Charlotte is such an inspiration. During her high school summer holidays, with the support from her amazing parents Steven and Suzanne, Charlotte swam the Catalina Channel, Manhattan Island circumnavigation and was about to attempt the English Channel. Roger was in town for Otto’s swim. David Barra (New York Open Water) had asked Roger if he could also crew for Charlotte. He said yes – for me too!
Roger and I arrived back at Dover Marina just after 3am from Otto’s swim. We were due to go out with Charlotte at 6am. We hugged Otto again and congratulated him for the 100th time at least and made our way back to Varne Ridge Channel Accommodation via the BP Station for supplies. Back in the caravan, we quickly put all our devices on charge, set our alarms for 5am and crashed into our bedrooms. I didn’t even bother undressing!! 1 hour 20 minutes later my alarm went off! Just as we were preparing to leave, Roger received a call from Steven, Charlotte’s dad. Charlotte’s boat pilot Eddie Spelling was still out in the Channel with a man swimming breaststroke. The plan was to meet at the marina at 6pm later that day. Neither of us bothered to go back to sleep that day…too much adrenaline!!
We met Charlie and family at the marina at 6pm as planned and off we went! The weather had really changed since Otto’s swim the day before. It was cold and choppy! Charlotte was not perturbed at all. I greased her up with Vaseline in all the chafe spots and she was off! Being on a boat travelling at the same speed as a swimmer is a completely different experience. The boat rocks a lot more. A lot of people will become seasick crewing when they have never suffered from seasickness in their lives!!