One thing I have read of often from successful Channel swimmers is that they tend to have a close friend or relative in the pilot boat. Someone is needed who can pass you food and water during the feed stops, and of course, having some encouragement during the tough times is essential.
The problem is, it's hardly the most exciting job in world. 16+ hours bobbing along at one or two knots, occasionally passing some energy sachets or a bottle to some idiot in the water is not the sort of job description which has people queuing up.
On the plus side, that person will be there when I get into the boat in Dover. They will see me jump into the water and make my way to Shakespeare beach, and they will then witness the entire swim.
Connagh, my second eldest, has volunteered for the job. I'm hoping he will film the major parts of the event (and maybe even some training and interviews during the build-up?), so that I will have something to show to everyone who could not be there.
There's no backing out now, Connagh! ;0)
One time soldier, part-time author, full-time training manager, husband and father.