English Channel Challenge

English Channel Challenge

Sisterhood vs Brotherhood

After 10 months of training at 6.30am on the River Thames and weekends at the coast, the day finally arrived. On Saturday 25th August 2007 18 paddlers and one helm set an unofficial world record as the fastest and first ever all-female crew to Dragon Boat across the English Channel. The Sisterhood completed the crossing in just 3 hours 42 minutes, only 12 minutes behind The Brotherhood – the team we had a healthy rivalry with!

Debra’s Role

Having won medals for Great Britain in Dragon Boat Racing, I was the only team member with any previous experience, so had much to bring to the project. The Atlantic Row and my Yachtmaster Qualification were also a huge help as I felt confident I could get the crew safely across the busiest shipping channel in the world. I loved the challenge of navigating and made lifelong friends through this event.


Dover, UK to Wissant, France


32 km


August 2007


3 hours 42 minutes

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Debra Searle MVO, MBE shot to fame after rowing the Atlantic solo. As a sought after motivational speaker and author, she has spoken at 1,000 events in 40+ countries.  She has founded five companies and presented over 40 programmes for the BBC.

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