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Channel No 5 Swim - June 2010

Firstly a big Thankyou to everyone who Sponsored Us we Managed to Raise £13030 For Muscular Dystrophy using http://www.justgiving.com/channelNo5swim

After the weather wrecked our plans to go on Sunday 20th, we finally set sail at 5:30am Tuesday 22nd June 2010 From Dover Harbour

The boat motored around to Shakespear’ beach where Dan wearing speedo’s Belly flopped into the water and had to swim ashore.  Once on Dry land Dan waited for the horn to blow to signal the start of this epic Crossing which started at 6:24 AM. 

Dan Starts

Dan did his 1st hour and then it was Chris’s turn to go, Chris did his hour and then Jon was off

Chris Out, Jon In

Join Out, Sarah In

Then it was Pauls turn

At 5 hours in we all felt good and we were secretly hoping for a finish in 13-14 hours.

The 2nd hour each of us did was across the busiest shipping lane in the world, all went swell!

Dan did his 3rd hour.

Chris did his 3rd Hour

At 12 hours in and we are 3 miles from France Jon got in again

Jon's 3rd Hour

At 13 hours we are still 3 miles from France but heading down the coast.
Sarah's in for her 3rd hour and we are taking bets on whether her or Paul will Finish.
Watching Jon Shiver is keeping rest of us warm by laughing

Jon Shivering, Rest of us Laughing

At 14 hours we are still 2-3 miles from France, but even further down the coast heading towards Calais.  Paul Jumps in.  We are all expecting Paul to finish it.   

Pauls 3rd Hour

At 14:40 It dawns on Dan that he’s got to do another swim.
At 15 hours in Dan goes in expecting to hit land before his hour is up.  The sun goes down so he's swimming in the dark, with tinted goggles on - Schoolboy Error! He can only just see the boat let alone the land!
At 15:45 hours in the skipper is talking of aborting the crossing as it's looking very likely that we will end up heading into Calais port. Suddenly the tide slack’s and we make some headway.  The Team talk the skipper into letting us continue, which he does under the agreement if he say’s out the water now, that’s it finished!
At 16 hours Chris jumps in wearing glow sticks so we don’t lose him.
At 16 Hours and 36 minutes (23:00 English time) Chris swims into France, he's made it back onto dry land - WE’VE DONE IT !!!!!!
Once he’s back onboard and stopped the shivering, out came the champagne!!
It’s a 22 mile straight crossing we did over 35 miles -DOH
 
We managed to raise £13030 and all of us would like to thanks all our Many Sponsors massively. 
 
Team Outrageous - Channel no 5