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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How Ross Edgley Swam Around Great Britain

Courtesy of Red Bull Media House, Margate Beach, Great Britain.

Ross Edgley completed his Great British Swim, an assisted stage swim around the coastlines of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

The unprecedented circumnavigation swim around Great Britain started on June 1st and ended on Margate where it started on November 18th 2018. From the start in the seaside town in Kent, Edgley jumped into the water 209 times over 157 days while neoprenely swimming 2,884 km.

His record of swimming around Great Britain was documented by his support crew including escort pilot Matt Knight:

Swim #1
From Margate beach to off Ramsgate via Foreland Point
Start Time: 1715 on June 1st
Start Position: 51 deg 23'.338 N 001 deg 222'.636 E
End Time: 2300 on June 1st
End Position: 51 deg 18'.059 N 001 deg 26'.897 E
Distance Covered: 8.84 miles
Comment: All well aboard, now at Ramsgate expecting to leave again at 0500 to be ready to start swimming again at 0600

Swim #2
From Goodwin Sands to St Margarets Bay (Dover)
Start Time: 0710 on June 2nd
Start Position: 51 deg 18'.059 N 001 deg 26'.897 E
End Time: 1030 (swim curtailed due to fog)
End Position: 51 deg 08'.604 N 001 deg 23'.550 E
Distance Covered: 12.14 miles

Swim #3
From St Margarets Bay (Dover) to halfway between Dover & Folkestone
Start Time: 1910 on June 2nd
Start Position: 51 deg 08'.604 N 001 deg 23'.550 E
End Time: 2300
End Position: 51 deg 05'.593 N 001 deg 15'.898 E
Distance Covered: 5.88 miles
Comment: We are a bit behind the original assumed plans, we are in Rye harbour taking a break between tides

Swim #4
From approximately halfway between Dover & Folkestone to approximately 3 miles S of Hythe
Start Time: 0810 on June 3rd
Start Position: 51 deg 05'.593 N 001 deg 15'.898 E
End Time: 1220
End Position: 51 deg 00'.804 N 001 deg 05'.633
Distance Covered: 8.2 miles
Comment: We should be heading off again about 2000 this evening towards Dungeness Point

Swim #5
From midway between folkestone & dungeness to 2 miles short of Dungeness
Start Time: 2000 on June 3rd
Start Position: 51 deg 00'.804N 001 deg 05'.633 E
End Time: 2300
End Position: 50 deg 57'.132 N 001 deg 01'. 307 E
Distance Covered: 5.26 nautical miles

Swim #6:
From 2 miles NE of Dungeness point to off Lydd Firing Range
Start Time: 0810 on June 4th
Start Position: 50 deg 57'.132 N 001 deg 01'. 307 E
End Time: 1300
End Position: 50 deg 52'. 734 N 000 deg 51'.050 E
Distance Covered: 9.1 nautical miles
Comment: We have been very busy managing a number of issues mainly arising out of Ross's wetsuits not really being up to the job. He has been getting very cold and also suffering from nasty chafe wounds, both of which are restricting his ability to move at expected speeds or stay in the water as long as he needs to. That said progress is steady.

Swim #7
From off Lydd Firing Range to Between Rye Harbour & Hastings
Start Time: 2040 on June 4th
Start Position: 50 deg 52'.734 N 000 deg 51'.050
End Time: 2300
End Position: 50 deg 51'. 271 N 000 deg 45'.555 E
Distance Covered: 3.8 nautical miles

Swim #8
From Twixt Rye & Hastings to off Hastings
Start Time: 0850 am on June 5th
Start Position: 50 deg 51'. 271 N 000 deg 45'.555 E
End Time: 1300 BST
End Position: 50 deg 50'.513 N 000 deg 36'.020
Distance Covered: 9.2 nautical miles

Swim #9
From Hastings to off Bexhill
Start Time: 1850 am on June 5th
Start Position: 50 deg 50'.513 N 000 deg 36'.020 E
End Time: 2200 BST
End Position: 50 deg 49'.414 N 000 deg 30'.809 E
Distance Covered: 3.5 nautical miles
Comment: We have arrived in Eastbourne! Beachy head is our next major landmark, possibly on tonights tide, which will be swim 11. All is well aboard.
Swim #10
From Off Bexhill Reef to Off Eastbourne
Start Time: 0740 BST on June 6th
Start Position: 50 DEG 49'.414 N 000 deg 30'.809 E
End Time: 1140 BST
End Position: 50 deg 46'.447 N 000 deg 22'.154 E
Distance Covered: 6.62 nautical miles
Comment: We are in Newhaven having had a marvellous rounding of Beachy Head in Millpond conditions. Suzanne has been relieved by Taz for a couple of days.

Swim #11
From off Eastbourne to Birling Gap via Beachy Head
Start Time: 1920 on June 6th
Start Position: 50 deg 46'.447N 000 deg 22'.154 E
End Time: 2300
End Position: 50 deg 43'.680 N 000 deg 12'.032 E
Distance Covered: 7.37 miles
Comment: Weather calm & good

Swim #12
From Birling Gap to Off Newhaven
Start Time: 0700 on June 7th
Start Position: 50 deg 43'.680 N 000 deg 12'.032 E
End Time: 1140 BST
End Position: 50 deg 44'.232 N 000 deg 00'.441 W
Distance Covered: 7.89 miles
Comment: Note change to west of Greenwich meridian!!! Weather overcast, but calm.

Swim #13
From off Newhaven to off Brighton (Rampion Windfarm)
Start Time: 1900 BST on June 7th
Start Position: 50 deg 44'.232 N 000 deg 00'.441 W
End Time: 2230 BST
End Position: 50 deg 44'.677 N 000 deg 08'.768 W
Distance Covered: 5.271 nautical miles
Comment: Weather calm, perfect swimming conditions

Swim #14
From off Brighton (Rampion Windfarm) to Off Shoreham/Worthing
Start Time: 0820 BST on June 8th
Start Position: 50 deg 44'.677 N 000 deg 08'.768 W
End Time: 1300 BST
End Position: 50 deg 44'.036 N 000 deg 19'.857 W
Distance Covered: 7.05 nautical miles
Comment: Weather sunny and calm, perfect swimming conditions

Swim #15
From off Brighton to off Littlehampton
Start 2030 end on June 8th
Start Position: 50 deg 44'.036 N 000 deg 19'.857 W
End Time: 2300 BST
End Position: 50 deg 43'.067 N 000 deg 28'.409 W
Distance Covered: 5.5 nautical miles
Comment: Calm seas & good weather!

Swim #16
From off Littlehampton to Off Bognor
Start Time: 0850 BST on June 9th
Start Position: 50 deg 43'.067 N 000 deg 28'.409 W
End Time: 1350 BST
End Position: 50 deg 42'.181 N 000 deg 38'. 872 W
Distance Covered: 6.72 nautical miles
Comment: Moderate seas cloudy with easterly breeze

Swim #17
From off Bognor to off Selsey
Start Time: 2020 on June 9th
Start Position: 50 deg 42'.181 N 000 deg 38'.872 W
End Time: 2330 BST
End Position: 50 deg 40'.283 N 000 deg 49'.042 W
Distance Covered: 6.61 nautical miles
Comment: Good weather continues with calm sea

Swim #18
From off Selsey to Nab Channel Solent
Start Time: 0815 BST on June 10th
Start Position 50 deg 40'.283 N 000 deg 49'.042 W
End Time: 1140 BST
End Position: 50 deg 42'.476 N 000 deg 57'.282 W
Distance Covered: 6.0 nautical miles
Comment: Slight seas sunny & with light easterly breeze

Swim #19
From Solent NAB Buoy #7 to St Helen's Fort
Start Time: 1946 on June 10th
Start Position: 50 deg 42'.476 N 000 deg 57'.282 W
End Time: 2310 BST
End Position: 50 deg 42'.844 N 001 deg 04'.214 W
Distance Covered: 4.368 nautical miles
Comment: Good weather continues with calm sea

Swim #20
From Bembridge St Helens Fort to Peel Buoy off Wooton Creek
Start Time: 0930 BST on June 11th
Start Position: 50 deg 42'.844 N 001 deg 04'.214 W
End Time: 1300 BST
End Position: 50 deg 45'.497 N 001 deg 13'.433 W
Distance Covered: 6.65 nautical miles
Comment: Swum in slight seas sunny & with light easterly breeze

Swim #21
From Peel Bank Buoy (solent east) to Salt mead Buoy (solent west)
Start Time: 2130 on June 11th
Start Position: 50 deg 45'.497 N 001 deg 13'.433 W
End Time: 0020 on June 12th
End Position: 50 deg 44'.470 N 001 deg 22'.662 W
Distance Covered: 6.7 miles
Comment: Weather lovely starry night!

Swim #22
From Salt mead Buoy (solent west) to off Christchurch
Start Time: 1030 on June 12th
Start Position: 50 deg 44'.470 N 001 deg 22'.662 W
End Time: 1440
End Position: 50 deg 40'.380 N 001 deg 40'.542 W
Distance Covered: 12.36 miles
Comment: Great tides through the solent narrows; weather sunny with light winds. We are past the Isle of Wight! We have had to take shelter from a gale in Weymouth. As a result, there was a late night Swim 12th-13th only one long day swim yesterday (13th) and no night swim overning 13th-14th. However, we have now done the day swim of 14th so there are 3 swims here to report.

Swim #23
From off Christchurch to Off Swanage
Start Time: 2300 on June 12th
Start Position: 50 deg 40'.380N 001 deg 40'. 542 W
End Time: 0200 on June 13th
End Position: 50 deg 38'.267 N 001 deg 50'.250 W
Distance Covered: 6.41 miles
Comment: Jellyfish stopped play. Calm and starry night.

Swim #24
From Off Swanage to Off Kimmeridge
Start Time: 1140 on June 13th
Start Position: 50 deg 38'.267 N 001 deg 50'.250 W
End Time: 1440 BST
End Position: 50 deg 34'.576 N 002 deg 05'.854 W
Distance Covered: 11.1 miles
Comment: Sunny with light SW winds

Swim #25
From Off Kimmeridge Bay to end Location Off Portland
Start Time: 1330 on June 14th
Start Position: 50 deg 34'.576 N 002 deg 05'.854 W
End Time: 1800
End Position: 50 deg 32'.053 N 002 deg 24'. 272 W
Distance Covered: 10.3 miles
Comment: Rough sea and scattered clouds. Confirmed the significant tidal streams have made big differences to similar length swims; we have had some 4 and 5 knot currents from time to time!

