We met in the lobby of the Grand Burstin Hotel at 730am: Jackson had to head off home whilst the rest of us drove to Dover to meet Stuart Gleeson & the Sea Leopard.
We left the Western entrance of Dover Marina heading for nearby Shakespeare beach to practice beach starts.
Jim dove in first, we looped him round in a circle followed by Glenn, Eleanor & Nicky.
There are many in the triathlon world who barely believed it when photos appeared of Glenn swimming last winter, even more incredulity when the wetsuit came off. His swim today in trunks with white cliffs behind will bring many accusations of "cheating" from various rivals I'm sure.
Unfortunately for Glenn, he lost his wetsuit sometime over the weekend, so he's going to have to get used to swimming in the trunks.
Jim had a short go without his wetsuit - diving in meant that it was then minus trunks as well. He recovered them quickly.
Practicing following the boat seems easy enough - like anything a few goes makes it simpler.
Then it was me (Dan Earthquake) I swam us back towards the marina, sea very flat & warm: the conditions we all dream of for our crossings. I love these trips out with Stu, always good to head out to sea with friends & practice for Channel crossings.
Each of us had commitments to fulfil so said our goodbyes & went our separate ways. A good fun weekend. Thanks Stu.