Dom’s put together a great little movie of our channel relay swim. If you get a chance, please have a look!
Thanks for all your donations. We’re so close to our fundraising target so if you haven’t donated but would like to then please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ChannelRelay
It’s going to be difficult to sum up the events over the last 36 hours. We had a fantastic team, who I know gave it their all. As Dom said to me in the car back (how he drove I don’t know), you could tell everyone had the same passion and the same determination to succeed and I could tell this by the look on the faces of people as they swam and as they clambered aboard after each swim.
The adrenaline and emotions were high and this in combination with all the support we have had from friends and family is the reason why we touched France at about 0100hrs this morning, after swimming for 15 hours 14mins. It’s been a dream for us and now it’s a reality. I can’t express how much I would encourage anyone else to try something a little different, that seems way out of reach and make it happen. One chap on our team, Liam Artingstall, did this last night at age 14. Now that’s inspirational!
Thank you to Dee Seabrook and Alice Hubbard who have coached us for the last 18 months and to our skipper and crew, Stuart Gleeson and Garry Clark aboard the Sea Leopard (http://sealeopardcharter.blogspot.co.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Leopard-Charter/579716718746338)
I must mention Keith Oiller, our Channel Swimming Association Observer. I have read all about the wonderful world of Channel Swimming and the Observers, who spend days and nights out mid-channel, living and breathing the experience. Now I have finally met one and a pleasure it was too. Great job Keith. It was a joy to see your smiling face and hear that we had done the job, right and proper, as i stepped back onto the boat!
Here is a video taster while we put all our pics and movies together. It shows the start from Dover and Chris at 14 hours in, when we were giving it everything to reach the coast before we were swept away by the tide. You can see on the radar how the heading (red line) and true course (green line) differed due to the strong flood tide, taking us east. We were swimming on a big old spring tide so travelled much further than expected. The relief when we made it in was tremendous. Well done all!
Thanks to all your generosity, we have reached 83% of our £2000 fundraising target so if anyone would like to sponsor us but hasn’t had the chance, please follow this link – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ChannelRelay
We’re trucking along nicely. Just entered the first shipping lane and Liam is in.
We’ve been slowly catching up with a bunch of relay teams swimming for diabetes. Our mission is to catch up and overtake them before hopefully catching up with Viking Princess. They have a solo swimmer on board and they are pretty quick. Im in next at 14:50 for my second swim so i’ll see if i can close the gap! Follow the link on the blog below to see the vessel tracking chart.. (shoulders a bit stiff and i gave it some on the first hour so the second will be a challenge)
My first hour done and Sumo’s nearly there…
If all goes to plan i’ll be setting the alarm for 02:00 tomorrow morning to get to Cap’n Dom’s for 03:00 and at the boat in Dover by 07:00. Then we’ll be setting off from the beach in Dover at 08:00 and swimming for France!!
We go in for an hour at a time. The next swimmer leaps in like a crazed animal and overtakes the last, who clambers aboard sharpish so the boat can carry on beside. Each of the five take it in turns and we have to keep in strict rotation, one hour each, until we reach the point beyond which there is no water. It will probably take around 15 hours but it could be a lot more. Then again, many have tried and failed before, by no fault of their own but simply because there are so many factors involved. As Captain Matthew Webb (first person to swim the Channel in 1875) once said “nothing great is easy”.. It depends on the conditions, swimmers and the navigational skills of the skipper! we will be crossing the busiest shipping lanes in the world, a bit like a motorway with a separation lane in the middle. Then there are the jelly fish, seaweed islands, cold water, mind games as you stare into the depths and the occasional battle with a floating poo. Fingers crossed for the morning! YABBADABBADOOOO!!!
If you’d like to follow our progress, you can log-on to the tracking device and follow our boat here http://www.channelswimmingassociation.com/csa-pilots/stuart-gleeson
Photos and updates will posted during the swim on the Sea Leopard’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Leopard-Charter/579716718746338
I will also try and post a few photos on here as we go!
Fingers crossed for the next 30ish hours…
p.s. If you haven’t sponsored us yet and would like to make a donation to one of our fantastic causes, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ChannelRelay
Merci beaucoup et au revoir!
Thank you so much everyone for your donations so far. Together we have raised nearly £1216.25, that’s almost 61% of our target! Only twenty something miles and £784 left. What’s that between a few friends and some budgie smugglers?! Your donations have already gone straight to ‘Back-up’, ‘The Haemophilia Society’ and ‘The Moebius Research Trust’.
Now you can sit back safe in the knowledge that you’ve changed the lives of people in need of help. We’ve got a bit of work to do now as we’ve made a fuss and now people expect us to swim to France!… France? Yes, France. We had better get an early night then as we could be off in a day or so. Just waiting for the phone call now…