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Channel Swim Done !!

trilifedbby trilifedbJun 22nd 2010
Channel Swim Done !!
After the weather wrecked our plans to go on Sunday 20th, we finally set sail at 5:30am Tuesday 22nd June 2010 From Dover Harbour

The boat motored around to Shakespear¬' beach where Dan wearing speedo¬'s Belly flopped into the water and had to swim ashore. Once on Dry land Dan waited for the worn to blow to signal the start of this epic Crossing which started at 6:24 AM. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhMaP5Pgk_k

Dan did his 1st hour and then it was Chris¬'s turn to go, Chris did his hour and then Jon was off ¬- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1fz0LA83hMt


Then it was Sarahs turn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQzX1RM38Po

Then it was Pauls turn ¬- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Pj5aNPj3M


At 5 hours in we all felt good and we where secretly hoping for a finish in 13-14 hours.

The 2nd hour each of us did was across the busiest shipping lane in the world, all went swell!

Dan did his 3rd hour.

Chris did his 3rd hour - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKIFfS7PvNM


At 12 hours in and we are 3 miles from France Jon got in again ¬- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMN7zJ6zI2M



At 13 hours we are still 3 miles from France but heading down the coast. Sarah's in for her 3rd hour and we are taking bets on whether her or Paul will Finish.


Watching Jon Shiver is keeping rest of us warm by laughing- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLUzMXiGLgA


At 14 hours we are still 2-3 miles from France, but even further down the coast heading towards Calais. Paul Jumps in. We are all expecting Paul to finish it.


At 14:40 It dawns on Dan that he¬'s got to do another swim.


At 15 hours in Dan goes in expecting to hit land before his hour is up. The sun goes down so he's swimming in the dark, with tinted goggles on - Schoolboy Error! He can only just see the boat let alone the land!


At 15:45 hours in the skipper is talking of aborting the crossing as it's looking very likely that we will end up heading into Calais port. Suddenly the tide slack¬'s and we make some headway. The Team talk the skipper into letting us continue, which he does under the agreement if he say¬'s out the water now, that¬'s it finished!


At 16 hours Chris jumps in wearing glow sticks so we don¬'t lose him.


At 16 Hours and 36 minutes (23:00 English time) Chris swims into France, he's made it back onto dry land - WE¬'VE DONE IT !!!!!!


Once he¬'s back onboard and stopped the shivering, out came the champagne!!


It¬'s a 22 mile straight crossing we did over 35 miles -DOH

With youtube links at http://www.justgiving.co.uk/channelNo5swim
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Jun 26th 2010 17:51
Yippee! Well done, sound horrific to me credit to you!
Trevervaby member: Treverva, Jun 28th 2010 08:14
What an awesome achievement! Congratulations to all involved.
 
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