I'm going to swim the English Channel sometime during the neap tide of Aug 8th-16th, 2012.
I just paid my pilot, Paul Foreman, $400 USD to get my spot reserved (Spot #2). That means that during the tide starting August 8th, he'll approach the first person with the best day to go. If they pass it up for any reason hoping for a better day, etc.... then he'll ask me.
There's no backing out now. I'm now financially committed.