Youngest person to Kayak the English Channel

On Tuesday 19th of February 2013 we escorted the Youngest female person to Kayak the English Channel across to France. At the age of 13 it is impressive. A cold winters day but the wind held off for what must have been the calmest day in months, they were very lucky. Following are some pictures of the day. See the article in Kayak and canoe magazine and sponsorship is still coming in on Just Giving

The RIB was covered in frost at 6am in Dover Marina forecast was good though for a max of 5 degrees but no wind ideal crossing conditions.

frosty boat at 6am Dover marina
We arrived at Shakespeare Cliffs just to the West of Folkestone Harbour at 08:00. We loaded up all the guys gear and set of at 09:00. Due to a small swell the kayaks had to transport the gear out to us as Folkestone harbour is a beach at low tide making mooring impossible.
Youngest person to kayak the english channelThese twin Kayaks are built for speed and in the wake we got 1 up to 9 knots which is impressive, but only possible to sustain for a short period. The average speed was 5 knots!!
Fast kayak crossing of the channelHalf way across and they had only taken 2 hours so on course for a four hour crossing.
channel crossing pilot boatThe French shipping lanes where busy so no breaks for an hour to get in front of the fast approaching ships. When we arrived at Cap Gris-Nez in France they had taken 4 hours and 15 mins which is a fast time. Well done guys and girls. The ITV gave some coverage of the crossing with more pictures.