English Channel medley relay - First English Channel Medley Relay
Location: English Channel between England and France
Current Record Holder
Susan Ractliffe (Great Britain)
Pete May (Great Britain)
Julie Bradshaw MBE (Great Britain)
Kim Owen (Great Britain)
At 06:41 Susan Ractliffe entered the water at Shakespeare beach, to ensure that the relay is recognised as a Medley attempt the swimmers are swimming in correct international stroke order in one-hour rotations on 18 September 2010. Ractliffe had a smooth changeover with May doing breaststroke while being escorted by Reg and Ray Brickell on the Viking Princess. At 08:41 Bradshaw takes over with butterfly. Owen, despite feeling seasick, takes over from Julie at 09:41 and moves into the South West Shipping lane as a 360 degree ship count gives a total of 26 ships within view.
Ractliffe takes the team into the Separation Zone at midday and 45 minutes later Bradshaw swims into the Northeast Shipping lane. At 16:00 they enter the French coastal waters and continue on towards the coast. At 18:10 Owen lands on the beach just to the East of Cap Gris-Nez to complete the Julie Bradshaw International Medley Relay across the English Channel in 11 hours and 29 minutes.