Swim #26
From start off Portland to end off Chesil
Start Time: 0015 on June 15th
Start Position: 50 deg 32'.053 N 002 deg 24'. 272 W
End Time: 0300
End Position 50 deg 33'.088 N 002 deg 31'.241 W
Distance Covered: 6.5 miles
Comment: Starry night

Swim #27
From Chesil to off Bridport
Start Time: 1300 on June 15th
Start Position: 50 deg 33'.088 N 002 deg 31'.241 W
End Time: 1730
End Position: 50 deg 38'.252 N 002 deg 39'. 897 W
Distance Covered: 7.56 miles
Comment: Sunny with south west winds. Around Portland Bill and we are looking at Devon in the distance! We are being slowed by strong headwinds at the moment so 28 and 29 have yielded only small gains - but we are anticipating better in the next few days once the winds ease.

Swim #28
Off Bridport towards Lyme Regis
Start Time: 0220 on June 16th
Start Position: 50 deg 38'.252N 002 deg 39'.897 W
End Time: 0600
End Position: 50 deg 40'. 740 N 002 deg 50'. 524 W
Distance Covered: 7.2 miles
Comment: Swim in overcast conditions

Swim #29
Off Lyme Regis
Start Time: 1420 on June 16th
Start Position: 50 deg 40'. 740 N 002 deg 50'. 524 W
End Time: 1720
End Position: 50 deg 40'.672N 002 deg 55'.364 W
Distance Covered: 3.1 miles
Comment: Wild & windy conditions; a tough couple of days in strong westerly winds. We are calling it the Battle of Lyme Bay. Only a short swim yesterday morning and nothing at all in the evening. Picking up this morning, we are nearly out of the winds now: we are off Sidmouth this morning.

Swim #30
Off Lyme Regis to off Beer
Start Time: 0355 on June 17th
Start Position: 50 deg 40'.672 N 002 deg 55'.364 W
End Time: 0714
End Position: 50 deg 40'.250 N 003 deg 01'.609W
Distance Covered: 4 miles ground out
Comment: Strong headwinds & cloudy

Swim #31
Off Beer fo Off Sidmouth
Start Time: 0400 on July 18th
Start Position: 50 deg 40'.250 N 003 deg 01'.609 W
End Time: 0740
End Position: 50 deg 37'. 470 N 003 deg 08'. 815 W
Distance Covered: 5.2 miles
Comment: Swum in overcast conditions

Swim #32
Off Sidmouth to Off Sidmouth
Start Time: 1600 on June 18th
Start Position: 50 deg 37'. 470 N 003 deg 08'.815 W
End Time: 1700
End Position: 50 deg 37'.142N 003 deg 09'. 678 W
Distance Covered: 0.75 miles
Comment: Swum in strong headwinds, swim abandoned due to lack of progress

Swim #33
From off Sidmouth to off Exmouth
Start Time: 0400 on June 19th
Start Position: 50 deg 37'.142 N 003 deg 09'. 678 W
End Time: 0830
End Position 50 deg 34'.311 N 003 deg 18'.303 W
Distance Covered: 6.12 miles
Comment: Swum in moderate headwinds & fair weather with scattered cloud

Swim #34
Off Exmouth to Off Teignmouth
Start Time: 1700 on June 19th
Start Position: 50 deg 34'.311 N 003 deg 18'.303 W
End Time: 2050
End Position: 50 deg 31'.581 N 003 deg 21'.608 W
Distance Covered: 3.48 miles
Comment: Swum in fair weather and continuing moderate headwinds

Swim #35 Off Teignmouth to off Torquay
Start Time: 0550 on June 20th
Start Position: 50 deg 31'.581 N 003 deg 21'.608 W
End Time: 1000
End Position: 50 deg 27'.902 N 003 deg 24'. 645 W
Distance Covered: 4.4 miles
Comment: Swum in overcast conditions. We have finally cleared Lyme bay and are looking at charts for Cornwall! Better weather, good tides, Visits from the Royal Navy (HMS Charger and HMS Biter) as well as a fly past from a Navy helicopter have buoyed Ross's morale...and we had a visit from a tall ship as well as dolphins.

Swim #36
Off Torbay to Berry Head
Start Time: 1820 on June 20th
Start Position: 50 deg 27'.902 N 003 deg 24'. 645 W
End Time: 2200
End Position: 50 deg 22'.262N 003 deg 28'. 068 W
Distance Covered: 6.2 miles
Comment: Swum in clearing skies and a beautiful sunset

Swim #37
From Berry Head to off Slapton
Start Time: 0700 on June 21st
Start Position: 50 deg 22'.262N 003 deg 28'. 068 W
End Time: 1100
End Position: 50 deg 15'.261N 003 deg 35'.324 W
Distance Covered: 8.323 miles
Comment: Swum in lovely weather, with dolphins and a tall ship the "Lord Nelson" for company!

Swim #38
From off Slapton to off Salcombe
Start Time: 1900 on June 21st
Start Position: 50 deg 15'.261N 003 deg 35'.324 W
End Time: 2300
End Position: 50 deg 11'.674 N 003 deg 46'.208 W
Distance Covered: 8.692 miles
Comment: Swum in perfect weather, although lots of jellyfish causing the swimmer some nasty pain

Swim #39
From off Salcombe to off Bantham
Start Time: 0730 on June 22nd
Start Position: 50 deg 11'.674 N 003 deg 46'.208 W
End Time: 1130
End Position: 50 deg 14'.439 N 003 deg 57'.377 W
Distance Covered: 7.8 miles
Comment: Swum in perfect sunshine and light winds. We are in 4 degrees of Longitude! Only 1 to go before we start heading North at last.

Swim #40 Off Bantham to Off River Yealm
Start Time: 1900 on June 22nd
Start Position: 50 deg 14'.439 N 003 deg 57'.377 W
End Time: 2200
End Position: 50 deg 15'.290 N 004 deg 01'. 460 W
Distance Covered: 2.7 miles
Comment: Swum in great conditions - except for the jellyfish which curtailed operations early

Swim #41
Off Yealm to off Plymouth Sound
Start Time: 0815 on June 23rd
Start Position: 50 deg 15'.290 N 004 deg 01'. 460 W
End Time: 1230
End Position: 50 deg 17'.270 N 004 deg 10'.296 W
Distance Covered: 6 miles
Comment: Swum in perfect weather for swimming. Thanks as always, we cross the Border into Cornwall tonight. Suzanne and Harriet well as are the rest of the crew. FANTASTIC WEATHER CONTINUES. We are looking at a fair forecast for rounding Landsend which will be a huge bonus!

Swim #42
From Devon into Cornwall across the mouth of Plymouth sound, ending off Rame Head
Start Time: 2100 on June 23rd
Start Position: 50 deg 17'.270 N 004 deg 10'.296 W
End Time: 2350
End Position: 50 deg 16'.770 N 004 deg 17'. 392 W
Distance Covered: 4.5 miles
Comment: Swum in calm & moonlit conditions; jellyfish continue to hold up longer swims

Swim #43
From Off Rame Head to Off Polperro
Start Time: 0830 on June 24th
Start Position: 50 deg 16'.770 N 004 deg 17'. 392 W
End Time: 1230
End Position: 50 deg 16'.606 N 004 deg 27'.588 W
Distance Covered: 6.5 miles
Comment: Swum in glassy smooth conditions & sunshine. The Navy arrived to escort Ross for a while and ended up having a drag race with him. HMS Biter & HMS Charger versus Ross Edgley, standing start 20 metre course, best of 3... tick over, 1200 rpm & full bore. Navy 3 Edgley 0 though close run on race 1. Nearly at the Lizard!.

Swim #44
From off Polperro to off Lantic Bay
Start Time: 2000 on June 24th
Start Position: 50 deg 16'.606 N 004 deg 27'.588 W End Time: 2340
End Position: 50 deg 15'. 689 N 004 deg 34'.225 W
Distance Covered: 4.2 miles
Comment: Swum in calm but jellyfish-infested waters

Swim #45
From off Lantic bay to Dodman Point
Start Time: 0900 on June 25th
Start Position: 50 deg 15'. 689 N 004 deg 34'.225 W
End Time: 1335
End Position: 50 deg 12'.774 N 004 deg 44'.853 W
Distance Covered: 7.2 miles
Comment: Swum in epic sunshine and flat calm

Swim #46
From Dodman to Off Falmouth
Start Time: 2000 on June 25th
Start Position: 50 deg 12'.774 N 004 deg 44'.853 W
End Time: 2310
End Position: 50 deg 08'. 938 N 004 deg 51'. 498 W
Distance Covered: 5.8 miles
Comment: Swum in moonlight and glassy calm. Ross with a face mask on to stop jellyfish. We hope to make it to Lizard Point tomorrow! A tiring few days with rough seas off Lizard point, but we have now made it to Mounts Bay and Lands End is within grasp!

Swim #47
From Falmouth Bay to The Manacles
Start Time: 0900 on June 26th
Start Position: 50 deg 08'. 938 N 004 deg 51'. 498 W
End Time: 1300
End Position: 50 deg 04'.164 N 005 deg 01'.685 W
Distance Covered: 8.2 miles
Comment: Swum in smooth seas and sunshine. We are in 5 degrees longitude.

Swim #48
From The Manacles to Black Head
Start Time: 2030 on June 26th
Start Position: 50 deg 04'.164 N 005 deg 01'.685 W
End Time: 2330
End Position: 49 deg 59'.033 N 005 deg 07'.230 W
Distance Covered: 6.53 miles
Comment: Moonlight and good weather

Swim #49
From Black Head to Mounts Bay off Mullion
Start Time: 1000 on June 27th
Start Position: 49 deg 59'.033 N 005 deg 07'.230 W End Time: 1400
End Position: 49 deg 57'.529 N 005 deg 16'.742 W
Distance Covered: 7.25 miles
Comment: Swum in rough seas and strong Easterly winds

Swim #50
From Mounts Bay off Mullion to Mounts Bay middle
Start Time: 1010 on June 28th
Start Position: 49 deg 57'.529 N 005 deg 16'.742 W
End Time: 1450
End Position: 50 deg 01'. 200 N 005 deg 28'.867 W
Distance Covered: 8.7 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine. All well aboard. We have had a busy time with the rounding of landsend and some long days and nights, as well as some stops with no signal in the remoter coves of NW cornwall.

Swim #51
From Mounts bay to Gewnnapp Head
Start Time: 1100 on June 29th
Start Position: 50 deg 01’.200 N 005 deg 28’. 867 W
End Time: 1545
End Position 50 deg 01’.981 N 005 deg 41’.131 W
Distance Covered: 8.0 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine and light following breeze

Swim #52
From Gwennapp Head to Off St Ives
Start Time: 1120 on June 30th
Start Position: 50 deg 01’.981 N 005 deg 41’.131 W
End Time: 1940
End Position: 50 deg 13’.413N 005 deg31’.894 W
Distance Covered: 16.1 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine and smooth seas!

