Pilots report by Stuart Gleeson:
observer Giovanna Richards (G) arrives.
to everyone & give a safety briefing, G follows on with the official
0730 - Swimmer Danielle Wahl arrives with brother, dad & coach. I introduce my crewman
0800 - On our way to Samphire Hoe.
0820 - Danielle climbs off the boat & swims ashore.
0824 - swim starts.
0849 - G notes Danielles stroke rate to be 55 per minute.
0853 - Report to Coastguard giving details of swim number & usual information.
0915 - first feed.
0924 - 2 miles done.
0941 - large amount of jellyfish on Port Side.
1000 - feed, Danielle says she is cold.
becoming obscured by mist. England
1015 - 2 miles from SW lane. This swimmer is looking like she may be on for a fast crossing. 1030 - Danielle comments on seeing a dolphin.
1044 - feed.
1127 - feed
1129 - I inform Dover Coastguard that we are entering SW Lane.
1155 - swimmer asks for painkiller.
1210 - now level with Anastasia & Optimist who started earlier.
1224 - feed.
1303 - feed.
1330 - jellyfish, swimmer concerned.
1333 - feed & encouragement.
1335 - jellyfish, swimmer concerned.
1345 - swimmer stung by jellyfish, swaps to starboard side.
1346 - I inform Dover Coastguard as we leave SW lane.
1355 - swimmer complains of pain from sting.
1404 - feed.
1425 - more jellyfish. I inform Gris Nez Traffic as we enter the NE Lane.
1432 - feed.
1459 - feed.
1600 - feed.
1615 - G has noticed Danielles stroke rate has increased.
1625 - brief stop for jellyfish.
1630 - feed. I inform Gris Nez Traffic as we exit the NE Lane into French Inshore Waters.
1645 - backstroke for costume adjustment. Push on with tide.
1654 - feed. Good spirits.
1710 - curious seal spotted close to the boat.
1730 - feed.
1803 - Just passed the Cap.
readies the punt. Gary
1810 - Danielle swims in to large rocks, family excited.
1814 - swim complete 9hr 49mins. This is the fastest swimmer I have escorted.
1816 - Danielle back on board. Congratulations all round. Everyone is happy. We return to
Well done Danielle. Despite having the unpleasantness of swimming through lots of jellyfish you remained focused & pushed on to succeed. Excellent support from family & coach always helps. Hope to see you again soon.