Porthcawl to Heddons Mouth 24/8/23
Swum in Tandem with Barry Murphy
Swim time: 10hr 17 minutes
Start: Sandy Bay Porthcawl
Finish: Heddons Mouth Devon
Observer: Peter Foster
Pilot: Aston Grindrod
Ratified by the BCSA.
Bristol Channel (Wales to England)
24th August 2023
Duration 10hrs 17mins
A week after my Strait of Gibraltar swim I got the chance to swim the Bristol Channel. I had traveled to swim it back in July but unfortunately, after making the early start to the English side, we couldn't start the swim because of the weather. I had originally booked it as a solo swim but last minute I switched to swimming it as a tandem swim with Barry Murphy.
The swim was great, with a good buzz, and banter. The conditions got more challenging as the ten-hour swim progressed. Barry and I were well-matched and the chats at feed time were a nice distraction. It was never a question or doubt that we wouldn’t finish it more a question of when. The crew from @bristolswim were great as was Peter our observer. Ceri was really helpful with the rescheduling of my swim. It was a really positive fun swim and the crew on the boat all seemed to enjoy the day.