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Michael Oram on weather predictions

question on Channel Swimmers group:

I'm waiting for the weather to clear for a solo attempt. The weather seems to be clearing, and either tomorrow (Thursday) or Sunday are looking like possible swim days. The big question is, which day? Does anyone have any insight as to which day would be better?

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Michael Oram on Swim timing and Support/safety swimmers

Just a quick note for everyone as I keep being asked questions reference the swim rules just lately.

The rules are on the CS&PF web site - www.cspf.co.uk

Swim timings

For a 2-way swim the timing starts when the swimmer enters the water at the beginning of the swim and continues until the second leg is completed. This is a continuous timing.

2-way swim are however split into 2 separate legs --

Michael Oram on starting time and location

With the weather the pilots are working when the time is right and allows them to go. That means we have to adjust our start times to suit any weather gaps - swimmers possible speed (they all tell lies) - pilots abilities - wind speed and direction - sea conditions.

The start time is also matched some times to the swimmers speed. As pilots we are only as good as our 3rd engine - which is the swimmer.

Because of the tidal changes and the strength of the tide at Cap Gris Nez it is a case of working out where and when you are going to arrive in France. This has to be assessed as the swim progresses. We can often name the landing place within a few hundred metres and the landing time within 30 minutes once we have watched the swimmer and their feeding pattern.

Michael Oram on support swimmers

There is a need for swimmers and their support team to understand how the pilot looks at the rules and how the pilot has the overall say in what happens reference the use of support /safety swimmers.

The CS&PF rules for support swimmers state:

No support swimming within the first 3 hours and then it is: 1 hour the water - 2 hours out of the water -- with the pilots concent. There are other references as to how support swims are conducted in the swim rules.

Michael Oram on timing of double swims

Just a quick note for everyone as I keep being asked questions reference the swim rules just lately.

The rules are on the CS&PF web site - www.cspf.co.uk

Swim timings

For a 2-way swim the timing starts when the swimmer enters the water at the beginning of the swim and continues until the second leg is completed. This is a continuous timing.

2-way swim are however split into 2 separate legs --

Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

'Testicles sit nicely in their mouth' expert tells Swedes

Swedish men have been told to stay out of the water after a gonad-gobbling fish known as the "ball cutter" was spotted in the wild.

The warning was issued after fisherman caught what appears to be a 21cm-long pacu fish in the Oresund Sound between Denmark and Sweden.

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Michael Oram on distance swum

Reference the distance statements and queries--

It's DISTANCE TRAVELLED - not distance SWUM.

On the top of the springs the tidal flow up and down Channel is around the 11 to 13.5 nautical miles (25 km). Wendy Trehiou swam for 39+ hours (on Wednesday August 21, 2013). That's 6.6 tide changes - about 70 nm of tidal work without any swimming.

Michael Oram on Jelly Fish

Jelly fish are and have always been part of an English Channel swim. They appear at any time during the crossing but are more concentrated in the middle section (around the separation zone). They do collect around the point at Cap Gris Nez - although we have not seen many of them there so far this year.

There are a lot of the small clear harmless ones plus a few of the stinging purple stinging ones. The sting is mild and on par with a nettle sting when ashore.
Many swimmers have tried different systems to prevent getting stung but most still suffer from the occasional encounter.

We do have a considerable number of Portuguese Man of war this year (Clear top but with a brownish core and fairly long tentacles, 2 to 3 foot plus) but they are usually deeper than the little ones. If you think you might be allergic to them take some antihistamine cream along.

Michael Oram on Jelly Fish

Jelly fish are and have always been part of an English Channel swim. They appear at any time during the crossing but are more concentrated in the middle section (around the separation zone). They do collect around the point at Cap Gris Nez - although we have not seen many of them there so far this year.

There are a lot of the small clear harmless ones plus a few of the stinging purple stinging ones. The sting is mild and on par with a nettle sting when ashore.

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