6 days in Dover

Yes indeed, I was back in Dover last week once more. It’s over four years since I first visited Dover, and on leaving that first time, I swore I’d never return, and really meant it. I do believe my actual words were, well let’s just leave that. But it’s gotten so I now have to…

Tragic Loss in the English Channel

Tragic Loss in the English Channel Today Dear Swimmers, It is with great sadness the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation confirms the death an Irish swimmer whist attempting a solo crossing of the English Channel early this morning. Páraic Casey from Cork, Ireland began his swim at 9.13am on Saturday morning and was just 1km from the…

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Regular questions about swimming the English Channel

All Channel Swimmers get some or all the same questions, all the time. This is to help with reducing the mystery somewhat. Is it cold? This is the biggest myth. Actually it’s a little understood fact that since the mid Twentieth Century, London’s growing population has increased the heat of the Thames outflow, adding approximately 1.07…

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The English Channel from Space

English Channel addicts will remember last year’s “Channel from an airplane” image. Here’s an improvement on that, the Channel as seen from the International Space Station, the ISS. Click for full fantastic resolution. If you are a Channel swimmer, be awed. I have to admit to having a weird feeling looking at it this way…

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Announcing: marathonswimmers.org

Hello friends, future friends, open water swimmers, readers, Aspirants and marathon swimmers! For some time Evan Morrison and some others and myself have been discussing global marathon swimming. Marathon swimming is a tiny but still growing sport. As a group, we wish to see marathon swimming continue to be celebrated and encouraged and confusion with other types…

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First of the Global Tribe of marathon swimmers

There is a shared heritage of our international tribe and this is the man who started it all in 1875. In Dover this statue stands on the prom in front of the ugly flats, facing the sea, about 200 metes beyond Swimmer’s Beach towards the ferry port. Marathon swimming is a heritage and history of triumph…

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2011 CS&PF English Channel End of Season Stats

Released by CS&PF Secretary (& King of the Channel) Kevin Murphy on email (I didn’t see that one first). There were swimmers out only two days ago on the last unbookable tide. Here’s the figures: Total swims: 124 Successful 87 Unsuccessful 37 Percentage of swims (solo and relay) that were successful = 70% Total solos:…

Morning in the Strait

Change, change, change. Went to bed with fingers crossed for a chance. Woke to no apparent chance. Then … we just heard three CSA boats are out with speedies, the potentially very fast soloists, taking a chance of a window. All week Lisa & I have been telling people who don’t believe how fast it…

The sound of Dover, Port of Kings

Senses sharp. Sub-surface there’s a susurus of sliding shingle. Smooth stones slip and shift and spill while a southerly soughs softly. The sun shines, and ships slip in and out, sailing to and from the Separation Zone, spiral smoke from stacks screws skywards. Seagulls skim and swoop. Solitary sandals on the steep shore of Swimmer’s…

Crazy water in the English Channel

I’ve watched a lot of water and I’ve been in my share. Heavy waves on Crab Island, 11 metres swell in a cross wind on the west coast, Pacific Beach in San Diego and San Francisco, howling onshores on the north Scottish coast, the North Sea and Cornwall and I live on the Irish South…

How stands the wind for France?

The fog lifted like a tablecloth pulled from beneath crockery in a magic show. One hour grey limbo, the next blue cotton-candy. There are 16 ships going north and south out on the edge, in the heart of the battlefield. The beast is restless and growling from the south-east. 100 gulls rise up from beneath…

How To: Watching Dover and the English Channel

You don’t have to be planning a swim to get used to watching the Dover weather. Maybe you have friends over there. Maybe you’re thinking about the distance future. Maybe you’re just a Channel junkie. First there’s the Shipping Forecast for the immediate future. Of course, you’ll also want to understand it.This what the pilots use.…