A guide to Dover for swimmers – Part 1 – Dover Harbour

Like my previous guide to swimming in Sandycove, there are people who live in Dover and swim there (far) more regularly than I. But also like that post, in the absence of any of the people from either place writing about the respective locations, my articles will hopefully suffice and provide some useful information for…

My Swimming Life 2012. Almosts.

Continuing the series I started with the Swimming Locations of 2012, followed by Swimming 2012 Continuing the Pictorial Tour, this is the second post of “runners-up” for my favourite photos of the year. And a rename of the series, people seem to be enjoying, very gratifying for my moderate skills. There will be two more,…

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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…

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…

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.…