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.
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.
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’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!
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 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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