Once again, I received a message from Roger Finch. I need your help to crew Jim Clifford from Maryland, USA across the English Channel. Of course I said yes! Again, I had never met this person but the more I got to know Roger – I was beginning to realise two things. One, he loves to help! Two, he only helps those who are prepared to put the work in and listen. I trusted that Jim obviously fell into this category! Before Jim’s English Channel swim, he and I would both be taking part in a 9 day swim camp in Ireland. This was perfect. I liked this man immediately upon meeting him. Jim smiles his way through life. I had met my match in smiles that’s for sure! Jim was using this camp to prepare himself for his English Channel swim and I was there for my Catalina Channel swim. We both share a passion for swimming and love a Guinness or two. My nurturing crew persona kicked in immediately. Making sure he was warm enough and returned safely from each swim. I also found out from Roger that Jim messaged him and said thanks Roger, this girl is perfect for my English Channel swim. Another dear friend made in this incredible sport.
I turned up in Dover a few days before Jim’s swim, picking up Roger from Heathrow airport along the way. The deal was that Roger and Jim would help me prepare for my Catalina swim in return for helping to crew. On our second day, we took Jim to meet Captain Eddie and check out his boat Anastasia. Captain Eddie asked Roger and I what kind of swimmer Jim was.