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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Deborah Traher - Successful Channel Solo Swim - 20th September 2012

Report by Stuart Gleeson.
 
We met at 0200hrs. Introductions - Deborah & supporters Emma & Andrew - meet crewman Garry Clarke & CSA Observer Sam Jones. Safety briefing & reminder of the rules & we are off. I steer us out of the Western Entrance towards our starting point of Samphire Hoe.
 
Some early seasickness from the supporters, small boats move in ways that upset many people & the feeling is very bad.
 
0246. Swim starts. It's a cool dark night.  Entered Sou'West lane at 0600. Some close traffic today from some large ships. 0845 Entered Separation Zone. Some sickness from swimmer & supporters.
 
The morning changes to afternoon & Deborah continues to make steady progress. A text message sent at 1222 to Steve Ladner at Radio Kent leads to a dedication live on air. Waterproof radios aren't allowed in the swimmers ears though, so only Deborahs friends will get to hear it.
 
The afternoon turns to early evening - Deborah going strong, very determined & happy. 1620 - Channel Swim boat Sea Satin passes close by on return trip to give a blast on the horn & some happy waves & shouts.
 
At 1648 Deborah lands at Cap Blanc Nez after 14hrs & 2mins. Well done! Another swimmer who can say forever that they have swam the Channel.

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