Report by Stu Gleeson.
We met at 0230. Loading, introductions - team meet Garry (Crew) & Sam (CSA Observer). I give the safety brief, Sam confirms the rules & fills out the paperwork whilst Garry & I steer Sea Leopard out of Dover Harbour into the Channel towards the pebble beach at Samphire Hoe.
Swim starts at 0320, cool breeze in a cloudless starry night. Entered Sou'West lane at 0655. The team are happy & relaxed, conditions aren't perfect for swimming, but average for the Channel. 0855 entered Separation Zone. Wind picking up some. At 1304 I call Gris Nez Traffic to inform them that we are in French Inshore Waters.
A tough few hours for the team passes with success - Tardinghen Beach in 13hrs 0mins from starting. Well done Dave, Neil, Ross & Andrew. A good strong swim.