Velvety water

There’s something indefinable about being in the sea, none of us can exactly put our finger on it, like last night when the water felt soft and velvety, it was choppy but the water was like a comfy blanket, maybe it was the temperature? Who knows and to be honest, who cares! Even this morning when the waves were high due to an easterly wind the waves were soft. It does help if you go through the waves rather than try and brace yourself against them.

For the last week or so, with barely a ripple, we have been swimming up to a km in Sandown Bay,, twice a day, a good workout when the current is against you always with the knowledge that if are too tired to continue then it’s easy enough to walk back. Obviously the pull of the water changes depending on the tidal state so we can choose which way to swim. Swimming, proper swimming, wasn’t an option this morning and I was still ‘moving’ some time later 😊

As a ‘sea geek’ I keep records of almost all of my swims using Accuweather, Met Office and Channel Coastal Observatory data for Sandown Bay (not pier!) and I have finally collated this into a spreadsheet (that was fun!) and below is a graph of the air, car and sea temperatures since May last year. Very interesting (for a sea geek) that the sea temperature is relatively so stable compared to that of the air although the last couple of weeks has seen fluctuations because of the huge changes in atmospheric temperature. The general trend does show how stable the water temperature is – gives you and idea of when you need to start saving for a new wetsuit!

Shows air and sea temps from May 2019 to 11 June 2020

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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