10 DAYS IN DOVER

Reflections on Life, Food and Channel Swimming

Short Stories with Recipes

a book by Kate Curtis, coming soon.

My teammates and I knew there would be no boats taking swimmers out in these conditions. Much like waiting at base camp for the weather to clear, the sea was our Everest, and Dover was our base camp.  

The series of events that unfolded over the next ten days were some of the best times of my life. They were also the most challenging and the most life changing. These stories are all unfolding in my next book:

The idea to write a book about Dover came to me during the summer of 2016 when I was waiting to swim the English Channel. I was passing time in a small basement pub as the wind and rain howled outside.  (You’d never know it was summer with the pile of down jackets behind me.)

 

The idea to write a book about Dover came to me during the summer of 2016 when I was waiting to swim the English Channel. I was passing time in a small basement pub as the wind and rain howled outside.  (You’d never know it was summer with the pile of down jackets behind me.)

 

My teammates and I knew there would be no boats taking swimmers out in these conditions. Much like waiting at base camp for the weather to clear, the sea was our Everest, and Dover was our base camp.  

The series of events that unfolded over the next ten days were some of the best times of my life. They were also the most challenging and the most life changing. These stories are all unfolding in my next book:

Kate is a member of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation and the legendary Serpentine Swim Club located in London’s Hyde Park.

10 DAYS IN DOVER

Throughout my open-water adventures, I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for the sea, and how dangerous it can become in only a matter of minutes.

In 2019, I had the opportunity to visit The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Dover and was given a tour by Coxswain Jon Miell.  (Jon crewed our successful English Channel crossing in 2018).

It was then that I learned more about the critical lifesaving and rescue work of the RNLI, and how important this organization is throughout hundreds of coastal communities in the UK and Ireland. Most of the lifeboat crews are volunteers and the organization is 100% funded through donations.

I have committed to donate 50% of all royalties from my next book, 10 Days in Dover to supporting the lifesaving efforts of the RNLI.