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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<

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