1820Arrived at Dover Marina, Steve Franks also waiting to go out with swimmer on Pathfinder.
1825 On Pontoon. Meet Qing and her parents who will be accompanying Qing during her swim.
1830 On board Sea Leopard with Stuart Gleeson, Pilot and Stewart Richardson, Crew.
1837 Safety talk given by Stewart. KO informed Qing of proceedures and CSA guidance together with main rules covering solo swims. Qing gave detailed information sheet to KO and pilot.
1850 Qing preparing to swim. Light sticks attached to strap on goggles and to swim suit straps and both activated.
|Shakespeare Beach, Dover|
1045 Not making enough progress in the right direction. Tide is going to take us past Cap Gris Nez.
1059 French yacht passes astern. Only other visible vessel is a fishing boat approx 3 miles to the West.
1125 Stewart prepares for landing. Oilskins, boots and lifejacket but decision is made it is not safe to go into shore in tender. Mum and dad are at last beginning to look brighter. Mum is encouraged to boost Qing over this last taxing part of the swim.
1130 Last feed before landing? Stewart talking to Qing. Tells her half a mile to beach - aim for the houses, land where the road comes down to beach or on beach to left of road. Reminds Qing to stand clear of the water. After encouragement from mum and dad, Qing starts swimming again.
1150 Approx 150 yards from beach. Qing given final instructions, re landing. Stuart keeps Sea Leopard in position to enable observation of completion of swim. Seal in water as welcome party.
1159 Qing stands clear of water on pebble beach to correctly complete swim. Stop watch stopped at 16hours 48mins, location - Slipway east of Cap Gris Nez.
1210 Qing safely back on board Sea Leopard. After drawing a large crowd of people down to slipway and at windows in restaurant above beach. She also talked to a local reporter so may make the news in the local newspaper.