In 1966 a team of 6 Guides embarked on a relay swim of the Channel. Unlike today’s channel swims, they swam from the French side to the English side. They completed the swim in 13 hours and 10 minutes, and in doing so broke the record for a girls’ relay team, a record currently held by a Polish team who completed the swim in 10 hours in 1993.
Prior to the swim, the team consisted of 11 guides and 1 Sea Ranger who trained together in Folkestone, Kent with their trainer Berry Strutt. 6 girls were then selected to complete the relay on the 3rd August, during which each member took turns to swim for 1 hour at a time.
As part of the centenary celebrations in 2010 a group of 6 Guide Association members from Surrey completed the Relay Swim. Unlike the 1966 team, the group swam from England to France (the French banned swimmers from setting off on Channel swims from France in 1993). They completed the swim in 15 hours and 24 minutes, in what sounds like some challenging conditions.
Clearly the Guide Association has a tradition of completing successful Channel Swims – perhaps there will be a few more in the future.