Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation "Nothing great is easy", Captain Matthew Webb

11 Jul 2022Congratulations to the relay to Belgium swimmers

Congratulations to the relay to Belgium swimmers

Mike Oram and his team on Gallivant escorted a relay to Belgium

The 'Dunkirk Dynamos' relay team set off from Ramsgate around 9am on Sunday 10th July 2022, and landed in Belgium some 26 hours 22 minutes later.  Many congratulations to the swimmers, pilots and observers.

The route is a tricky one, crossing a lot of exposed sea, and then safely navigating along the the narrow channels between sandbanks that run parallel to the coast further east than Calais, hence the portion of the swim route that went alongside the coast. Mike Oram and his crew on Gallivant made it look easy.

The swimmers:

Heather Massey
Patricia Ellam-Speed                                                     
Christine Addison                                                           
Timothy Fraser                                 
Graham Lock                                                     
Mat Record                                                       
Amanda Sharples

Sandettie Lightship Observations

9am, 15th August 2022

Water: 67.5 °F (19.7 °C)

Air: 67.8 °F (19.9 °C)

Wind Speed: 19.0 kn (35.2 km/h)

Wind Direction: SSW (210°)

Channel Weather 

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