Above: Hoffy & Support swimmer Loraine Verghese . Thanks Lorraine, you were a Godsend!
Yesterday morning at 06.50 hrs. I set off from the support Vessel Louise Jane in my attempt to swim the English Channel. I dived from the boat (see picture below), swum to shore at Samphire Hoe near Dover, raised my arm, then dived in to start on my momentus journey to France.
The experience and task was mammoth, and today I am feeling very sore. I can barely move my shoulders. I will update the blog when I return to Bury. However, suffice to say that 13 hrs. and 52 minutes after leaving Samphire Hoe, I walked ashore at Wissant in France to be greeted by about 30 cheering French men, women, and children who took photos and shook my hand. It was a very emotional experience which made me cry.
Above: swimming with Ferries, Super Tankers and small boat with film crew on filling my lungs with Diesel fumes!
Above: Lorraine dives in to give me a helping hand whenever the support team felt I was struggling, particularly near the French coast.
Above: The very difficult job of feeding in The Channel. The longer the swim goes on, the smaller your throat appears to get making it very difficult to swallow. I swum on Maxim Original, Maxim Electrolyte, Bananas and 2 x Hot Chocolates.
Above: Back on board the support boat, Louise Jane after a long day in the channel. Tired, sunburnt, but very happy!
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Thank you. Hoffy.