Swim #53
From Off St Ives to Off Portreath
Start Time: 0320 on July 1st
Start Position: 50 deg 13’.413N 005 deg31’.894 W
End Time: 0930
End Position: 50 deg 17’.735 N 005 deg 21’.584 W
Distance Covered: 8.1 miles
Comment: Swum in perfect swimming conditions

Swim #54
From Off Portrteath to Off Trevaunce Cove
Start Time: 1540 on July 1st
Start Position: 50 deg 17’.735 N 005 deg 21’.584 W
End Time: 1940
End Position: 50 deg 20’.835 N 005 deg 16’.546 W
Distance Covered: 4.1 miles
Comment: Swum in strong headwinds

Swim #55
July 2nd 2018 start 0600 end 0920
From Off Trevaunce Cove to Off Crantock
Start Time: 0600 on July 2nd
Start Position: 50 deg 20’.835 N 005 deg 16’.546 W
End Time: 0920
End Position: 50 deg 23’.866N 005 deg 12’.123 W
Distance Covered: 4.3 miles
Comment: Swum in fair weather and lumpy seas. All well, we are looking at NEWQUAY THIS EVENING! Gosh things are moving fast we have been rattling off the miles and I can hardly keep up. Halfway from Bude to Lundy tonight.

Swim #56
From Crantock to Newquay Bay
Start Time: 1600 on July 2nd end 2100
Start Position: 50 deg 23’.866N 005 deg 12’.123 W
End Time: 2100
End Position: 50 deg 28'.530 N 005 deg 03'.883W
Distance Covered: 7.28 miles
Comment: Swum in fair conditions

Swim #57
From Newquay Bay to Trevose Head
Start Time: 0530 on July 3rd
Start Position: 50 deg 28'.530 N 005 deg 03'.883W
End Time: 1030
End Position: 50 deg 32'.967 N 005 deg 02'.438 W
Distance Covered: 4.72 miles
Comment: Swum in choppy conditions

Swim #58
From Trevose Head to Off Padstow
Start Time: 1700 on July 3rd
Start Position: 50 deg 32'.967 N 005 deg 02'.438 W
End Time: 2040
End Position: 50 deg 36'. 590 N 004 deg 55'. 162 W
Distance Covered: 6.10 miles
Comment: Swum in fair weather

Swim #59
From Off Padstow to Off Tintagel
Start Time: 0615 on July 4th
Start Position: 50 deg 36'. 590 N 004 deg 55'. 162 W
End Time: 1130
End Position: 50 deg 41'.238 N 004 deg 45'.851 W
Distance Covered: 7.68 miles
Comment: Swum in overcast, but calm weather

Swim #60
From Off Tintagel to Off Dizard Pt
Start Time: 1730 on July 4th
Start Position: 50 deg 41'.238 N 004 deg 45'.851 W
End Time: 2200
End Position: 50 deg 47'.033N 004 deg 39'. 177 W
Distance Covered: 7.1 miles
Comment: Swum in perfect weather

Swim #61
From Off Dizard Pt to Bude
Start Time: 0900 on July 5th
Start Position: 50 deg 47'.033N 004 deg 39'. 177 W
End Time: 1100
End Position: 50 deg 50'. 691 N 004 deg 36'. 513 W
Distance Covered: 4.1 miles
Comment: Swum in glassy calm

Swim #62
From Bude to off Hartland
Start Time: 1830 on July 5th
Start Position: 50 deg 50'. 691 N 004 deg 36'. 513 W
End Time: 2250
End Position: 50 deg 58'.751 N 004 deg 37'. 617 W
Distance Covered: 8.1 miles
Comment: Swum in fair weather and lumpy seas. Slowly making progress across the Bristol Channel with tricky tides to negotiate. Hoping to be in reach of Wales tomorrow - just sailing in to anchor near Tenby tonight due to headwinds.

Swim #63
From Hartland to Off Lundy
Start Time: 0640 on July 6th
Start Position: 50 deg 58'.751 N 004 deg 37'.617 W
End Time: 1240
End Position: 51 deg 08'.929 N 004 deg 34'.943 W
Distance Covered: 10.7 miles
Comment: Swum in lovely conditions

Swim #64
From South East Lundy to East Lundy
Start Time: 1840 on July 6th
Start Position: 51 deg 08'.929 N 004 deg 34'.943 W
End Time: 2130
End Position: 51 deg 10’. 843 N 004 deg 36’. 433 W
Distance Covered: 2.33 miles
Comment: Swum in calm conditions and with a fair weather sunset

Swim #65
From East Lundy to North Lundy
Start Time: 0640 on July 7th
Start Position: 51 deg 10’. 843 N 004 deg 36’. 433 W
End Time: 1140
End Position: 51 deg 12’.263 N 004 deg 40’.263 W
Distance Covered: 3.07 miles
Comment: Swum in calm conditions and fair weather

Swim #66
From North Lundy Towards Pembrokeshire
Start Time: 1700 on July 7th
Start Position: 51 deg 12’.263 N 004 deg 40’.263 W
End Time: 2350
End Position; 51 deg 16’. 836 N 004 deg 45’. 945 W
Distance Covered: 8.1 miles
Comment: Swum in calm conditions with sunset and stars in beautiful weather

Swim #67
From between Lundy and W Wales
Start Time: 0820 on July 8th
Start Position: 51 deg 16’. 836 N 004 deg 45’. 945 W
End Time: 1310
End Position: 51 deg 21’.317 N 004 deg 45’.005 W
Distance Covered: 4.85 miles
Comment: Swum in sunny conditions

Swim #68
From between Lundy & W Wales
Start Time: 1610 on July 8th
Start Position: 51 deg 21’.317 N 004 deg 45’.005 W
End Time: 2050
End Position: 51 deg 22’. 791 N 004 deg 50’. 575 W
Distance Covered: 4.1 miles
Comment: Swum in breezy sunshine

Swim #69
From Mid Lundy/Pembrokeshire towards Pembrokeshire
Start Time: 0500 on July 9th
Start Position: 51 deg 22’. 791 N 004 deg 50’. 575 W
End Time: 0900
End Position: 51 deg 25’.023N 004 Deg 58’.222 W
Distance Covered: 5.2 miles
Comment: Swum in light wind conditions

Swim #70
From Off St Govans Head to Off Broadhaven
Start Time: 1150 on July 9th
Start Position: 51 deg 25’.023N 004 Deg 58’.222 W
End Time: 1600
End Position: 51 deg 29’.920 N 004 deg 51’. 944 W
Distance Covered: 6.41 miles
Comment: Swim in sunshine with minke whale accompanying. Having tick tacked across the Bristol Channel to utilise the cross currents, we are now in Pembrokeshire and back in tidal flows that we can fully utilise. You are correct that the variable & close timing of some of the swims in the Bristol Channel were due to jumping from ebb tides to flood tides rather than looking for all ebbs (as we were in the English Channel) or all floods (which was on the North coast of Cornwall and will be for the way up the Irish sea). Here are records for the Pembrokeshire coast. We have a couple more swims near the Islands of Skomer & Ramsey and then heading out into the Irish sea when there may be a bit of a gap in comms as the best route carries us offshore for a few days.

Swim #71
From off St Govans head to off Linney head
Start Time: 1750 on July 10th
Start Position: 51 deg 29’.920 N 004 deg 51’. 944 W
End Time: 2210
End Position: 51 deg 32’. 542 N 005 deg 05’.527 W
Distance Covered: 8.9 miles
Comment: Swum in light wind and favourable tide!

Swim #72
From Off Linney Head to Off Milford Haven
Start Time: 0520 on July 11th
Start Position: 51 deg 32’. 542 N 005 deg 05’.527 W
End Time: 0940
End Position: 51 deg 39’.215 N 005 deg 14’. 140 W
Distance Covered: 8.86 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine

Swim #73
From Off Milford Haven to South of Skomer Island
Start Time: 1730 on July 11th
Start Position: 51 deg 39’.215 N 005 deg 14’. 140 W
End Time: 2000
End Position: 51 deg 45’.582 N 005 deg 20’.401 W
Distance Covered: 7.8 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine and strong currents

Swim #74
From off Skomer to off Ramsey Islands
Start Time: 0700 on July 12th
Start Position: 51 deg 45'.528N 005 deg 20'.401W
End Time: 0900
End Position: 51 deg 49'.288N 005 deg 23'.869 W
Distance Covered: 4.33 miles
Comment: Swum in choppy seas. A short swim due to late start and swimmer fatigue. We have anchored for a rest day in Solkva harbour to prepare and provision for the Irish Sea crossing. Many puffins seen along with guillemots and razorbills. In haste, poor signal off Dublin where we pulled in very briefly for water and fuel. Crazy few days of very strong tides have swept us up the Irish sea. Records are tumbling.

Swim #75
From Ramsey Island to Irish Sea pos 1
Start Time: 0630 on July 14th
Start Position: 51 deg 49'.288N 005 deg 23'.869 W
End Time: 1215
End Position: 52 deg 05'.862N 005 deg 26'.753 W
Distance Covered: 18.1 miles
Comment: Swum in strong tides

Swim #76
Irish Sea stage 2
Start Time: 1910 on July 14th
Start Position: 52 deg 05'.862 N 005 deg 26'.753 W
End Time: 2125
End Position: 52 deg 14'.411 N 005 deg 25'.103 W
Distance Covered: 8.8 miles
Comment: Swum in smooth seas

Swim #77
Irish Sea stage 3
Start Time: 0745 on July 15th
Start Position: 52 deg 14'.411 N 005 deg 25'.103 W
End Time: 1250
End Position: 52 deg 30'.858 N 005 deg 24'.591 W
Distance Covered: 16.6 miles
Comment: Swum in continued fair weather & strong tides

Swim #78
Irish Sea stage 4
Start Time: 1940 on July 15th
Start Position: 52 deg 30'.858 N 005 deg 24'.591 W
End Time: 0030 on July 16th
End Position: 52 deg 44'.923 N 005 deg 25'.236 W
Distance Covered: 14.39 miles
Comment: Swum in relentlessly strong spring tides

Swim #79
Irish Sea stage 5
Start Time: 0920 on July 16th
Start Position: 52 deg 44'.923 N 005 deg 25'.236 W
End Time: 1410
End Position: 52 deg 59'.204 N 005 deg 25'.507 W
Distance Covered: 14.43 miles
Comment: The gravy train of currents and weather continues to shoot us north

Swim #80
Irish Sea stage 6
Start Time: 2220 on July 16th
Start Position: 52 deg 59'.204 N 005 deg 25'.507 W
End Time: 0030 on July 17th
End Position: 53 deg 05'.749 N 005 deg 24'.703 W
Distance Covered: 6.7 miles
Comment: Swim curtailed by jellyfish in the dark

