Sunday, 26 August 2012

First hour completed


Wayne is well underway now, having completed his first hour in the water.

Conditions are very good out there - calm waters and not too much wind.

Wayne has had 2 feeds and is swimming very strong at the moment. I have asked the boat to update us on his stroke rate, as this becomes very interesting to observe as he gets more tired and needs to dig deep to keep the pace going against the current.

There is also a Google Map going as we speak with pins to track his progress. You can find it here: http://goo.gl/maps/PnkCW.  The blue pins indicate gps coordinates that we receive from the boat every 30 minutes.

This just in from the boat:

"Slight swell now. Progress is good. The first part of this swim was always going to be the most challenging and it could not have gone better. So far so good now as the tide slackens we need to make good progress across the channel."

Keep you posted as we get more in!

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Wayne likes pork pies and Guinness. He likes routine and predictability. He loves his family. He's 40+, short(ish), balding and battling with waistline expansion. He's been known to occasionally play a good round of golf, likes to tinker with 'stuff' and has rescued a group of friends from the African wild by fixing a Land Rover with a jellybaby.

He's never been a great fan of physical exertion. In short (apart from the jellybaby incident), Wayne is an ordinary person. And he's about to do something really amazingly, astoundingly and astonishingly extra-ordinary. He's going to swim the the treacherous, never-been-swum-before channel between Kintyre (Scotland) and Ballycastle (Ireland). For charity. This is his story.