England

Dover and the English Channel

In September 2012, my amazing friend Katy completed a crossing of the English Channel. She swam from Dover, England to Calais, France, and I was lucky enough to be on her crew. Below are some photos I took during our few days in Dover.

Read more about Katy’s swim.

Dover is a quaint seaside town with narrow streets and beautiful white cliffs overlooking the English Channel. Before and after Katy’s swim, we enjoyed our time there.

The quaint town of Dover, England.

The quaint town of Dover, England.

Victoria Guest House, where we stayed during our time in Dover.

Victoria Guest House, where we stayed during our time in Dover. The owners, Bill and Audrey, have hosted Channel swimmers for years and extended us the warmest hospitality we could have asked for.

The clock tower at the Dover marina.

The clock tower at the Dover marina.

The famous White Cliffs of Dover.

The famous White Cliffs of Dover.

The English Channel coast in Dover.

The English Channel coast in Dover.

A seagull rests in the pebbles on the beach.

A seagull rests in the pebbles on the beach.

We had to wait a couple of days for Katy’s swim start to be approved by the official English Channel Association and her captain, Neil, until the tide was just right. In the meantime, Katy calmed her nerves and stayed loose with a couple of easy practice swims.

Katy prepares for a practice swim before the big day.

Katy prepares for a practice swim before the big day.

Seagull flying through the blue sky.

Seagull flying through the blue sky.

Looking out onto the English Channel straight ahead.

Looking out onto the English Channel straight ahead.

Katy’s swim start was finally approved for 2:00 am on the third day we were there. I can’t imagine starting an open water swim in the middle of the night, but Katy did it!

Katy and her boyfriend, Calvin, a few minutes before the swim start.

Katy and her boyfriend, Calvin, a few minutes before the swim start.

I snapped this photo seconds before Katy jumped into the water, in the darkness of night, to begin her swim.

Once the sun came up and I got over my initial few hours of seasickness, I was able to take some photos of Katy in action as she made her way from England to France.

Katy swims through the Channel.

Cruising through a calm section of the Channel.

Katy’s perfect form. She really does swim like a dolphin!

The foamy wake off the side of the boat.

Making our approach to Calais.

The French coast is getting ever closer.

Katy approaches the shores of Calais.

After more than 11 hours of swimming, Katy steps out of the water onto the beach in Calais.

Celebrating a successful English Channel crossing on the beach in Calais. Photo credit: Calvin Baxter.

Our celebratory dinner. Congratulations, Katy!

Katy ended up with the 5th-fasted English Channel crossing time in the world that year, finishing in 11 hours, 16 minutes. What an glorious day! Read the complete story I wrote about Katy’s swim.

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