Thirty One years ago I swam the English Channel for the first time.
This year I am planning to do it again at the end of July. This time however I am doing it the long way, I will be starting from a different location, Dungeness.
As a result the crossing will be 25% longer than the traditional route, a distance of 26 miles.
This has never been completed before so will be a World First when I complete the swim.
I have swum the English Channel solo a total of five times, my fastest crossing was in 1986 in a time of 8 hours 35 minutes.
The Dungeness to France swim has long been an ambition of mine and my coach Tom Watch to swim but due to the considerable cost of swimming the Channel I have always swum the tried and tested route from Dover.
I attempted the swim last year in August 2015 but due to an adverse reaction to numerous jelly fish stings and feeling unwell I did not complete the swim.
So I have some unfinished business!