Swim #81
Irish Sea stage 7
Start Time: 1050 on July 17th
Start Position: 53 deg 05'.749 N 005 deg 24'.703 W
End Time: 1540
End Position: 53 deg 20'. 198 N 005 deg 29'.272 W
Distance Covered: 14.97 miles
Comment: On it goes! Our fantastic run up the Irish Sea has slowed to a more normal pace as the tides have become less strong and the weather has deteriorated - our first proper rain today, we have taken shelter in the Isle of Man

Swim #82

Irish Sea stage 8
Start Time: 2300 on July 17th
Start Position: 53 deg 20'. 198 N 005 deg 29'.272 W
End Time: 0150 on July 18th
End Position: 53 deg 28'.256 N 005 deg 30'. 134 W
Distance Covered: 8.11 miles
Comment: Swum in the dark

Swim #83
Irish Sea stage 9
Start Time: 1230 on July 18th
Start Position: 53 deg 28'.256 N 005 deg 30'. 134 W
End Time: 1600
End Position: 53 deg 36''.276N 005 deg 28'. 524 W
Distance Covered: 8.2 miles
Comment: Swum in flat calm after a brief pitstop to water and fuel in Howth, north of Dublin

Swim #84
Irish Sea stage 10
Start Time: 0030 on July 19th
Start Position: 53 deg 36'.276N 005 deg 28'. 524 W
End Time: 0415
End Position: 53 deg 41'.037N 005 deg 26'.510 W
Distance Covered: 5.1 miles
Comment: Swum in the dark, but calm conditions

Swim #85
Irish Sea stage 11
Start Time: 1250 on July 19th
Start Position: 53 deg 41'.037 N 005 deg 26'.510 W
End Time: 1715
End Position: 53 deg 50'.239 N 005 deg 20'.750W
Distance Covered: 9.6 miles
Comment: Swum in sunny and calm weather. Minke whales have appeared again - three separate sightings of a large and a small animal together probably the same pair cruising around nearby.

Swim #86
Irish Sea stage 12
Start Time: 0340 on July 20th
Start Position: 53 deg 50'.239 N 005 deg 20'.750W
End Time: 0730
End Position: 53 deg 54'.272 N 005 deg 13'.601 W
Distance Covered: 6.15 miles
Comment: Swum in rain and increasing wind curtailed by jellyfish. Everyone here tired, but OK

Swim #87
In the North Channel - Irish sea approaching Isle of Man
Start Time: 1350 on July 21st
Start Position: 53 deg 54'.272 N 005 deg 13'.601 W
End Time: 2130
End Position: 53 deg 58’.254 N 005 deg 04’. 431W
Distance Covered: 8.1 miles
Comment: Swum in slackening tides, calm sea & overcast

Swim #88
Off the Isle of Man
Start Time: 0920 on July 22nd
Start Position: 53 deg 58’.254 N 005 deg 04’. 431W
End Time: 1450
End Position: 54 deg 04’.880 N 005 deg 06’.761W
Distance Covered: 7.0 miles
Comment: Swum in slack tides and light rain light breeze

Swim #89
Off Isle of Man
Start Time: 2130 on July 22nd
Start Position: 54 deg 04’.880 N 005 deg 06’.761W
End Time: 2320
End Position: 54 deg 08’.416N 005 deg 05’.886 W
Distance Covered: 3.65 miles
Comment: Jellyfish attack stopped play

Swim #90
Isle of Man towards North Channel
Start Time: 0800 on July 23rd
Start Position: 54 deg 08’.416N 005 deg 05’.886 W
End Time: 1500
End Position: 54 deg 18’.034 N 005 deg 09’. 606W
Distance Covered: 9.9 miles
Comment: Swum in good weather. Northern Ireland for dinner! We are looking out for the Mull of Galloway, our first view of Scotland! We have been slowed by slack tides to the North of the Isle of Man, plus a concerted assault by jellyfish restricting us to daytime swimming for the last couple of days. Today however we broke free into the North Channel meaning the tides are running strongly again and we should see numbers start to rise again as we head towards the Mull of Kintyre. The Mull of Galloway is clearly visible to the East, meaning wqe are over the Scottish border in terms of longitude - if the Northern Irish side of the channel.

Swim #91
Irish Sea towards North Channel
Start Time: 1030 on July 24th
Start Position: 54 deg 18’.034 N 005 deg 09’. 606W
End Time: 1600
End Position: 54 deg 22'.746 N 005 deg 12'.511 W
Distance Covered: 5.1 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine and smooth seas

Swim #92
North Channel approaches to North Channel off Portavogie
Start Time: 1030 on July 25th end 1615
Start Position: 54 deg 22'.746 N 005 deg 12'.511 W
End Time: 1615
End Position; 54 deg 32'.032 N 005 deg 16'.344 W
Distance Covered: 9.55 miles
Comment: Swum in light southerly breeze & sunshine. We have made landfall in Scotland, then had to stop for a day and hide back over in Northern Ireland from a gale, our first of the trip.

Swim #93
From Off Portavogie to off Ballywalter
Start Time: 0130 on July 26th
Start Position: 54 deg 32'.032 N 005 deg 16'.344 W
End Time: 0330
End Position: 54 deg 36'.363N 005 deg 17'. 483 W
Distance Covered: 4.39 miles
Comment: Swum in the dark but with a reddening moon, the first influence of the eclipse

Swim #94
From off Ballywalter to off Portpatrick (Scotland)
Start Time: 1230 on July 26th
Start Position: 54 deg 36'.363N 005 deg 17'. 483 W
End Time: 1700
End Position: 54 deg 46'.151N 005 deg 22'.081 W
Distance Covered: 10.17 miles
Comment: Swum in good tides and freshening breeze

Swim #95
From off Portpatrick to North Channel direction Mull of Kintyre
Start Time: 1315 on July 27th
Start Position: 54 deg 46'.151N 005 deg 22'.081 W
End Time: 1815
End Position: 54 deg 56'.070N 005 deg 26'.996 W
Distance Covered: 10.35 miles
Comment: Swum in fresh breeze & good currents

Swim #96
From North Channel towards Mull of Kintyre
Start Time: 0220 on July 28th
Start Position: 54 deg 56'.070N 005 deg 26'.996 W
End Time: 0550
End Position: 55 deg 05'.451 N 005 deg 34'.724 W
Distance Covered: 10.44 miles
Comment: Swum in good tides and chilly Scottish dawn light. We ran for cover over on the Irish side at Glenarm due to Severe Gale 9 forecast with an overnight stop at Glenarm. Today we are back out to aim for the Mull of Kintyre. 14 miles to go till this headland, the rounding of which will give us a clear run up to the Hebrides. We have had intermittent internet signal and rarely when I am able to sit down and transcribe. We are firmly into Scotland - and although beautiful it is, sadly, raining.

Swim #97
From North Channel to Mull of Kintyre
Start Time: 1400 on July 29th
Start Position: 55 deg 05’.451N 005 deg 34’.724 W
End Time: 1900
End Position: 55 deg 14’.625N 005 deg 47’.981 W
Distance Covered: 11.2 miles
Comment: Swum in improving post gale conditions

Swim #98
From Mull of Kintyre to Off Macrahanish
Start Time: 1330 on July 30th
Start Position: 55 deg 14’.625N 005 deg 47’.981 W
End Time: 1800
End Position: 55 deg 28’.543N 005 deg 48’.528 W
Distance Covered: 14.57 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine & spring tides. Ross new record speed of 6.8 knots in tide race around the Mull!

Swim #99
From Macrahanish to Muasdale
Start Time: 0440 on July 31st
Start Position: 55 deg 28’.543N 005 deg 48’.528 W
End Time: 0710
End Position: 55 deg 33’.500N 005 deg 46’.932W
Distance Covered: 5.18 miles
Comment: Swum in dawn, breezy and fresh conditions. 99 swims & over 700 miles.

Swim #100
From Muasdale towards Gigha Island
Start Time: 1350 on July 31st
Start Position: 55 deg 33’.500N 005 deg 46’.932W
End Time: 1840
End Position: 55 deg 39’.331 N 005 deg 43’.898 W
Distance Covered: 6.1 miles
Comment: Swum in strong & gusty winds with choppy seas 100 swims in 2 months

Swim #101
From South of Gigha Is. To Gigha Island N.
Start Time: 0510 on August 1st
Start Position: 55 deg 39’.331 N 005 deg 43’.898 W
End Time: 0830
End Position: 55 deg 43’.731 N 005 deg 42’.113 W
Distance Covered: 4.61 miles
Comment: Swum in continuing strong winds

Swim #102
From Gigha Island N. to Off Loch Caoliport
Start Time: 1500 on August 1st
Start Position: 55 deg 43’.731 N 005 deg 42’.113 W
End Time: 1830
End Position: 55 deg 51’.916N 005 deg 43’.624 W
Distance Covered: 8.24 miles
Comment: Swum in uncomfortable gusty conditions with rain squalls

Swim #103
From Off Loch Caoliport to Carraigh an Daimh
Start Time: 0600 on August 2nd
Start Position: 55 deg 51’.916N 005 deg 43’.624 W
End Time: 0930
End Position: 55 deg 57’.162 N 005 deg 45’.270 W
Distance Covered: 5.34 miles
Comment: Swum in flat seas and fog

Swim #104
From Carraigh an Daimh to Gulf of Corryvreckan approaches
Start Time: 1615 on August 2nd
Start Position: 55 deg 57’.162 N 005 deg 45’.270 W
End Time: 2000
End Position 56 deg 04’.995N 005 deg 39’.456 W
Distance Covered: 8.40 miles
Comment: Swum in flat seas and drizzle, low cloud & fog. We are anchored for the night on the edge of the Gulf of Corryvreckan, trying to work out how to get a swimmer safely across the enormous whirlpools that plague the area. We are in the sound of Mull, heading through the inner Hebrides. Its beautiful and we have been enjoying the clam waters in the islands...but it has been wet.

