Marcia Cleveland's Dover Solo: Swimming the English Channel. Since 1875, when Captain Matthew Webb became the first successful person to swim the English Channel, more people have been in outer space than have duplicated his feat. On July 29, 1994, Marcia Cleveland became the 445th person to swim the English Channel. This is the story behind her swim: the process, the preparation, and the training. Discover what motivated Marcia to swim the 23-mile Strait of Dover where the summer water temperature averages only 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In the twenty-five years since her solo swim, this Silver Anniversary edition is still "The Bible" for Open Water Swimmers in need of sound advice towards training for a marathon swim while maintaining a work, family, and life balance. It is also a compelling story of inspiration for anyone committing themselves to achieve a goal.