I think I'll start with some pictures and then intersperse narrative. So...
A journey of 21 1/2 miles begins with getting in the water. Samphire Hoe, England, 11:14 a.m. local time, Saturday, September 19.
The beginning on video.
The crew: from left to right, Nathan, the official observer from the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, Dave, the first mate, and Eddie, the pilot extraordinaire.
The white cliffs: looking back while swimming I could see them for about the first two hours.
Swimming along. Yes, it was uphill the whole way!
A typical feeding. I drank "Maxim" the whole way - a great energy drink for when you do not need electrolyte replacement.
I thought this boat was a lot bigger and a lot further away. No wonder Eddie had the sirens blasting. Apparently we had the right of way. He wasn't too happy.
Swimming at night. That green dot (if you can even see it) is me. Actually, it wasn't like that. Most of the time Henry was shining a spot light just in front of me, and the boat was a little closer than this picture implies.
I made it. Wissant, France, 12:45 a.m. local time, Sunday, September 20.
More narrative later.
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