Successful first Serps relay swim of the English Channel of 2021

Splash Sunday at early o clock reaching France in an awesome 16 hours and 30 minutes

It raises the blood temperature when you hear of the first Serps’ English Channel relay of the season. 

And early on Sunday morning, a hardy team of five swimmers with a memorable team name of "5 Go Swimming" set off to swim to France.

‘Splash’ Sunday was recorded at 18 July at 04:12, and team member Ian confirms they arrived 16 and a half hopurs later at 19:42. 

Full tracking details are at the end of this aisle between the milk and the sugar. 

NEWS SPLASH 5 GO SUCCESSFULLY SWIMMING TO FRANCE

NEWS SPLASH 5 GO SUCCESSFULLY SWIMMING TO FRANCE

Congratulations to the "5 Go Swimming" relay team who successfully and safely made it to France Anne Teresa Ian James and Simone who touched France and with Charlie as ace support, in 16 hours and 30 minutes

Training has been consistent

Training has been consistent

Training has also been ruff

Training has also been ruff

And training has been judiciously intelligent

And training has been judiciously intelligent

Most vitally all have maintained their focus to make the day a success

Most vitally all have maintained their focus to make the day a success

The 5 Go Swimming team

The team are allegedly not famous, however they are five, and none of them are named Dick, George, Julian, Anne or Timmy the Dog, and this piece was likely written by Enid Brighton.  

The team includes Teresa Shirkova, Ian McEachern, James Lythe, and two Hyde Park neighbours, in Paddington’s Anne Mannix, and Queensway’s local boy Simon Pickles

Charlie Frith has kindly offered to be number one support for the team on the boat. And support is vital for all swims, and each crossing is very much a team sport. 

Their swim will be piloted by one of the Oram family, and the boat ’Westwinds’ can be tracked on the CSPF website here.

The CSPF site also has a page where you can track all boats that are making the crossing to France at this link here. 

We Serpies and friends of Serpies wish you all the best of luck and enjoyment of the day. 

Yours swimmingly

John T.

Ian James Teresa Charlie Simon Anne

The Dover gathering hope they are not all cardboard cutouts

The Dover gathering hope they are not all cardboard cutouts

All neat and present

Is this a cardboard cutout of boat and swimmer

Is this a cardboard cutout of boat and swimmer

Yes an actual swimmer sighted in swimming pose

The right Charlie

The right Charlie

The strong link between all

A lithe swimmer

A lithe swimmer

Simon Pickles going to Europe

Simon Pickles going to Europe

A gloved feat so far

A gloved feat so far

West Winds Ho

West Winds Ho

Golly gosh. 5 Go Swimming making nice progress