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Andrea Gellan the 48 year old, mother of three from Dunfermline, who as part of a team, successfully completed a triple non-stop crossing of the English Channel last year, now intends to do the same again, this time in Scotland.

Andrea, who is also a Senior Lecturer at Falkirk College, broke two World Records in the process of raising funds for the RNLI Lifeboat at Kinghorn. By completing the double crossing of the Channel in 19 hours and seven minutes which was almost an hour quicker than the previous record and by finally completing three crossings, Andrea and her team became the first women's team to ever manage it. She now intends to obtain three further records, by becoming the first team ever to carry out a double and triple crossing of Loch Ness.

Loch Ness is the largest of three lochs located in the Great Glen which divides the North of Scotland along a line from Fort William to Inverness. The loch is large by British standards, being 23 miles long and a mile in width, and averaging 600ft in depth. Its catchment is hilly and wet, and is drained by 6 major rivers which flow into the loch. It contains over 2 cubic miles of fresh water, and the River Ness outlet, although only 5 miles long, is one of the greatest in Britain for average flow.

Andrea explained, " We all agreed that the triple crossing of the Channel was so much fun that we would like to attempt to cross Loch Ness. Although this has been done by a team before, we are hoping to beat their time record and then go on not only to cross it twice but to attempt to cross it three times! No one has ever attempted the double before, never mind the triple!"

"We are starting at 6am on Saturday 27th August, setting off from Fort Augustus to Inverness, then returning to Fort Augustus before heading back again to Inverness where we will finish. The distance we will cover is a total of 63 miles and will hopefully take us no more than 30 hours to complete. Thankfully, some of the volunteer lifeboat crew from Kinghorn have agreed to act as safety boat cover for us on the Loch."

Also undertaking the formidable task will be Jilly Bradshaw (40) accompanied by the youngsters in the team, all in their 20's, Lucy Roper, Pip Stibey, Dee and Lianne Llewellyn.

Andrea continued," All the girls have different charities that they are supporting, I hope to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI lifeboats, especially Kinghorn, and although I raised almost £1200 last year, I would hope to better that this time, given the well known generosity of the Scots! The water temperature will be around 13 -15 degrees centigrade in the loch and we will have to swim much harder as there will be less buoyancy afforded by the fresh water. We just hope that Nessie wont be hungry during the time we are crossing.........."

Anyone who would like to sponsor or donate some funds and give Andrea a good reason to succeed, can sponsor her at the website,