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  • 24 Jul 2021

    The late Nick Hungerford won the Rosie George mile + 1 metre cup.  The 1 metre is in recognition of the fact that Rosie has also swum the more difficult France to England crossing (1967) as well as England to France (on 19 July 1961).

    The late Nick Hungerford is now so-called because he arrived with only five minutes to spare before his handicap start time, the handicap clock having commenced over 25 minutes earlier at  07.30.  Nick inherits this moniker from "the late Bill Deeley", who was a late arrival for races throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.  The dawn of the new millennium saw a new Bill who almost always arrived with time to spare.

  • 22 Jul 2021

    On Saturday 17 July Jan Farmer won the Bridge to Bridge race, our summer blue ribbon event.  She had to fight her way through a bevy of swans to get to the finish line and claim the cup.  James Lythe was second followed by Brian Thomas, both oblivious to the avian obstacle.

    A little bit of history here plus a reminiscence regarding Gerald Forsberg, an all-time long-distance great who always had a special place in his heart for the Bridge to Bridge race.

  • 20 Jul 2021

    Very early this morning, the CS&PF suggested that English Channel solo swimmer Stu would be "having a whale of a time swimming alongside 'Optimist' piloted by Paul Foreman." 

    And having started at 06:28:26 from Samphire Hoe, Stu's Serpie friends and family have been cheering him on all day. Stu reached France in 15 hours and 31 minutes to complete his fourth solo crossing of the Channel.

    Nearing France, it appeared as if strong currents swept him past the Cap, thus adding more time to his endurance feat.   

  • 19 Jul 2021

    Congratulations to Jon Southey who successfully swam solo to France.

    He started at 04:19 from Abbots Cliff swimming alongside High Hopes piloted by Simon Ellis. “What better way to spend a heat wave than swimming to France!” said the CS&PF social media feed. 

    Jon has now amassed an amazing three solo swims to France.  

    EC 1: 24 July 2018  14:39

    EC 2: 1 September 2020 14:38

    EC 3: 18 July 2021 15 hours and seven minutes