Ian Tordoff Channel Crossing

Crossings: Dover Strait

The media often informs us of people who cross the Dover Strait by all sorts of means, from swimming to an eclectic variety of craft. Whilst this is not 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 for the de facto requirement of an escort boat, can make this a challenging undertaking. An obvious goal for many a UK paddler looking to make a crossing.
As far as we know all crossings shown here were escorted.

Image: Ian Tordoff, Dover Strait Crossing


Snowdonia Watersports

English Channel - Dover Strait

Route Distance: ~19 nm / 35 km
Prevailing direction: W >> E


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1K1M_SkiPaul Wycherley02:28:0002-Oct-11?Cape Gris NezEpic V12--EscortLink1
2K1M_SkiIan Wynne02:59:0605-Oct-07Shakespeare BeachCape Gris NezFenn Mako 6--EscortLink1
3K1MIan Tordoff03:21:0018-May-05FolkestoneWisnantValley Rapier 20--EscortLink1
4K1MDrew Samuel?1976--Escort

4 solo paddlers.
CW = clockwise, CCW = counter-clockwise


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1K2 SkiDylan Barber-May /
Maia Wallace-Loizou

2TeamRob Bates
Richard Harpham
Dave McCarthy
Aisling Ni Chuinn
Geoff Tilford
05:11:0018-Apr-09Dover HarbourCape Gris Nez

3TeamCharlie Brett
Stuart Littler
Jon Turner
06:10:0001-Sep-12Dover HarbourCape Gris NezVenture_Kayaks

4TeamVictor Copeland
Nigel Tuffley
Anthony Fielding
~06:51:0020-Jun-1990Boulogne-sur-MerDoverAnnas Acuta
Vyneck Sea King

5TeamWelsh Guards '
Olly Sanders
~07:00:002008Dover HarbourCape Gris Nez
P+H Capella
6K2John Anderson /
Drew Samuel


17 team paddlers in 6 teams

Notes: Various


Dylan Barber-May / Maia Wallace-Loizou et al. (19-Feb-13)
Incredibly Maia was only 13 years old when she completed this crossing, surely the youngest person to paddle across the Channel. This shouldn't overshadow Dylan's achievement either - Dylan was 15 years old.
Rob Bates / Richard Harpham et al. (18-Apr-09)
As part of the Big 5 Kayak Challenge.
Charlie Brett / Stuart Littler et al. (01-Sep-12)
Did not land at Capre Gris Nez, coastline too rocky, so paddled close in and transferred to escort rib.
Paul Wycherley : (02-Oct-11)
Paul's time is impressive, maintaining an average speed of well over 7 kts. However BBC video footage has caused some debate. It appears to show Paul wash-hanging a support boat. We don't know if this is footage from the actual event, or from a separate training paddle. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/canoeing/15160182
Welsh Guards _ / Olly Sanders et al. (2008)
Olly Sanders paddled along with a team of 7 Welsh Guards on a charity paddle, we don't have names for the Guardsmen unfortunately.

English Channel - Dover Strait
10 completions -- 4 solo + 6 team + 0 escorted
21 paddlers in total (4 solo / 17 team / 0 escorted

Route Distance: ~19 nm / 35 km
Prevailing direction: W >> E
Recorded Start Points: