So I’ve become somewhat of a meteorologist and a very bad one at that. I’ve been on the website www.metcheck.com checking wind speeds, wind direction, etc for Dover. Ideally we are hoping for winds of 10 mph or less coming from the Northwest. This would provide a tailwind pushing me towards France. (Note: We are not looking for the Southeast winds, as they would be pushing me away from France and slapping me in the head with wind chop) I would love for winds to be in the single digits. Today, we had winds into the 20s and there were lots of white horses as they are called here (known as white caps to us in the States). After checking metcheck for tomorrow, I noticed that the winds were only going to break to about 9 mph for about 10 hours. Now I hope that my swim finishes in 10 to 12 hours, but I sure don’t want to be battling strong winds on the last 2 miles into France, as this is supposed to be the most challenging part of the swim due to the strong tides and failing strength of the swimmer. Many a swim as been called within 1 mile of France due to these conditions.
In calling Reg, Jane and my thoughts were confirmed…no swim tomorrow. When I asked Reg just when he thought it might happen, his response “I just don’t know, Love. Call me again tomorrow at half 7.” That is just what we will do then.
Tomorrow will bring another swim in the harbor and me trying (mostly unsuccessfully) not to be a head case. As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Thank you for all the kinds words, jokes, etc. I have been reading each and every one of them. If I had more time, I would reply to each of you, but instead just know that you are all in my thoughts.
And a special shout out to my nephew Alex who’s birthday is today. I hope that you have great day and eat plenty of cake for me 🙂Tags: Boat Pilot, English Channel, English Channel Swim, Reg Brickell