Sun & Sea – 27 May to 1 June

I have, somehow, been in the sea NINE times since last Wednesday and, like many sports, its the non-swim time that seems to eat the minutes; there’s the flask prep, kit check (although the kit list is rapidly diminishing as the weather warms,) drive over…then the best bit, the swim or ‘frolicking in the rollocking’ waves, the change and chat, the note-taking, drive home, dry / wash kit (no, not the wrong way round, sometimes it doesn’t need washing 😊 ) the ‘recovery’ phase depending on which way the current was flowing, how fierce and how long the swim and then always a little reflection on how wonderful it was. This is a good two to two and a half hours per swim and therefore sometimes five HOURS a day! On single dip days, I regret not double-dipping and on double-dipping days, everything else ends up a rush. BUT, it has been the one thing that has made life a little more joyous and easier to bear over the last few weeks, the ‘thing’ that is MY ‘thing,’ the exercise I can do without retribution by a slightly faltering body.

The best thing at the moment, of course, is the weather and we have enjoyed the sunniest ever period since records began according to the Met Office (https://bit.ly/sunniesteverUK) It is set to change but that won’t stop the swimming!

By the way – the 1st of June 1831 James Clark Ross located the magnetic pole.

Wed 27/5 08:15; Accuweather 180, real feel 18, wind E 18km/h gusting 20, pressure 1035.3 – high! Met Office 160 real feel 14, wind E 13km/h, gusting 18, pressure 1036. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.12m, max 0.18, sea temp 14.10

Wed 27/5 18:15; Car said 180. Accuweather 180, real feel 17, wind SE 17km/h gusting 22, pressure 1034. Met Office 180, real feel 18, wind SE 6km/h gusting 20, pressure 1035. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.16m, max 0.22m, sea temp 14.20.

Thur 28/5 08:00: Accuweather 170, real feel 16, wind E 28km/h gusting 33, pressure 1034.1. Met Office 140 real feel 12, wind ENE 18km/h gusting 25, pressure 1035. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.42m max 0.7, sea temp 14.30

Thur 28/5 18:00; Accuweather 160 real feel 14, wind E 26km/h gusting 30, pressure 1023.7. Met Office 180 real feel 14, wind ESE 24km/h gusting 50, pressure 1030. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.68m max 1.01, sea temp 14.40

Fri 29/4 08:00; Accuweather 160 real feel 15, wind W 26km/h gusting 32, pressure 1027.3. Met Office 150 real feel 13, wind E 20km/h gusting 33, pressure 1028. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.64 max 1.05, sea temp 14.40.

Sat 30/5 09:00; Accuweather 190 real feel 20, wind E 24km/h gusting 30, pressure 1022.3. Met Office 190 real feel 16 (it was VERY warm!) wind ENE 14km/h gusting 22, pressure 1023. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.37m max 0.63, sea temp 14.70

Sun 31/5 08:30; Accuweather 190 real feel 19, wind ENE 30km/h gusting 37, pressure 1020.2. Met Office 180 real feel 14, wind E 21km/h gusting 33, pressure 1021. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.59m max 0.87, sea temp 14.80

Sun 31/5 18:00: Accuweather 210 real feel 21, wind E 17km/h gusting 20, pressure 1020. Met Office 190 real feel 16, wind ESE 19km/h gusting 42, pressure 1021. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.51m max 0.84, sea temp 15.1

Mon 1/6 08:00 Accuweather 180 real feel 16, wind NNE 39km/h gusting 46, pressure 1021.1. Met Office 170 real feel 15, wind NE 14km/h, gusting 26, pressure 1022. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.58m max 0.94, sea temp 14.00

Published by Victoria Thorneton-Field

Oceanographer, writer, advocate for mental health and environmental issues, all-year-round sea swimmer, located on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

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