andy’s english channel swim: august 2007

August 24, 2006

Two days later

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 6:06 pm

Shit I was stiff & sore yesterday morning - too sore to even sleep; I was up again before 07h00 wandering around aimlessly trying not to wake everyone else. Regaining some sense of functionality now, but my wrists & shoulders are still stiff. I think the stiff wrists are a result of bracing in the uneven water, something which retarded forward progress.

My first thoughts when I climbed back in the boat (and promise to Cecilia) were two promises:

  1. I would have made it in semi-decent conditions
  2. Never again

The S-shaped track in the map below shows the actual route swum; the straighter light grey dotted line was the boat trip back to Dover. The S-shaped route is the result of the tidal push, first SW for about 3 hours, then NE for 6 hours, back SW, and then the final half-tide NE before abandoning the attempt.


The actual target & shortest route is to Cap Gris Nez (centre below on map). However the wind & swell had initially combined with the  tide and pushed me far further North than planned. When the tide turned South, the wind & swell opposed the tide, preventing me from getting below Cap Gris Nez & being washed towards the Cap or onto the open beach of Wissant to its’ right. Once past Calais, the coastline falls away fast, making landing impossible.


  1. I really feel for you mate, you had a great attempt.
    Well done.

    Comment by Andy.M. — August 24, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

  2. Have been waiting for this write up and have been dying to know how you feel. Definitely feel for you!! And now Barend as well…but he still has tomorrow. Never say never.

    Comment by Ryan Stramrood — August 24, 2006 @ 8:08 pm

  3. What a brilliant attempt Andy. We all know you would have made it in better conditions. Good luck with the recovery now-Holy shit you must be stiff.
    PS will we see you for the Clifton Mile next weekend?

    Comment by Clive Webb — August 25, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

  4. Well done Andy, you had tough conditions and kept at it for a long time!! Under normal conditions you should have taken 12 -13 hours, you managed over 15, so you were definitely well prepared!!

    Comment by Herda — August 25, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

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