manhattan Island circumnavigation. When Mo became aware of my swim and knew Roger and Lindsay were crewing for me, he so very kindly offered us his house in Brooklyn to stay in. Mo lived up to his larger than life reputation and I liked him immediately!!
Mo was on his last training preparations before heading to Dover for a planned two way English Channel solo swim. I wasn’t sure if I would be available to crew for Mo and return his kindness to me – however, I promised if I was, I would be there for him. Mo turned 65 in 2016 and this was how he chose to mark the occasion!!
As luck would have it, Paula’s swim happened early in her swim window. This meant I was absolutely available to crew for Mo. Mo travelled over from New York with his good friend Eri Utsunumiya. Eri kayaks for Mo on most of his training swims and adventures. She knows him very well. It’s always imperative to have someone close to you like this on such a challenge. The other crew member was Finbarr Hedderman. I was very pleased to hear this. I met Finbarr on the first training camp I did in Ireland. Finbarr is like a big, gentle, giant and a very experienced Channel swimmer. Mo affectionately called us, his crew ‘Misfits and Outcasts’. A great description I would say!
To say Mo has a complicated feeding regime is an understatement (sorry Mo)!! Finbarr and I were very happy for Eri to take charge of this and Finbarr and I would oversee delivering his feeds and being his support swimmers.