PACTRAC's Jonathan Ratcliffe is attempting to swim the Chanel this week. He is swimmer number 4 on the Pilot Boat, Viking Princess, so hopes to get away towards the end of the week.
"Sometime between the 10th and the 14th of August I will be making a dash from British shores for a better life in the EU. Sadly with Sterling so weak, Easyjet and Ryanair fares are looking unaffordable, and I have never been the world's biggest fan of ferries...so, to that end, I shall be embracing the world of goose fat and vaseline, donning my speedo's and with any luck avoiding whatever perils await as I swim for France.
Those who know me well appreciate that I never normally ask for sponsorship, as most little challenges I try are largely for personal enjoyment. This one might be a little different however. So, I am going to use the opportunity to try and raise the profile a charitable cause I am passionate about.
As a trustee of "CROPS" I am looking to help launch an exciting and much needed mentoring scheme in a series of schools close to where I live. We have been running our mentoring pilot scheme for two years and would love to raise enough money to finance our medium term goal of mentoring up to 450 kids who need 1:1 time during their secondary education.
So only if you feel like it, please visit the link below and support us in your giving, it would be great to see what a financial boost this little excursion of mine can generate. Options start from sponsoring as little as just 1 hr of mentoring
I will email again when I get the nod that the tide and sea state looks open for an attempt during the August window I have been given. Those that fancy having a laugh at my folly can keep track on the GPS markers as I doggy paddle my way to Pas-de-Calais ( success not guaranteed!).
Bon courage to all.... "