A Fun English Channel Photo/Video Essay

As Doug celebrates the one year anniversary of his English Channel swim, what I remember is this … there were times when things weren’t so pretty and during those times I was holding on for dear life rather than using my camera.  The swells were sometimes 5 feet and coming from all directions.  The last half of the swim was in the pitch dark so I don’t have any photographs for that segment either.  (I do have some video, however, some of which I’ll add here.)   In all I took about 400 photographs.  For an event of this magnitude I would normally take over 1,000.  
This is a photo/video essay of some of the moments I captured from the English Channel … some you’ve seen and some you haven’t …

Here is Doug recapping his swim a few days after he had a whole lot of sleep … Ashley took this video while she froze inside Dover Harbor …

During the swim, pretty much a few of the kids were sick most of the time … 
And one was happy-go-lucky and on deck the whole time … 
Our boat captains were Lance Oram, who grew up taking swimmers across with his father, Mike Oram, and Chris Streeter, the famous Alison Streeter’s uncle, the same Alison Streeter who has crossed the English Channel 46 times.  These guys were characters but when the going got tough they didn’t fool around.    
This picture makes it look like it was all fun and games … and at this moment, when we first took off, it was. The White Cliffs of Dover are in the background.  I was using a little Fuji camera that also took video and also worked under water.  All of the video from this event was taken with this little camera.  
Here’s the crew goofing around … 
Here is a video of Doug swimming in rough water while the boat captains were listening to music and enjoying themselves … 
Here is a video that I took from the galley of the pilot boat.  I had to brace myself with my legs and hold on tight.  The noise you hear is from the bilge, it’s not someone screaming.  
Here is a video where you can see Doug’s night goggles in the pitch darkness of the English Channel.  
Once darkness hit, once he landed, once he reached our pilot boat, I didn’t take one photograph.  It just didn’t seem right.  But I did take some photographs as the sun rose as we headed back to Dover Harbor … 

Ashley, 13, took this video while she froze in Dover Harbor, with that little fuji camera I mentioned … 
Honestly, in the beginning of this swim he made it look so easy that I thought, “I have got to do this next year.”  I have since changed my mind.