Here we go, the roller coaster ride of changeable conditions is here, the weather forecast states one thing, ” The Channel” defiantly does another, the winds were forecast to ease Tuesday evening, they did not, I could feel my trailer jostling about in the wind, a reminder of how volatile the Channel is. My trailer is perched up on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover in the Varne Ridge Caravan park, David and Evelyn host me and my fellow Channel swimmers, they are wonderful hosts, I feel fortunate to be staying here.
Colm Swims slot Number 1….
Colm was due to go at 1:30am this morning ( Wednesday August 8th), last night he was all packed ready, the wind was not dropping as predicted so our pilot Neil pulled the pin at 8:30pm, no swim for Colm last night, he has left for Dover Marina, his load the boat time is 2:30pm.
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And news of my swim….I am poised ready to go, my equipment bag is packed, my feed box is packed, my after swim bag is packed and my black TYR suit, TYR goggles and favourite swim cap are laid out on my bed ready to go, along with my big blue towel with “The Swimming Hole” written on it, I love that towel and take it to all my swims.
Two and a half years of training with tremendous highs and gut wrenching lows, now we wait for the nod from the pilot, once received I will post my UK departure time here and a link to the GPS spot tracker which will be updating my location every 10 minutes….
Passion (Giving it everything you’ve got)
– author unknown