All fees are paid in £ sterling. All payments by cheque or draft should be made out to "CS&PF" or Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation. All fees come into effect on 1 January 2016. Please note that CS&PF registration and swim fees are a separate item to your pilot fees.
2016 Administration Fees, payable with all swim applications
Administration fees cover the costs of running CS&PF office and general CS&PF expenses.
Applications submitted to the Hon. Secretary before the deadline of 30 April will be charged a discounted administration fee of:
Solo -- £145
Relay -- £180
Applications received, by the Hon. Secretary after 30 April will be deemed to have exceeded the time allowed for postage and will be charged a full fee of:
Solo -- £170
Relay -- £220
2016 Swim Fees, payable with all swim applications
Swim fees cover the cost of observer expenses and CS&PF Observer liaison officer.
Code B ------- 1-way attempt £160.00
Code C ------- 2-way attempt £360.00
Code D ------- 3-way attempt £450.00
Code E ------- 1-way attempt £160.00
Code F ------- 2-way attempt £360.00
Code G ------- 3-way attempt £450.00
Swims/ crossings greater than 3-way, or for other swim courses not by the "direct route" are to be determined by the General Committee on their merits and the duties of the observer. Fees for extraordinary swims not covered above to be by negotiation.
Summary of Registration and Swim Fees:
The 2016 CS&PF administration and swim fees for a 1-way SOLO swim are:
Administration: £145 (£170 if posted after 30 April 2015) plus
Swim Fee: £160 plus
Annual membership: £20
Total fees for 2016: £325 (£350 if posted after 30 April 2016), including annual membership.
The 2016 CS&PF administration and swim fees for a 1-way, 6-person RELAY swim are:
Administration: £180 (£220 if posted after 30 April 2015) plus
Swim Fee: £160 plus
Annual membership: 6 x £20 = £120.
Total fees for 2016: £460, (£500 if posted after 30 April 2016). The exact total depends on the number of swimmers in a relay.
An administration fee of £20 will be charged for each additional or alternative team member registered after 30 April 2016.
New membership will run from the acceptance date of membership to 31st December 2016. All 2016 members are entitled to a vote at the 2017 CS&PF AGM.
Pilot or Boat Fees are payable directly to the swim pilots and CS&PF is not involved in their level, due dates or other conditions. The figures and conditions provided here are for illustration only and will vary between the pilots. All solo swimmers and relay swims will have a separate contract with the boat pilot where these fees and payment dates will be clearly listed.
Boat Fees: All fees are paid in £ sterling. To secure a pilot/escort boat, you will sign the contract the pilot provides, plus provide a reservation fee or deposit, depending on when you book.
Reservation fee: Bookings made more than 12 months in advance of the season will require a non-refundable £250 reservation fee. This is credited as part of your deposit, but must be paid when you confirm you want to have a position reserved. These fees are between you and the pilot. They are not controlled by the CS&PF in any way.
Deposit: usually £1000. If you have paid £250 through your reservation fee, you will owe a £750 balance. This balance is due to the date your pilot has specified, typically before the end of the year preceding the swim (31 December).
Typical Escort fees (vary between pilots):
£2750 for a 1-way crossing. (£1000 deposit + £1750 balance before swim)
£4750 for a 2-way crossing. (£2000 deposit + £2750 balance before swim)
Multiple swim crossings of more than 2-way are by quotation from the pilot. Please note that all pilots will charge an additional fee of between £100 & £300 if the swim needs to go into Calais when it finishes.
The pilot's swim fee balance can be paid at any time but it must be settled in full before the start of the swim. Please confirm the exact fees and pilots contract content before you commit to any booking as the contracts are legally binding documents.
Payments to the pilots can be bank transfers, Sterling cheques, International money orders or cash. Some pilots accept Debit or Credit cards but a 3% transaction fee may be added. Arrangements to pay the escort fee balance must be agreed before the swim date and provide enough time for bank clearance & confirmation.
Pilot/escort fees and CS&PF registration fees for other types of permitted crossing such as rows are by quotation.
Sandettie Lightship Observations
5am, 25th April 2017
Water: 50.5 °F (10.3 °C)
Air: 39.6 °F (4.2 °C)
Wind Speed: 24.1 kn (44.6 km/h)
Wind Direction: NW (310°)