Heck. That came around quickly…………..
3 years ago, surrounded by good friends and way too many empty wine bottles, I announced that I’d like to swim the Channel.
And they heard me! And what’s more they remembered what I’d said the next morning.
Well, I thought, it can’t be that difficult, after all – that comedian fella from Little Britain did it. It should be easy.
Well. Since then we all know that David Walliams isn’t a comedian who swims now and again. He’s an elite athlete who does a spot of comedy.
So, after my first arctic dip in Dover harbour in April, I have been training in Dover pretty much every weekend. 6 hours drive down. 11 hours swimming over 2 days and drive the 6 hours back. Basically, if the kids haven’t had a birthdays on a particular weekend, I’ve been in Dover.
AFter countless lengths in swimming pools, Swimming Coniston (twice), Albert Docks, Lake Bala (twice, there and back), and 13 weekends in all elements in Dover, the time is finally upon me.
Assuming the winds drop from their current force 10 in the Channel to a measly force 4 (12 foot waves) then I’m good to go.
Lets hope the weather gods are feeling kind!
Just in case you don’t want trawl through the blog here’s the detail of the swim:
- Channel Swim Federation Rules
- NO Wetsuit
- NO Stopping
- NO Touching the support boat
- NO touching anyone else
- NO performance enhancing pharmaceuticals.
- Possible Dangers
- Raw Sewage
- Strong Currents & Tides
- Tail winds from Hurriance Irene and Katia
- Jellyfish swarms
I reckon it’ll take about 22 hours to get across the 21 mile stretch of the Channel before landing on French soil (well, sand).
Thanks for everyone’s support up to now. Wish me luck!