First North Channel crossing attempt in 2013 by Fergal Somerville

MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
edited June 2013 in Cheering Section
Fergal Somerville just announced that his attempt to cross the ghastly North Channel will start tomorrow at 5 am from Donaghadee with captain Quinton Nelson. Fergal swims to raise money for cancer research.

I think his is the first attempt of the season? Does anybody have info about the water temperature out there now - the sea must still be ice cold.

Fergal's blog can be found here: http://fergalsomerville.blogspot.com/?view=classic, and has a link to a tracker - what better way to spend a relaxing Sunday? ;-)

Whoever has further information on this swim, please post it!

Best of luck Fergal!

Comments

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • It's about 13 degrees celcius. Good luck to him. Haven't seen many jellyfish around here hopefully his experience is the same.
  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
    edited June 2013
    Temperature of the Irish Sea near Dublin 11.6 degrees Celsius (buoy M2), 13 degrees sounds a little better. Still pretty damn cold for a long swim in my book, but normal for the NC I believe
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited June 2013
    Milko more ice-baths! ;)

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • ColmBreathnachColmBreathnach Charter Member
    I believe it is the first attempt this season. After 2 or 3 false starts last year, Fergal is in the water and underway. He's been in the water since 5:10, coming up to 3 hours now. Sea conditions are good at the moment, there's a slight roll on the water with no chop. There is no wind at the moment. Forget those buoy readings, water is 9.3 degC.
    Everything is at the moment. Things change fast up there.
    This is his tracker: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0QJQbPUTU7uU8lNcqVWOif9Jp81vKsLUS
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    @ColmBreathnach's temperature is the accurate one. It's a rare NC attempt that would get 13c. It's been a particularly cold spring & while we did have one warm week temps dropped again this week. Fergal was expecting about 10c the whole way across. Generally though early season jellyfish are much lighter this year due to cold.

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  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
    9-10 degrees celsius for almost 35 kms - jeez...
  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
  • JbetleyJbetley UKMember
    He's going well!!!
  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
    edited June 2013
    Unbelievably well! Tracker now shows him past 2/3 of the way (as the crow flies) only seven hours into the swim.

    Is he about to beat the 1970 men's record, Kevin Murphy's 11h21? Or even Alison Streeters 9h53 (1988)?
  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
    Or is he 8 hours into his swim? Mixing up time zones...
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Yes, 8 hours in, started at 5am (dawn).

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  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
    Tracking still moving inexorably towards Portpatrick. What a great swim!
  • MikeHMikeH Member
    Where is the tracker? Maybe I'm blind:), but I couldn't find it on the blog site...
  • ColmBreathnachColmBreathnach Charter Member
    Just spoke to the boat and Fergal ! he's flying. About another hour / hour and a half left and now the sun has decided to come out. Water still cold, varying between 9 and 11, but mainly 9. They're aiming for port patrick. The man is a machine. No jellies. So it seems you get the option of going early in the season and freezing the whole way over or go later and be stung the whole way over.
  • MikeHMikeH Member
    That's an amazing swim he's doing...really impressive.

    I'd rather be cold - at least with the cold, it's always cold and you're not wondering. With jellies, it's pins and needles while you wait to get stung....
  • lecumminslecummins Charter Member
    This will be the earliest solo NC swim by over a month...the earliest up to now was on July 21st by Stephen Price in 2000. It's also worth remembering that the first EC swims won't begin for another two weeks and it's significantly warmer there (Sandettie is currently reading at 11.9degC). He definitely is a machine all right! C'mon Fergal :)
  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
    A delightful menu of options!

    Excellent piloting by Quinton Nelson, to tell by the way they're managing to swim straight towards PP.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    edited June 2013
    About 1k!?!

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  • lecumminslecummins Charter Member
    Less than 500m now, just a few minutes more!
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    That last tracker update interval was an eternity.

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  • lecumminslecummins Charter Member
    There was a nice big jump then though! The latest one has him almost on land...still waiting for confirmation on FB but I think that he's just about there =D>
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Just reach out Fergal and touch the rock, you're big enough....

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  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member
    Facebook says he made it! Who has details?
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Trying phones on boat, no answer.

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  • lecumminslecummins Charter Member
    From Maggie Kidd (did it 25 years ago), who is watching from land:

    Not yet he's heading towards lighthouse where I finished so won't see him till boat brings him round
    Boats out of sight now so he must be finished or not far off
  • lecumminslecummins Charter Member
    Tracker says that the boat is coming back out...I assume we can start the congratulations now?!! Fantastic swim!
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Tracker is heading out! I haven't been able to get through to a phone all day.

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  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Fergal has joined the illustrious roll of honour of North Channel swimmers in 12.21 with water temps under 10C most of the way. Congrats kid! So very excited and proud for him. We have an early contender for the marathonswimmers.org 2013 Male Swim of the Year!

    http://www.loneswimmer.com The World's Most Popular Open Water Swimming Blog

  • oxooxo Guest

    We have an early contender for the marathonswimmers.org 2013 Male Swim of the Year!

    I second that. Nice piece of work Fergal. Looking forward to reading your swim report.
  • JbetleyJbetley UKMember
    Totally awesome! So cold! It's a humbling effort! Wow!
  • FergalFergal Member
    I just found my way onto this discussion. Brilliant. I can't thank you guys enough for the support. Just coming to terms with the swim and achievement. What fantastic help from Mags (wife), Tom Healy, John Daly, Martin Cullen on the boat. Quinton Nelson was the pilot and super tactician / strategist. I will follow up in the next day or two with a report on the blog. Cheers, fellow marathon swimmers.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    You're the Chanimal, Fergal. We won't let you go now.

    http://www.loneswimmer.com The World's Most Popular Open Water Swimming Blog

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Here's a radio interview with Fergal yesterday. About 10 mins long.

    http://www.loneswimmer.com The World's Most Popular Open Water Swimming Blog

  • He has a fan club. If anyone wants details just PM me.

    Sisu: a Finnish term meaning strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.

  • Have you uploaded the swim report yet @Fergal?
  • To see a shark beneath you once and stay in and to see the same said shark pass again and still stay in is very bold indeed, @Fergal Braveheart! Respect!
    http://dublinpeople.com/article.php?id=2538&l=100
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    Sisu: a Finnish term meaning strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.

  • having been the pilot and boat captain on this epic swim, the nomination for swimmer of the year should be a no contest. Fergal has shown the way.
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