Swim #105
In the Gulf of Corryvreckan
Start Time: 0730 on August 3rd
Start Position: 56 deg 04'.995N 005 deg 39'.456 W
End Time: 0920
End Position" 56 deg 07'..287 N 005 deg 37'.770 W
Distance Covered: 2.5 miles
Comment: Swum in overcast calm, with swirling whirlpools and eddies

Swim #106
From Gulf of Corryvreckan to Sound of Shuna
Start Time: 1600 on August 3rd
Start Position: 56 deg 07'..287 N 005 deg 37'.770 W
End Time: 1940
End Position: 56 deg 13'.015 N 005 deg 37'.479 W
Distance Covered: 5.40 miles
Comment: Swum in calm water and improved weather

Swim #107
From Sound of Shuna to Seil Sound/Clachan Sound
Start Time: 1715 on August 4th
Start Position: 56 deg 13'.015 N 005 deg 37'.479 W
End Time: 2035
End Position: 56 deg 17'.431 N 005 deg 35'.596 W
Distance Covered: 4.5 miles
Comment: Swum in calm water and overcast mizzle

Swim #108
From Seil Sound/Clachan Sound to Off Kerrera Island
Start Time: 0915 on August 5th
Start Position 56 deg 17'.431 N 005 deg 35'.596 W
End Time: 1230
End Position: 56 deg 21'.261 N 005 deg 35'.448 W
Distance Covered: 3.8 miles
Comment: Swum in through the Clachan Sound under the Bridge over the Atlantic. More calm water and overcast mizzle

Swim #109
From off Kerrera Island to Duart Bay (Isle of Mull)
Start Time: 1900 on August 5th
Start Position 56 deg 21'.261 N 005 deg 35'.448 W
End Time: 2305
End Position: 56 deg 27'.855 N 005 deg 39'.199 W
Distance Covered: 6.9 miles
Comment: Glassy smooth seas and overcast, but back in open water and better current. Jellyfish stopped play in the dark. After a somewhat slow passage through the Sound of Mull, we are back out in open water for a few days heading for Skye. Today we passed another auspicious landmark- Ardnamurchan point, which I think is the westernmost point on the mainland of Great Britain, and as far west as we will go - from this point it is all East of here. Anchored for the night at Muck Island. My late Grandmother told us poems about the Small Isles of Rhum, Eigg and Muck when we were very young - thought it was a great hoot.

Swim #110
From off Duart Bay (Isle of Mull) to Sound of Mull
Start Time: 0855 on August 6th end 1235
Start Position: 56 deg 27'.855 N 005 deg 39'.199 W
End Time: 1235
End Position: 56 deg 30'.107 N oo5 deg 46'.571 W
Distance Covered: 4.5 miles
Comment: Swum in flat water and slack tides

Swim #111
From Sound of Mull to off Salen
Start Time: 1925 on August 6th
Start Position: 56 deg 30'.107 N 005 deg 46'.571 W
End Time: 2155
End Position: 56 deg 31'.725 N 005 deg 51'.275 W
Distance Covered: 3.3 miles
Comment: Swum in flat water and overcast dusk, curtailed by jellyfish to the mouth

Swim #112
From off Salen to Off Tobermory
Start Time: 0820 on August 7th
Start Position: 56 deg 31'.725 N 005 deg 51'.275 W
End Time: 1315
End Position: 56 deg 37'.833 N 006 deg 02'.284 W
Distance Covered: 8.79 miles
Comment: Swum in improved tides and fair weather

Swim #113
From off Tobermory to Ardmore Point
Start Time: 2020 on August 7th
Start Position: 56 deg 37'.833 N 006 deg 02'.284 W
End Time: 2300
End Position: 56 deg 39'.914 N 006 deg 06'.555 W
Distance Covered: 3.13 miles
Comment: Swum in fair weather, but looming dark. Curtailed to await big tidal gate and potential 8 hour swim on 8th

Swim #114
From Ardmore Point to Off Muck Island
Start Time: 1010 on August 8th
Start Position: 56 deg 39'.914 N 006 deg 06'.555 W
End Time: 1650
End Position: 56 deg 48'.506 N 006 deg 07'699 W
Distance Covered: 11.99 miles
Comment: Swum in squally & windy weather. We rounded Ardnamurchan Point, our westernmost point on Mainland GB and were visited by the Bessie Ellen, a West country trading ketch from the early 20th Century, skippered by an old seafaring friend of ours. Sights are firmly set on Cape Wrath although a "media day" is planned with BBC and ITV on 13th - 14th in Skye when Ross will become the first man to have swum continuously for more than 73 days. Swimming progress has been slowed by media duties as Ross broke a world record this week and ITV and BBC news have been here. However, we have worked our way up to Skye and we are sitting in view of the Bridge - we will pass under it this afternoon we hope.

Swim #115
From off Muck Island to Off Arisaig
Start Time: 1100 on August 9th
Start position 56 deg 48'.506 N 006 deg 07'699 W
End Time: 1805
End Position: 56 deg 57'.134N 005 deg 58'.218 W
Distance Covered: 10.07 miles
Comment: Swum in calm weather with occasional showers

Swim #116
From off Arisaig to Sound of Sleat
Start Time: 1330 on August 10th
Start Position: 56 deg 57'.134N 005 deg 58'.218 W
End Time: 1840
End Position: 57 deg 01'.727N 005 deg 52'.687 W
Distance Covered: 5.55 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas and overcast with occasional showers

Swim #117
From Sound of Sleat to Off Armadale
Start Time: 0540 on August 11th
Start Position: 57 deg 01'.727N 005 deg 52'.687 W
End Time: 0800
End Position: 57 deg 03'.672 N 005 deg 50'.899 W
Distance Covered: 2.2 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas sheltered by the Isle of Skye at dawn

Swim #118
From Armadale to Off Ornsay
Start Time: 1430 on August 11th
Start Position: 57 deg 03'.672 N 005 deg 50'.899 W
End Time: 1910
End Position: 57 deg 07'.319 N 005 deg 46'227W
Distance Covered: 4.473 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas sheltered by the Isle of Skye

Swim #119
From off Ornsay to Loch Hourne
Start Time: 0555 on August 12th
Start Position: 57 deg 07'.319 N 005 deg 46'227W
End Time: 0831
End Position: 57 deg 09'.570 N 005 deg 44'.647 W
Distance Covered: 2.44 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas still sheltered by the Isle of Skye

Swim #120
From Loch Hourne to Kyle of Lochalsh
Start Time: 1505 on August 12th
Start Position: 57 deg 09'.570 N 005 deg 44'.647 W
End Time: 1915
End Position: 57 deg 15'.767 N 005 deg 39'.366 W
Distance Covered: 8.1 miles
Comment: Flying at up to 8.7 knots through the tidal narrows of Kyle Rhea

Swim #121
From Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyle of Lochalsh
Start Time: 1530 on August 13th
Start Position: 57 deg 15'.767 N 005 deg 39'.366 W
End Time: 1700
End Position: 57 deg 16'.259 N 005 deg 40'.040 W
Distance Covered: 0.5 miles
Comment: Media day with ITV cameras - no serious attempt to make progress. Sorry in haste with grabbed wifi, much time at sea in the remotest bit of Scotland and very little internet.

Swim #122
From Kyle to Crowlin Island
Start Time: 1455 on August 15th
Start Position: 57 deg 16’.279 N 005 deg 40’.553 W
End Time: 2017
End Position: 57 deg 20’.035 N 005 deg 48’.978 W
Distance Covered: 6.9 miles
Comment: Swum in strong winds, gale force gusts and heavy rain squalls

Swim #123
From Crowlin Island to Raasay Sound (Butec Range Control tower)
Start Time: 0540 on August 16th
Start Position: 57 deg 20’.035 N 005 deg 48’.978 W
End Time: 1116
End Position: 57 deg 27’.640 N 005 deg 52’.740 W
Distance Covered: 8.09 miles
Comment: Swum in continuing strong winds, gales and heavy squalls

Swim #124
From Raasay Sound (Butec Range Control tower) to Rassay Inner Sound
Start Time: 1750 on August 16th
Start Position 57 deg 27’.640 N 005 deg 52’.740 W
End Time: 2110
End Position: 57 deg 31’.052 N 005 deg 52’.208 W
Distance Covered: 3.5 hard miles
Comment: Swum in strong winds & squalls

Swim #125
From Rassay Inner Sound to Loch Torridon
Start Time: 0850 on August 17th
Start Position: 57 deg 31’.052 N 005 deg 52’.208 W
End Time: 1400
End Position: 57 deg 37’.983 N 005 deg 50’.706 W
Distance Covered: 7.02 miles
Comment: Swum in squally weather, rain and generally rough Scottish conditions

Swim #126
From Loch Torridon to Longa island
Start Time: 1550 on August 18th
Start Position: 57 deg 37’.983 N 005 deg 50’.706 W
End Time: 2005
End Position: 57 deg 44’.507 N 005 deg 50’.766 W
Distance Covered: 6.49 miles
Comment: Swum in improving weather but still lumpy seas

Swim #127
From Longa island to Rubha Reidh
Start Time: 1210 on August 19th
Start Position: 57 deg 44’.507 N 005 deg 50’.766 W
End Time: 2010
End Position: 57 deg 51'.717 N 005 deg 49'.558 W
Distance Covered: 7.28 miles
Comment: Swum in better weather and calmer seas

Swim #128
From Rubha Reidh to off Loch Ewe
Start Time: 1315 on August 20th
Start Position: 57 deg 51'.717 N 005 deg 49'.558 W
End Time: 1935
End Position: 57 deg 57'.617N 005 deg 41'.392 W
Distance Covered: 7.22 miles
Comment: Swum in fair weather and calm seas. Basking sharks, a delivery of lobster from a local potsman, and lots of seabirds. It is getting remote and wild. Just south of Cape Wrath - still limited access to internet.

Swim #129
From off Loch Ewe to off the Summer Isles
Start Time: 1335 on August 21st
Start Position: 57 deg 57'.617N 005 deg 41'.392 W
End Time: 1810
End Position: 58 deg 02’.404N 005 deg 38’.090 W
Distance Covered: 5.15 miles
Comment: Swum in very rough seas and a building gale

Swim #130
From Summer Isles to Enard Bay
Start Time: 1420 on August 22nd
Start Position: 58 deg 02’.404N 005 deg 38’.090 W
End Time: 2005
End Position: 58 deg 08’.867 N 005 deg 30’.802 W
Distance Covered: 8.0 miles
Comment: Swum in rough seas and strong squally winds with rain

Swim #131
From Enard Bay to Off Stoer Head
Start Time: 1320 on August 23rd
Start Position: 58 deg 08’.867 N 005 deg 30’.802 W
End Time: 2000
End Position 58 deg 17’.736 N 005 deg 21’.472 W
Distance Covered: 10.15 miles
Comment: Swum in improving tides, slightly better weather and (still rough) but calmer seas

Swim #132
From Off Stoer Head to Off Handa Island
Start Time: 0645 on August 24th
Start Position: 58 deg 17’.736 N 005 deg 21’.472 W
End Time: 1150
End Position: 58 deg 22’.014 N 005 deg 16’. 708 W
Distance Covered: 5.01 miles
Comment: Swum in choppy and uncomfortable seas despite light winds. We hope to round cape Wrath next 36 hours; all well aboard. We are just emerging from our long and arduous trip around Cape Wrath and across the top of Scotland...bit of a backlog due to very patchy internet signal and long hours in extremely remote and challenging navigational area. We arrived in relative civilisation today at Thurso - somewhere we know well for the many happy hours we have spent surfing here...Tomorrow and Friday, the weather and tides look OK for Ross to swim to Jon O Groats! It is going to be less than 2 months since he left Landsend. The only previous swimmer to do the Lands End to J.O G section took 144 days! Everyone well aboard, but all a bit exhausted. We will do day swims only for the next few days while we recover a bit and prepare for the next big crossing - the Moray Firth.

