Ian Tordoff Channel Crossing

Crossings: Dover Strait

The media often informs us of people who cross the Straits of Dover by all sorts of means, from swimming to an eclectic variety of craft. Whilst this is far from the longest of crossings, the crossing by kayak should not be underestimated. Ignoring the matter of 20 miles of open water, the combination of the busiest of shipping lanes, impressive bureaucracy and not least of all the cost can make this a challenging undertaking. An obvious goal for many a UK paddler looking to make a crossing.

Image: Ian Tordoff, Dover Straits Crossing


Snowdonia Watersports

English Channel - Dover


Number of Records: 4
UV=Unverified (no GPS)
Pos. K1W Cat Paddler Elapsed Date Start Finish Boat Note Links
1 K1M SKI Paul Wycherley 02:28:00 02-Oct-11 ? Cape Gris Nez ? Epic V12 Escort Link1
2 K1M SKI Ian Wynne 02:59:06 05-Oct-07 Shakespeare Beach Cape Gris Nez ? Fenn Mako 6 Escort Link1
3 K1M Ian Tordoff 03:21:00 18-May-05 Folkestone Wisnant 35km Valley Rapier 20 Escort Link1
4 K1M Drew Samuel ? 1976

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Paul Wycherley
Paul's time is impressive, maintaining an average speed of well over 7 kts. However BBC video footage, apparently of the attempt, has caused some debate. It appears to show Paul wash-hanging the support boat, to some advantage. We don't know if this is footage from the actual event, or from a separate training paddle. Track it down and make up your own mind - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/canoeing/15160182


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Pos. Cat Paddler Elapsed Date Start Finish Boat Note Links
1 K2 Ski Dylan Barber-May/
Maia Wallace-Loizou
04:15:00 19-Feb-13 Folkestone ? Epic V10 Double Escort News Link
2 Team Rob Bates
Richard Harpham
Dave McCarthy
Aisling Ni Chuinn
Geoff Tilford
05:11:00 18-Apr-09 Dover Harbour Cape Gris Nez Blog
3 Team Charlie Brett
Stuart Littler
Jon Turner
06:10:00 01-Sep-12 Dover Harbour Cape Gris Nez Venture_Kayaks
Escort Blog
4 Team Welsh Guards
Olly Sanders
~07:00:00 2008 Dover Harbour Cape Gris Nez
P+H Capella
5 K2 John Anderson/
Drew Samuel
? 1980 ? ? No Details

14 paddlers in 5 teams.
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English Channel - Dover

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