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 East Coast, a notorious stretch of water.
But I have never seen water like we saw in Dover yesterday. These were taken on the rising tide.
I say it’s good enough for a relay.
Slightly longer (1 min) and different video..
Even inside the harbour was unswimmable with waves breaking over the outside harbour wall, and breaking up onto the prom.