21 Aug 2013Wendy Trehiou completes a Channel double
Wendy Trehiou becomes the 26th person to complete a Channel double
Wendy started her epic 2-way swim from Shakespeare Beach on 7.11am on Tuesday 20th August. The leg to France took her 17hrs 8mins and she landed in Wissant bay just after midnight on Wednesday 21st. The return leg took Wendy 22hrs 1min and she landed at Samphire Hoe at 10.20pm in the evening. She was piloted by Neil Streeter on Suva.
These were Wendy's 3rd and 4th crossings of the Channel having completed two solos in 2006 and 2012. For her 2012 swim, she received Gertrude Ederle award for the most meritorious CS&PF swim of the year by a woman.
Wendy joins an exclusive club of 2-way Channel swimmers by becoming the 26th person, and 13th woman in the world, to complete this fantastic feat of endurance.
Wendy receiving Gertrude Ederle award at 2013 CS&PF dinner
What these bare figures do not reveal are remarkable facts about Wendy and her swim; this was Wendy's second attempt at a 2-way this summer. She had to abandon her first attempt a couple of weeks ago 5 hours into the swim, due to bad weather. She also demonstrated that with steady nerves and skillful piloting, a 2-way swim is possible even on top of the spring tides. Finally, Wendy is well known for raising awareness of breast cancer being a survivor herself.
An extraordinary feat from an extraordinary lady... From everyone at CS&PF: many congratulations to Wendy and her crew.