Swim #133
From off Handa Island to off Kinlochbervie
Start Time: 1745 on August 25th
Start Position: 58 deg 22’.014 N 005 deg 16’. 708 W
End Time: 2225
End Position: 58 deg 28’.608N 005 deg 12’.033W
Distance Covered: 7.07 miles
Comment: Swum in large unruly swells, but reasonable weather

Swim #134
From off Kinlochbervie to Cape Wrath
Start Time: 0635 on August 26th
Start Position: 58 deg 28’.608N 005 deg 12’.033W
End Time: 1100
End Position: 58 deg 37’.218 N 005 deg 02’.148W
Distance Covered: 10.07 miles
Comment: Swum in improving weather, tides and smooth swells

Swim #135
From Cape Wrath to Durness
Start Time: 1800 on August 26th
Start Position: 58 deg 37’.218 N 005 deg 02’.148W
End Time: 2130
End Position: 58 deg 37’.396 N 004 deg 48’.668 W
Distance Covered: 7.58 miles
Comment: Swum in choppy seas and breezy conditions

Swim #136
From Durness to Rabbit Islands
Start Time: 0650 on August 27th
Start Position: 58 deg 37’.396 N 004 deg 48’.668 W
End Time: 1210
End Position: 58 deg 35’.647 N 004 deg 29’.385 W
Distance Covered: 10.3 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas and light winds

Swim #137
From Rabbit Islands to Off Torrisdale
Start Time: 1915 on August 27th
Start Position: 58 deg 35’.647 N 004 deg 29’.385 W
End Time: 2210
End Position: 58 deg 35’.637N 004 deg 18’.594 W
Distance Covered: 5.63 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas and weather

Swim #138
From off Torrisdale to off Strathy
Start Time: 0805 on August 28th
Start Position: 58 deg 35’.637N 004 deg 18’.594 W
End Time: 1300
End Position: 58 deg 37’. 147 N 004 deg 01’.569 W
Distance Covered: 9.05 miles
Comment: Swum in southerly breeze and choppy sea but fair weather

Swim #139
From off Strathy to off Melvich
Start Time: 2020 on August 28th
Start Position: 58 deg 37’. 147 N 004 deg 01’.569 W
End Time: 2210
End Position: 58 deg 37’.089 N 003 deg 54’.629 W
Distance Covered: 3.64 miles
Comment: Swum in smooth seas light winds and drizzle

Swim #140
From off Melvich to Holborn Head
Start Time: 0810 on August 29th
Start Position: 58 deg 37’.089 N 003 deg 54’.629 W
End Time: 1330
End Position: 58 deg 38’.875 N 003 deg 33’.158 W
Distance Covered: 11.44 miles
Comment: Swum in SW winds and sunshine with increasing tides. We are at Jon O Groats! Very exciting. A lot of current through the Pentland Firth, we thought it would be thus, but always gratifying to hit strong predicted tides at the right time and find swimmer and boat carried along at high speed. Also to arrive at such a symbolic landmark especially after some of the slow and difficult swims through the Western Isles and background anxiety about ever making it around Cape Wrath, etc.

Swim #141
From off Holborn Head to Duncansby Head
Start Time: 0905 on August 30th
Start Position: 58 deg 38’.875 N 003 deg 33’.158 W
End Time: 1350
End Position: 58 deg 39'.583 N 003 deg 02.010 W
Distance Covered: 16.87 miles
Comment: Swum in W winds and sunshine with strong tides in the Pentland Firth. 61 days Lands End to Jon O Groats is another World Record. We are across the Moray Firth. Quite an arduous crossing with slack tides and then worsening weather, but we are now heading south properly having passed the difficult headland of Rattray today.

Swim #142
From off Duncansby Head to off Wick Harbour
Start Time: 1040 on September 1st
Start Position: 58 deg 39'.583 N 003 deg 02.010 W
End Time: 1605
End Position: 58 deg 27'.234N 002 deg 46'.092W
Distance Covered: 15.9 miles
Comment: Swum in light winds and sunshine with continuing strong tides coming from the Pentland Firth. Lay-Day in Wick, awaiting weather to cross the Moray

Swim #143
From off Wick Harbour (Moray Firth WPT 1) to Moray Firth waypoint 2
Start Time: 0120 on September 3rd
Start Position: 58 deg 27'.234N 002 deg 46'.092W
End Time: 0505
End Position: 58 deg 21'.994 N 002 deg 40'.461 W
Distance Covered: 6.01 miles
Comment: Swum in dark & drizzly conditions

Swim #144
From Moray Firth Waypoint 2 to Waypoint 3
Start Time: 1410 on September 3rd
Start Position: 58 deg 21'.994 N 002 deg 40'.461 W
End Time: 1920
End Position: 58 deg 22'.019 N 002 deg 41'.009 W
Distance Covered: 7.19 miles
Comment: Swum in light favourable winds and fair weather. Visit of the Scottish Fisheries Protection vessel Hirta

Swim #145
From Moray Firth Waypoint 3 to Waypoint 4
Start Time: 0300 on September 4th
Start Position: 58 deg 22'.019 N 002 deg 41'.009 W
End Time: 0725
End Position: 58 deg 10'.497 N 002 deg 28'.618 W
Distance Covered: 6.24 miles
Comment: Swum in light winds with sunrise over the Moray Firth

Swim #146
From Moray Firth Waypoint 4 to Waypoint 5
Start Time: 1530 on September 4th
Start Position: 58 deg 10'.497 N 002 deg 28'.618 W
End Time: 2020
End Position: 58 deg 06'.468 N 002 deg 24'.058 W
Distance Covered: 4.62 miles
Comment: Swum in sunshine, light winds and a visit from the Red Bull Matadors stunt flying team!

Swim #147
From Moray Firth Waypoint 5 to Waypoint 6
Start Time: 0420 on September 5th
Start Position: 58 deg 06'.468 N 002 deg 24'.058 W
End Time: 0940
End Position: 58 deg 01'.269 N 002 deg 19'.190 W
Distance Covered: 5.8 miles
Comment: Swum in increasing winds and slack tides, a tough battle for Ross after a few swims of this offshore passage

Swim #148
From Moray Firth Waypoint 6 to Waypoint 7
Start Time: 2120 on September 5th
Start Position: 58 deg 01'.269 N 002 deg 19'.190 W
End Time: 2240
End Position: 57 deg 59'.341 N 002 deg 14'.724 W
Distance Covered: 2.88 miles
Comment: Swum in contrary winds and slack tides in the dark, the battle continues

Swim #149
From Moray Firth Waypoint 7 to Waypoint 8
Start Time: 0620 on September 6th
Start Position: 57 deg 59'.341 N 002 deg 14'.724 W
End Time: 1150
End Position: 57 deg 52'.091 N 002 deg 07'.187 W
Distance Covered: 7.62 miles
Comment: Swum in improving tides and weather

Swim #150
From Moray Firth Waypoint 8 to Waypoint 9
Start Time: 2035 on September 6th
Start Position: 57 deg 52'.091 N 002 deg 07'.187 W
End Time: 2250
End Position: 57 deg 49'.824 N 002 deg 04'.544 W
Distance Covered: 3.40 miles
Comment: Swum in dark and rough seas - land in sight, ran for overnight shelter in Fraserburgh. Next Start Time is scheduled for September 7th; poor weather forecast kept us in the harbour at Fraserburgh

Swim #151
From Moray Firth Waypoint 9 (off Fraserburgh) to off Rattray Head
Start Time: 2040 on September 8th
Start Position: 57 deg 49'.824 N 002 deg 04'.544 W
End Time: 0145 on September 9th
End Position: 57 deg 42'.711 N 001 deg 49'.125 W
Distance Covered: 10.94 miles
Comment: Swum in dark but calmer seas and good stars. Tides picking up near Rattray

Swim #152
From off Rattray Head to off Peterhead
Start Time: 1045 on September 9th
Start Position: 57 deg 42'.711 N 001 deg 49'.125 W
End Time: 1520
End Position: 57 deg 31'.667 N 001 deg 43'.625 W
Distance Covered: 11.83 miles
Comment: Swum in rough seas but strong tides. Now sheltering overnight in Peterhead. The crew are well with all, but Peony of our gang aboard. We are surrounded by Oil Rig supply vessels and tied up to a stinking Ice Factory. This isn't the Western Isles any more.

Swim #153
From off Peterhead to off Newburgh
Start Time: 1030 on September 10th
Start Position: 57 deg 31'.667 N 001 deg 43'.625 W
End Time: 1520
End Position: 57 deg 19'.064 N 001 deg 53'.209 W
Distance Covered: 13.74 miles
Comment: Swum in very rough seas with strong tides running over headwinds. Anchored for the night in the Ythan River, at Newburgh, the mouth of which was home to the largest seal colony I have ever seen

Swim #154
From off Newburgh to Aberdeen
Start Time: 1130 on September 11th
Start Position: 57 deg 19'.064 N 001 deg 53'.209 W
End Time: 1630
End Position: 57 deg 08'.783 N 001 deg 59'.594 W
Distance Covered: 10.8 miles
Comment: Swum in continuing rough seas with strong tides over SW headwinds. Heading south! Regular Internet and one swim per day at the moment - easy to keep up with the admin side. We are now in Stonehaven, a lovely town harbour and completely different sort of place to Aberdeen!

Swim #155 From off Aberdeen to off Stonehaven
Start Time: 1150 on September 12th
Start Position: 57 deg 08'.783 N 001 deg 59'.594 W
End Time: 1720
End Position: 56 deg 57'.822 N 002 deg 09'.220 W
Distance Covered: 12.11 miles
Comment: Swum in calmer seas, strong tides and lighter SW headwinds. We should be crossing the Firth of Forth over the next week, likely to be arriving the English Border on weds or Thursday next week

Swim #156
From Stonehaven to off Gourdon Harbour
Start Time: 1237 on September 13th
Start Position: 56 deg 57'.822 N 002 deg 09'.220 W
End Time: 1733
End Position: 56 deg 48'.164 N 002 deg 17'.389 W
Distance Covered: 10.84 miles
Comment: Swum in rough seas, strong tides and strong SW headwinds. The Firth of Forth still firmly in our sights for the coming days' gales and some repairs to do, there never seems to be enough time to do everything at the moment. Crossing the Firth of Forth which put us at last in reach of the English border which we duly crossed yesterday. Hurrah!

