Sunday, 26 August 2012

Hour 7


Wayne is over halfway now and still stroking at 50 strokes a minute - incredible! He has had a few ups and downs with cramping and fatigue playing a major role, but seems to have picked up his stroke rate at the moment and apparently quite perplexed at the absence of jellyfish I'm told! I am also informed that he is a bit grumpy at feed times!

Crew feeling strong at the moment and there was talk of a potential finish time of around 9pm. 
This will never be corroborated by anyone on the boat as the variables are too plentiful to be tied down enough to make an accurate forecast. If he makes enough progress south during this tide and uses the slack in the tides well, the next tide will literally push him towards the coast. But if he isn't far enough south at the turn of the tide, he will end up sweeping past the mainland and into a very turbulent area between the mainland and Rathlin Island - not something he has on his to-do list...

Wind speed has picked up and is providing a bit of a challenge to him and the boat - steering is becoming a little tricky at the moment.

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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.