andy’s english channel swim: august 2007


August 22, 2006

swim update 22h57

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 10:27 pm

 

sms update : "Andy still going strong in spite of force 4 wind and very rough sea. Stroke rate 48. He remains in good spirits."

Pic1 Night stick visible in goggle strap. Pic2 "Keep the damn flash out of my eyes!"

swim update 19h57

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 7:57 pm

 

SMS update "Andy still going strong but conditions are shocking. Boat rock +n rolling and nearly all sea sick. Only the toughest of the tough can do this." Sounds like fun…. Just received GPS update…N51 3 753 E 001 42 145 which translates to googel earth’s 51.06255 N 1.70242 E

swim update 16h59

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 4:59 pm

latest sms : "just past halfway mark after 8 hour swim. Windspeed has increased and the weather conditions are deteriorating. Changed feeding to hot honey. Playing chicken with tankers and ferries. Whole crew seasick"

  

Pic1 Ferries travel in the same direction as the swimmers. Pic2 crew getting fresh air on the bow. Only Fran didn’t get sea-sick; she didn’t miss a beat through the whole trip.

swim update 15h52

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 3:52 pm

sms received: "water very choppy. Wind has come up. Stroke rate dropped to 48. Andy is very cold but hanging in here".

Evidently the wind is responsible for his eastward drift.

swim update 15h24

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 3:24 pm

latest GPS : N 51 4 902 E 1 33 579 which translated into google earth is 51.0817 N 1.5597 E

This looks like andy has been swept north east by currents, from what I can remember this is part of the tidal current dance, or maybe finger trouble on sms. I will try to confirm.

Swim update 13h01

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 1:51 pm

Sea choppier. Causing a bit of sea sickness. Stroke rate remains steady at 52. Wind South West 2 to 3. Diesel fumes strong. Andy chirpy. Stop for bun.

swim update 12h02

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 12:02 pm

latest GPS N 51 2 178 and E 001 19 751 which once again translated to google earth gives 51.0363 N 1.3292 E . Andy seems to be heading SSW from dover.

swim update 11h05

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 11:05 am

latest GPS N 51 2 801 E 001 17 829  which once again I "think" translates into 51.0467 N 1.2972 E for google earth. I am assuming that last three digits are xx/1000 seconds so N 51 2 801 is 51 degrees 2.801 minutes. Not sure about this so any comments appreciated…

Update 22 Aug 2006 10h33

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 10:33 am

Just on two hours. Water temp at 18 degrees. Completed 7,48km. Full of beans. Wind still north/north west. Stroke rate at 50.

Cecilia - the source of all the sms updates.

swim update 10h32

Filed under: Channel swim 2006 — andy @ 10:32 am

received sms "just on two hours. Water temp at 18 degrees. Completed 7.48km. Full of beans. Wind still north/north west. Stroke rate at 50."