andy’s english channel swim: august 2007

August 27, 2007

2007 08 27 20h30

Filed under: Channel swim 2007 — andy @ 9:32 pm

Swim postponed.

Pilot called from the water, wind picking up. Thursday looking likely.

2008 08 27 19h11

Filed under: Channel swim 2007 — andy @ 7:20 pm

Swim confirmed for tomorrow. 

We meet the pilot in the harbour at 07h00 UK time tomorrow. Low tide is at the same time, so it looks like a long sweep north with the flood tide, before turning south with the ebb tide soon after 13h00. My efficient crew has already packed their food & my various fuels, done dry runs of feeding routines, compiled lists etc etc and now have their feet up.  

Many thanks to all of you who have sent text messages, emails to my various email addresses & also made comments on this site.

Time for pasta again & to get some sleep.

2007 08 27 12h00

Filed under: Channel swim 2007 — andy @ 1:31 pm

The call every channel swimmer wants and dreads!

My pilot, Chris Osmond, has taken swimmers out 4 days in a row, and from my window I can see the flotilla of boats approaching the southbound shipping lane. Chris’ wife called to say that we’re 90% on for 08h30 tomorrow, and will confirm later today i.e. the swim’s on unless the weather deteriorates this afternoon. My "crew" have gone for the last minute shopping & to get out of my hair, and I’m off to Shakespeare beach for a last light swim to settle the nerves.

Please remember to monitor the SportsTrack link for realtime progress tomorrow

In addition you can sms 082 777 8186 on the boat, but please do not reply to any other number, as you will clog up our outgoing communications.

Finally, the comments facility has been reactivated - let’s hope the spam monsters don’t get us before the end of the swim.

2007 08 26 Final taper

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 1:21 pm


Final week’s swimming - very light as everyone was chasing me out of the pool.

Swimming weather at Dover been good, and some of the world’s top open water swimmers have been posting mid-boggling times, in particular Peter Stoychev from (Bulgaria - 6h57mins - see photo & map below) and Yuriy Kudinov (Russia -7h06mins).