Swim #157
From off Gourdon Harbour to Montrose Hr.
Start Time: 1310 on September 14th
Start Position: 56 deg 48'.164 N 002 deg 17'.389 W
End Time: 1805
End Position: 56 deg 39’.398N 002 deg 19’.513 W
Distance Covered: 8.84 miles
Comment: Swum in OK tides and moderate SW headwinds

Swim #158
From Montrose Harbour to off Arbroath Harbour
Start Time: 0350 on September 15th
Start Position: 56 deg 39’.398N 002 deg 19’.513 W
End Time: 0700
End Position: 56 deg 33’.698 N 002 deg 20’.167 W
Distance Covered: 5.7 miles
Comment: Swum in dark and cold seas

Swim #159
From off Arbroath Harbour to Bell Rock (Firth of Forth)
Start Time: 1534 on September 15th
Start Position: 56 deg 33’.698 N 002 deg 20’.167 W
End Time: 1820
End Position: 56 deg 27’.596 N 002 deg 21’.172W
Distance Covered: 6.13 miles
Comment: Swum in slack tides and cold with rough seas

Swim #160
From Bell Rock (Firth of Forth) to off Fife Ness
Start Time: 1710 on September 16th
Start Position: 56 deg 27’.596 N 002 deg 21’.172W
End Time: 2034
End Position: 56 deg 21’.131N 002 deg 20’.848 W
Distance Covered: 6.47 miles
Comment: Swum in continuing slack tides and rough seas

Swim #161
From off Fife Ness to off Isle of May
Start Time: 0520 on September 17th
Start Position: 56 deg 21’.131N 002 deg 20’.848 W
End Time: 1045
End Position: 56 deg 14’.561 N 002 deg 19’.954 W
Distanc Covered: 6.60 miles
Comment: Swum in difficult slack tides and ongoing rough seas

Swim #162
From off Isle of May to Firth of Forth
Start Time: 1710 on September 17th
Start Position: 56 deg 14’.561 N 002 deg 19’.954 W
End Time: 1910
End Position: 56 deg 12’.740 N 002 deg 20’. 089 W
Distance Covered: 1.83 miles
Comment: Swim curtailed due to rough seas and shoulder strain to swimmer

Start Time on September 18th is not scheduled; no swim due to gales associated with Ex Hurricane Helene and Storm Ali

Swim #163
From Firth of Forth to off Dunbar
Start Time: 2040 on September 19th
Start Position: 56 deg 12’.740 N 002 deg 20’. 089 W
End Time: 0030 on September 20th
End Position: 56 deg 09’.237 N 002 deg 20’.872 W
Distance Covered: 3.6 miles
Comment: Swum in short weather window between gales

Start Time on September 20th-21st postponed due to gales associated with Storm Ali.

Swim #164
From off Dunbar to off Torness
Start Time: 2347 on September 22nd
Start Position: 56 deg 09’.237 N 002 deg 20’.872 W
End Time: 0440 on September 23rd
End Position: 56 deg 03’.113N 002 deg 14’.081 W
Distance Covered: 7.29 miles
Comment: Swum in improving weather & tides

Swim #165
From off Torness to St Abbs Head
Start Time: 1246 on September 23rd
Start Position: 56 deg 03’.113N 002 deg 14’.081 W
End Time: 1755
End Position: 55 deg 56’.031 N 002 deg 06’.443 W
Distance Covered: 8.29 miles
Comment: Swum in much better weather & tides

Swim #166
From St Abbs Head to Berwick on Tweed
Start Time: 1330 on September 24th
Start Position: 55 deg 56’.031 N 002 deg 06’.443 W
End Time: 1810
End Position: 55 deg 47’.855 N 001 deg 59’.106 W
Distance Covered: 9.20 miles
Comment: Swum in fair weather & strong tide

Swim #167
From Berwick on Tweed to Lindisfarne Island
Start Time: 0122 on September 25th
Start Position: 55 deg 47’.855 N 001 deg 59’.106 W
End Time: 0528
End Position: 55 deg 42’.797 N 001 deg 47’.475 W
Distance Covered: 8.31 miles
Comment: Swum in bright full moonlight & strong tide

Swim #168
From Lindisfarne Island to Seahouses
Start Time: 1340 on September 25th
Start Position: 55 deg 42’.797 N 001 deg 47’.475 W
End Time: 1755
End Position: 55 deg 37'.049 N 001 deg 41'.047 W'
Distance Covered: 6.88 miles
Comment: Swum in very windy weather with difficult tidal eddies around Farne islands Swim #169
From Seahouses to off Beadnell
Start Time: 0100 on September 26th
Start Position: 55 deg 37'.049 N 001 deg 41'.047 W
End Time: 0300
End Position 55 deg 322'.909 N 001 deg 35'.640 W
Distance Covered: 5.23 miles
Comment: Swum in continuing very windy weather and moonlight with strong tides

Swim #170
From off Beadnell to off Alnmouth
Start Time: 1300 on September 26th
Start Position: 55 deg 322'.909 N 001 deg 35'.640 W
End Time: 1747
End Position 55 deg 23'.021 N 001 deg 31'.974 W
Distance Covered: 10.24 miles
Comment: In gales with sunshine & strong tides. Holed up in a remote anchorage near Alnmouth this morning waiting for gales to abate. No swim last night due to weather. Relentlessly tide on-tide of swimming as the autumn is getting cold & windy up here - Ross is straining every sinew to get South before it gets any colder and darker!

Swim #171
From off Alnmouth to off Newbiggin on the Sea
Start Time: 1330 on September 27th
Start Position: 55 deg 23'.021 N 001 deg 31'.974 W
End Time: 1855
End Position: 55 deg 13'.442N 001 deg 29'.666 W
Distance Covered: 9.78 miles
Comment: Swum in easing winds showers & ongoing strong tides

Swim #172
From off Newbiggin on the Sea to off Blyth Harbour
Start Time: 0305 on September 28th
Start Position: 55 deg 13'.442N 001 deg 29'.666 W
End Time: 0655
End Position: 55 deg 06'.630N 001 deg 26'.931W
Distance Covered: 6.99 miles in very cold temps with bright moonlight and calm seas

Swim #173 From off Blyth Harbour to off Tynemouth
Start Time: 1510 on September 28th
Start Position: 55 deg 06'.630N 001 deg 26'.931W
End Time: 1915
End Position: 55 deg 00' . 282N 001deg 23'.297W
Distance Covered: 6.67 miles
Comment: Swum in better weather with sunshine and calm seas

Swim #174
From off Tynemouth to Sunderland
Start Time: 0314 on September 29th
Start Position: 55 deg 00' . 282N 001deg 23'.297W
End Time: 0715
End Position: 54 deg 53'.756N 001 deg 19'.804W
Distance Covered: 6.95 miles Open Water Summit: in cold moonlit conditions with calm seas

Swim #175
From Sunderland to off Peterlee
Start Time: 1525 on September 29th
Start Position: 54 deg 53'.756N 001 deg 19'.804W
End Time: 1910
End Position: 54 deg 46'.488 N 001 deg 16'.534 W
Distance Covered: 7.57 miles
Distance Covered: Swum in fair weather & calm seas. We are ploughing our way down the East coast. Its getting darker, colder and muddier and everyone is tired.

Swim #176
From off Peterlee to Tees Bay
Start Time: 0345 on 30 September 30th
Start Position: 54 deg 46'.488 N 001 deg 16'.534 W
End Time: 0805
End Position: 54 deg 41’.151N 001 deg 08’.414 W
Distance Covered: 7.15 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas into the dawn. Visited by the crew of Transatlantic Rowing boat “Victory”

Swim #177
From Tees Bay to off Redcar/ Saltburn
Start Time: 1555 on October 1st
End 1930
Start Position: 54 deg 41’.151N 001 deg 08’.414 W
End Position: 54 deg 37’.487 N 000 deg 58’. 884 W
Distance Covered: 6.63 miles
Comment: Swum in increasing NW winds and plummeting air temperatures. No swim on October 2nd due to gales. Holed up in Hartlepool.

Swim #178
From off Redcar/ Saltburn to Staithes
Start Time: 0650 on October 3rd
Start Position: 54 deg 37’.487 N 000 deg 58’. 884 W
End Time: 1130
End Position: 54 deg 33’. 915 N 000 deg 46’.595 W
Distance Covered: 8.02 miles
Comment: Swum in lighter winds and calmer seas and swell from the North

Swim #179
From Staithes to Whitby
Start Time: 2005 on October 3rd
Start Position: 54 deg 33’. 915 N 000 deg 46’.595 W
Starting Machine: 2330
End Time: 2330
End Position: 54 deg 30’.644 N 000 deg 36’.784 W
Distance Covered: 6.56 miles
Comment: Swum in lighter winds with smooth swell from North

Swim #180
From Whitby to Robin Hood Bay
Start Time: 905 on October 4th
Start Position: 54 deg 30’.644 N 000 deg 36’.784 W
End Time: 1330
End Position: 54 deg 23’.738 N 000 deg 27’.819 W
Distance Covered: 8.74 miles
Comment: Swim in sunshine and lighter winds with smooth swell. Visited by HMS Archer

Swim #181
From Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough
Start Time: 2150 on October 4th
Start Position: 54 deg 23’.738 N 000 deg 27’.819 W
End Time: 0040 on October 5th
End Position: 54 deg 18’.715 N 000 deg 23’.750 W
Distance Covered: 5.58 miles
Comment: Dark but calm conditions under the cliffs of N Yorkshire

October 5th offer no further swimming due to strong winds from the NE

Swim #182
From Scarborough to Filey Head
Start Time: 1040 on October 6th
Start Position: 54 deg 18’.715 N 000 deg 23’.750 W
End Time: 1650
End Position 54 deg 13’.334N 000 deg 15’.978 W
Distance Covered: 7.3 miles
Comment: Swim in boisterous NE winds & seas

Swim #183
From Filey Head to Flamborough Head
Start Time: 0029 on October 7th
Start Position: 54 deg 13’.334N 000 deg 15’.978 W
End Time: 0435
End Position: 54 deg 06’.992 N 000 deg 03’. 027 W
Distance Covered: 9.951 miles
Comment: Swum in foul & uncomfortable swell with light NE winds

Swim #184
From Flamborough Head to Bridlington Bay
Start Time: 1320 on October 7th
Start Position: 54 deg 06’.992 N 000 deg 03’. 027 W
End Time: 1720
End Position: 53 deg 58’.393 N 000 deg 05’.096 W
Distance Covered: 8.69 miles
Comment: Swum in strong SW winds but sunshine

Swim #185
From Bridlington Bay to off Aldburgh (Spurn)
Start Time: 1412 on October 8th
Start Position: 53 deg 58’.393 N 000 deg 05’.096 W
End Time: 1810
End Position: 53 deg 50’.684 N 000 deg 02’.156 W
Distance Covered: 8.04 miles
Comment: Swum in continuing SW winds & sunshine. It was cold, wet, wintry and dark here now, everyone is feeling a bit exhausetd, although the end is very much in sight. We are attacking the Thames estuary crossing in the next couple of days...Margate arrival is scheduled for the 4th!

