It was a sunny Sunday morning in April, another trip out for a Channel Relay team training for their attempt later in the year. Practice swims with a boat are fun, good for the team to enjoy working together but most importantly it takes away the mystery. All sorts of concerns can develop if something is unknown - following a boat is not particularly difficult, but it is useful to practice prior to the big day. Similarly jumping off the boat instead of wading down the beach is a different experience.
The Seabrook Seals boarded Sea Leopard armed with multiple bags of swimming kit and lots of smiles.
|The Seabrook Seals|
As Stuart Gleeson piloted Sea Leopard out of the Marina, Dover Lifeboat was carrying out some operations, the bright orange and blue standing out against the bright sunshine.
As is often the case in the English Channel, the wind was too strong for a safe & pleasant trip outside of the harbour walls. Not wishing to waste the day the team swam inside the protection of Dover Harbour practising with Sea Leopard.
|Dover Castle overlooking the Harbour.|
The team took turns to swim, lots of humour & encouragement as is the habit of all relay teams.
The time went quickly & everyone swam well. A few more strokes closer to achieving success.