andy’s english channel swim: august 2007


August 17, 2006

Dover 2006 08 17

Filed under: Dover — andy @ 9:18 pm

05h30 The girls relay team also staying at Varne Ridge left for their record attempt, hoping to cross faster that 9 hours. Five other boats joined them for a 06h00 swim start.

09h30 View of France

19h00 The relay team crossed in a credible time of 10h05, after a rough start to their swim. Again our pilot advises against swimming tomorrow. Cabin fever & awareness of swimmers behind me in the queue (including fellow South African Barend Nortje) is starting to make me edgy. Two years ago I persistently sms’d Hugh Tucker (see link on right) ‘patience & focus’ and now he is reminding me of that.

It appears that a high pressure system is due on Sunday or Monday; that should give us the good conditions that we are looking for. However it also appears that anyone attempting to predict the weather in Dover needs their head read.