English Channel – Success.

Today, I became a CHANNEL SWIMMER. Touching down at Cap-Gris-Nez in 11 hours 14 minutes, I also became the FIRST ITALIAN WOMAN to achieve this goal.

And I could not say this without thanking you, my friends and family, for the all of your support, prayers and kind words over the past few days.

Your messages were passed onto me via whiteboard amidst active shipping lanes, 12-18 mile an hour gusts, 1-2 meter swells, jellyfish, and a large opposing tidal current just outside the shores of France.

Tremendous thanks also goes out to Brian, my support crew – Sally, Simon, and Alice – and that of the Masterpiece, each an expert at your role, making such a feat possible and all the more enjoyable.

Now, for some rest. I will get back to everyone personally over the next few days, along with posting photo and video documentation of the adventure to my site. And please know, if you haven’t yet, it’s never too late to donate to First Descents: https://channeledin.com/posts/donate/


4 thoughts on “English Channel – Success.

  1. Alli Congratulations! You really put in a lot of effort in your preparation. You deserve that wonderful time. So what city in Italy were you born? I’ve been to Italy but never saw you there. Glad you are out of the water, warm and safe. Roger

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Congratulations, Alli. You’ve inspired me to greater things. As a 9-year survivor and a distance swimmer, I’ve enjoyed following your journey over the past few months. Looking forward to chasing a different horizon in a couple of years.

  3. Alli, CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you. All of your hard work has paid off. Look forward to hearing all about it at Masters workout. Mark

  4. No words are sufficient to express this marvelous feat. You are a champion, Allison Defrancesco! As a recent fellow cancer survivor, I am grateful to be reminded that the illness doesn’t define us. You are breaking the mold, in every way. A million congratulations!!

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