Another successful English Channel Solo Swim dans le sac for Stu Bowman

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.   

Stu Bowman swims to France in 15 hours and 31 minutes

Stu Bowman swims to France in 15 hours and 31 minutes

Swim route to France taken by Stu Bowman

Swim route to France taken by Stu Bowman

The sun blistering the Kent Riviera

The sun blistering the Kent Riviera

Stu heroically completes his fourth English Channel solo swim

And also a Rose between two

It's been a great week for Serpentine swimmers, with fellow club member Jon Southey completing his third English Channel solo swim on Sunday 18 July, while on Monday it was 'the 60 year 'Channelversary' for Rosie Franklin George. And while anything can happen, we are very hopeful that Stu will successfully swim across to France.

Stu's swim can be tracked on the CS&PF website here  by following the 'Optimist' boat which shows up as a blue arrow.  

Stu's channel swimming record is as follows:

05 August 2014: 15 hours and 24 minutes

03 August 2018: 17 hours and 28 minutes

14 August 2020: 11 hours and 58 minutes 

20 July 2021:     15 hours and 30 minutes

There was also a successful relay swim to France by a team of five Serps swimmers on Monday.

The ever constant Optimist piloted by Paul Foreman was at the ready

The ever constant Optimist piloted by Paul Foreman was at the ready

Stu was demonstrating scrummaging technique to Paul in the cabin

That moment

That moment

Keep it simple Stu Hat Trunks and Goggles

Keep it simple Stu Hat Trunks and Goggles

Aye aye Captain

Aye aye Captain

Nothing left to do apart from the obvious which is swim

Nothing left to do apart from the obvious which is swim

Go on my sun you can do this

Go on my sun you can do this

A cliffhanger start is better than a cliffhanger ending

A cliffhanger start is better than a cliffhanger ending

White cliffs

White cliffs

And off we go

And off we go

Technique of an elite channel swimmer on display

Technique of an elite channel swimmer on display

High elbow to the fore

High elbow to the fore

Sami Robertson fellow Serps and English Channel solo swimmer as part of support crew

Sami Robertson fellow Serps and English Channel solo swimmer as part of support crew

Crew also displaying good elbow technique

Dover looking distant

Dover looking distant

Laurence Plant mate from Henley on Thames also part of support team

Laurence Plant mate from Henley on Thames also part of support team

Skipper Paul Foreman says all looking good

Skipper Paul Foreman says all looking good

Feeding time otter style

Feeding time otter style

And the good swimming technique holds

And the good swimming technique holds

Stu catching up with Sea Leopard

Stu catching up with Sea Leopard

Englishmen in the midday sun

Englishmen in the midday sun

Getting closer to Sea Leopard

Getting closer to Sea Leopard

There was also some bigger traffic to avoid

There was also some bigger traffic to avoid

Arrival at Wissant

Arrival at Wissant