The swimmers met at Dover Marina in the sunshine, the sea promising to be the warmest so far this year. This was to be a practice swim, charter shared between Ali Hornby, who is swimming solo this July & Nicky Graham who is training for an attempt next July. Both have been out on trips before with Sea Leopard in preparation for a relay swim on the first tide of the Channel Swimming season which begins in the last week of June.
|Nicky Graham & Ali Hornby|
Nicky swam first, the sea reasonably calm with some clouds hiding the full strength of the sun.
|Nicky decends the ladder into the Channel, the beach at Samphire Hoe in the background|
|Nicky Graham swimming offshore - Folkestone Harbour Arm in the background.|
|Nicky Graham warms up as Stuart Gleeson watches Ali|
Whilst swimming, concern was raised for an empty kayak that had been spotted from the shore. Sea Leopard assisted Dover Lifeboat in locating the craft - and the person who had been paddling it was successfully rescued by the RNLI.