Swim #186
From off Aldburgh (Spurn) to off Withernsea
Start Time: 1247 on October 9th
Start Position: 53 deg 50’.684 N 000 deg 02’.156 W
End Time: 1810
End Position: 53 deg 40’.175 N 000 deg 07’.101 E
Distance Covered: 11.88 miles
Comment: Swum in calm winds & fair weather. We are east of Greenwich.

Swim #187
From off Withernsea to Spurn Head
Start Time: 0430 on October 10th
Start Position: 53 deg 40’.175 N 000 deg 07’.101 E
End Time: 0728
End Position: 53 deg 34’.293 N 000 deg 07’.644E
Distance Covered: 6.383 miles
Comment: Swum in light SW winds & fair weather

Swim #188
From Spurn Head to Haile Sand
Start Time: 1315 on October 10th
Start Position: 53 deg 34’.293 N 000 deg 07’.644E
End Time: 1525
End Position: 53 deg 31’.161 N 000 deg 06’.420 E
Distance Covered: 3.28 miles
Comment: Swum in fierce tides across the Humber shipping lanes

Swim #189
From Haile Sand to Donna Nook Range
Start Time: 2020 on October 10th
Start Position: 53 deg 31’.161 N 000 deg 06’.420 E
End Time: 2239
End Position: 53 deg 29’.895 N 000 deg 12’.078 E
Distance Covered: 3.61 miles
Comment: Swum in murky weather escaping the Humber shipping lanes

Three short swims in one day to cross the Humber.

Swim #190
From Donna Range to off Saltfleet Haven
Start Time: 0400 on October 11th
Start Position: 53 deg 29’.895 N 000 deg 12’.078 E
End Time: 0633
End Position: 53 deg 24’.226 N 000 deg 15’.001 E
Distance Covered: 5.93 miles
Comment: Swum in light winds and cold pre-dawn mist

Shelter taken in Grimsby for a few days to ride out Storm Callum.

Swim #191
From off Saltfleet Haven to N Lincs Windfarm
Start Time: 0630 on October 16th
Start Position: 53 deg 24’.226 N 000 deg 15’.001 E
End Time: 1220
End Position: 53 deg 17’.341 N 000 deg 25’.756 E
Distance Covered: 9.33 miles
Comment: Swum in light SW winds and fair weather

Swim #192
From N Lincs Windfarm to E Lincs windfarm
Start Time: 2100 on October 16th
Start Position: 53 deg 17’.341 N 000 deg 25’.756 E
End Time: 2359
End Position: 53 deg 13’.339 N 000 deg 32’.368 E
Distance Covered: 5.66 miles
Comment: Swum in moderate winds under starry skies

Swim #193
From E Lincs windfarm to off Burnham Flats
Start Time: 0815 on October 17th
Start Position: 53 deg 13’.339 N 000 deg 32’.368 E
End Time: 1425
End Position: 53 deg 05’.695 N 000 deg 41’.282 E
Distance Covered: 9.1 miles
Comment: Swum in calm weather

Swim #194
From off Burnham Flats to Off Holkam bay
Start Time: 2320 on October 17th
Start Position: 53 deg 05’.695 N 000 deg 41’.282 E
End Time: 0110 on October 18th
End Position: 53 deg 03’.640 N 000 deg 45’.487 E
Distance Covered: 3.25 miles
Comment: Swum in calm weather and under clear Norfolk sky stars

Swim #195
From off Holkam bay to off Well Next the Sea
Start Time: 1549 on October 18th
Start Position: 53 deg 03’.640 N 000 deg 45’.487 E
End Time: 1850
End Position: 53 deg 01’.410 N 000 deg 53’.757 E
Distance Covered: 5.46 miles
Comment: Swum in continuing calm weather

Swim #196
From off Well Next the Sea to Sheringham
Start Time: 1320 on October 19th
Start Position: 53 deg 01’.410 N 000 deg 53’.757 E
End Time: 1842
End Position: 52 deg 57’.778 N 001 deg 11’.023 E
Distance Covered: 11.02 miles
Comment: Swum in good tides and following breeze

Swim #197
From Sheringham to Cromer
Start Time: 0510 on October 20th
Start Position: 52 deg 57’.778 N 001 deg 11’.023 E
End Time: 0720
End Position: 52 deg 56’.433 N 001 deg 17’.373 E
Distance Covered: 4.06 miles
Comment: Swum in fair dawn weather and lovely sunrise

Swim #198
From Cromer to Happisburgh (Walcott)
Start Time: 1457 on October 20th
Start Position: 52 deg 56’.433 N 001 deg 17’.373 E
End Time: 1845
End Position: 52 deg 50’.956 N 001 deg 30’.434 E
Distance Covered: 9.64 miles
Comment: Swum in lovely Norfolk sunshine and light winds

Swim #199
From Happisburgh (Walcott) to Horsey
Start Time: 0450 on October 21st
Start Position: 52 deg 50’.956 N 001 deg 30’.434 E
End Time: 0800
End Position: 52 deg 45’.267 N 001 deg 40’.242 E
Distance Covered: 8.23 miles
Comment: Swum in light winds and with another Norfolk Sunrise

Swim #200
From Horsey to Gt Yarmouth
Start Time: 1550 on October 21st
Start Position: 52 deg 45’.267 N 001 deg 40’.242 E
End Time: 1904
End Position: 52 deg 36’.207 N 001 deg 45’.180 E
Distance Covered: 9.66 miles
Comment: Swum in good tides and with continued light winds

Another pause for weather in Gt Yarmouth; winter is suddenly upon us.

Swim #201
From Gt Yarmouth to Wrentham
Start Time: 0638 on October 24th
Start Position: 52 deg 36’.207 N 001 deg 45’.180 E
End Time: 2018
End Position: 52 deg 23’.440 N 001 deg 46’.467 E
Distance Covered: 12.89 miles
Comment: Swum in spring tides and brisk following breeze

Swim #202
From Wrentham to Off Southwold
Start Time: 1842 on October 24th
Start Position: 52 deg 23’.440 N 001 deg 46’.467 E
End Time: 2132
End Position: 52 deg 15’.830 N 001 deg 45’.975 E
Distance Covered: 9.62 miles
Comment: Swum in spring tide and murky drizzle

Swim #203
From off Southwold to off Aldeburgh
Start Time: 0810 on October 25th
Start Position: 52 deg 15’.830 N 001 deg 45’.975 E
End Time: 1220
End Position: 52 deg 04’.319 N 001 deg 45’.052 E
Distance Covered: 11.52 miles
Comment: Swum in spring tides, light winds and better weather

Swim #204
From off Aldeburgh to off Orford Ness
Start Time: 2023 on October 25th
Start Position: 52 deg 04’.319 N 001 deg 45’.052 E
End Time: 2325
End Position: 51 deg 54’.431 N 001 deg 43’.468 E
Distance Covered: 9.934 miles
Comment: Swum in strong spring tides, moderate following winds and moonlight

Note: Swim #204 and Swim #205 were separated by several days hiding from gales in the Thames Estuary at Orford

Swim #205 From off Orford Ness to Long sand head
Start Time: 1035 on October 31st
Start Position: 51 deg 54’.431 N 001 deg 43’.468 E
End Time: 1542
End Position: 51 deg 45’.990N 001 deg 38’.640 E
Distance Covered: 9.04 miles
Comment: Swum in good tides, moderate to strong sw winds and rain squalls

Swim #206
From off Long sands head to Kentish Knock
Start Time: 1210 on November 1st
Start Position: 51 deg 45’.990N 001 deg 38’.640 E
End Time: 1625
End Position: 51 deg 38’.071 N 001 deg 35’.221 E
Distance Covered: 8.26 miles
Comment: Swum in strong sw winds and continuing rain squalls

Swim #207
From Kentish Knock to Outer tongue
Start Time: 2333 on November 1st
Start Position: 51 deg 38’.071 N 001 deg 35’.221 E
End Time: 0401 on November 2nd
End Position: 51 deg 29’.767 N 001 deg 28’.884 E
Distance Covered: 9.26 miles
Comment: Swum in more strong sw winds, dark with rain squalls

Swim #208
From Outer tongue to Margate Roads
Start Time: 1255 on November 2nd
Start Position: 51 deg 29’.767 N 001 deg 28’.884 E
End Time: 1618
End Position: 51 deg 25’.173 N 001 deg 24’.017 E
Distance Covered: 5.61 miles
Comment: Swum in moderate NW winds & sunshine.

November 3rd was a Lay day anchored off Margate Roads and preparing for the final swim to shore.

Swim #209
From Margate Roads to Margate Beach: The last swim!
Start Time: 0705 on November 4th
Start Position: 51 deg 25’.173 N 001 deg 24’.017 E
End Time: 0845
End Position: Margate Beach where it started on November 4th 2018
Distance Covered: 1.87 miles
Comment: Swum in calm seas and with the company of friends & family

Escort pilot Matt Knight briefly explains the intricacies of completing the final leg of the unprecedented circumnavigation swim. "Long sands head, Kentish Knock, and Outer tongue are not really places; they just refer to channels and shifting tidal sand banks in the Thames Estuary and are only visible on nautical charts.

I have a pilot book that describes over 60 possible routes for crossing the Thames Estuary. It was certainly one of the more challenging parts of planning the swim due to the extensive and numerous shifting sand banks, very strong tides, busy shipping lanes and often foul weather."

His performance and achievement was recognized by Guinness World Records and was nominated for a WOWSA Award in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year along with the following individuals:

1. Catalina Channel Crossing (USA) by Hank Wise
2. Century Swim around Key West (USA) by Bill Welzien
3. Great British Swim (UK) by Ross Edgley
4. HK360Swim Around Hong Kong Island (Hong Kong) by Simon Holliday
5. Ice Kilometer (Netherlands) by Sven Elfferich
6. Double Ice Mile (Germany) by Hamza Bakircioglu
7. Kangsha River Swim (Bangladesh) by Kshitindra Chandra Baisya
8. Lake Zürich Two-Way Crossing (Switzerland) by Katrin Walter
9. Santa Barbara Channel Crossing (USA) by Jim McConica
10. Sfax to Djerba Marathon Swim (Tunisia) by Nejib Belhedi
11. Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean (Canada) by Edoardo Stochino
12. Travessia do Leme ao Pontal (Brazil) by Glauco Luise de Oliveira Rangel
13. Triple Country Swim (Italy-Monaco-France) by Carina Bruwer
14. Tsugaru Channel Tandem Crossing (Japan) by Nora Toledano Cadena and Mariel Hawley Dávila
15. Two-way Santa Cruz Island Crossing (USA) by Ken Mignosa

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