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
Swim route to France taken by Stu Bowman
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.