Swimming the English Channel
The English Channel is seen as a pinnacle achievement (‘The Everest’) of the sport of open water swimming. Did you know that more people have actually climbed Mt Everest than have swum the Channel?
The Channel swim is the ultimate test, with the harsh conditions providing the challenge rather than the long distance. Wave heights can reach two metres; the water is icy cold (13-17C) and the channel itself is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world with 600 tankers and 200 ferries passing through daily.