Long Swim | Final Day

August 31, 2018

Today was the most important day of my career.

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Long Swim | Day Forty Nine

August 29, 2018

The Long Swim has been full of surprises. Some had to do with swimming, and some had to do with the reason I'm swimming.

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Long Swim | Day Forty Eight

August 28, 2018

When I said that I would work night and day to finish this swim, I wasn't exaggerating.


Long Swim | Day Forty Seven

August 27, 2018

Last night, I lay in my bunk wondering if I was going to fail at the eleventh hour.

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Long Swim | Day Forty Six

August 26, 2018

Today, things got even worse.


Long Swim | Day Forty Five

August 25, 2018

Today was a disaster.

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Long Swim | Day Forty Four

August 24, 2018

For the first time since the middle of Lyme Bay, which was over a month ago, there was no current.

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Long Swim | Day Forty Three

August 23, 2018

Another very early morning swim today as the forecast for the weekend is worsening.


Long Swim | Day Forty Two

August 22, 2018

As expected, today was a painfully early start.

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Long Swim | Day Forty One

August 21, 2018

We had a calm start to today as, due to the tides, I would only be swimming in the evening.


Long Swim | Day Forty

August 20, 2018

Today felt like it was two days long and had the two most significant milestones.


Long Swim | Day Thirty Nine

August 19, 2018

Yet another bad weather day with no swims due to Storm Ernesto.


Long Swim | Day Thirty Eight

August 18, 2018

Today was a busy, bumpy day.


Long Swim | Day Thirty Seven

August 17, 2018

While the waves and wind were going in the right direction, the size of the swell made swimming a real challenge.

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Long Swim | Day Thirty Six

August 16, 2018

The Long Swim came seconds away from ending today.


Long Swim | Day Thirty Five

August 15, 2018

The wind was picking up again, making the swell grow.


Long Swim | Day Thirty Four

August 14, 2018

This morning was another early start, with a long motor from Portsmouth to our start point.

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Long Swim | Day Thirty Three

August 13, 2018

This morning we left Gosport early - the sun was barely over the horizon.


Long Swim | Day Thirty Two

August 12, 2018

There really was no water left on board by yesterday evening.


Long Swim | Day Thirty One

August 11, 2018

Today was a day of recouping our losses.

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Long Swim | Day Thirty

August 10, 2018

After a restless night hearing the wind whip over my portholes, I got out of bed at 5am to see if Skipper thought it would be safe to swim this morning given the weather conditions.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty Nine

August 9, 2018

Time for an injury update.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty Eight

August 8, 2018

This morning I woke in one of the most iconic parts of Dorset's Jurassic Coast - Lulworth Cove.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty Seven

August 7, 2018

Today was a busy day!


Long Swim | Day Twenty Six

August 6, 2018

Today was the milestone of milestones - we passed the half way mark.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty Five

August 5, 2018

Today was the day I finally reached the end of Lyme Bay and round Portland Bill. I have been staring at this little dot of land for nearly a week and am relieved to be at the end of it. From now on, land will always be in sight.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty Four

August 4, 2018

The wind was up again this morning, and Aquila had been rocking a little more strongly than I'd have liked all night long.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty Three

August 3, 2018

After the drama of last night, my team and I are exhausted and there was littleconversation this morning.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty Two

August 2, 2018

Today we set sail from Dartmouth, which has been our home port for the past week, headed for the middle of Lyme Bay.


Long Swim | Day Twenty One

August 1, 2018

This morning was sunny again, finally, and the wind had dropped right down. I'm now back onto one swim a day as the spring tides are over and neap tides are back again.

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Long Swim | Day Twenty

July 31, 2018

My watch clicked over midnight and into the morning.

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Long Swim | Day Nineteen

July 30, 2018

The ocean wasn't kind this morning.

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Long Swim | Day Eighteen

July 29, 2018

Today has been a weather enforced rest day. With 4m swells, 35+ knot winds and yellow weather warnings from the Met Office, Skipper and I have made the call to not swim this morning or afternoon as it just far too dangerous.

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Long Swim | Day Seventeen

July 28, 2018

This morning we rolled the dice.

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Long Swim | Day Sixteen

July 27, 2018

This morning was race day. With Start Point in sight, at six minutes past six this morning, I dived straight into the grey ocean. It was bitter and uninviting in the weak post-dawn light.


Long Swim | Day Fifteen

July 26, 2018

We left Salcombe at 4am to catch the morning tide on the approach to Start Point, joined by the Sky News team, for the first swim of the day.

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Long Swim | Day Fourteen

July 25, 2018

This morning I left my home town of Plymouth for the last time. I have been so heartily welcomed by everyone that I'm sad to leave.


Long Swim | Day Thirteen

July 24, 2018

Today was the first day I have fallen behind in my distance. I am now 0.5km behind where I should be, according to our planning.


Long Swim | Day Twelve

July 23, 2018

Today was a day of fantastic highs and struggling lows.

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Long Swim | Day Eleven

July 22, 2018

Today was a fantastic swim! I covered my full 10km target and avoided being stung by jellyfish along the way.


Long Swim | Day Ten

July 21, 2018

I was swimming off Plymouth, my home city, this morning and the waters have changed since I was a boy growing up here.


Long Swim | Day Nine

July 20, 2018

"This is the German warship Augsburg, we are about to commence gunnery practice, please avoid the following coordinates..."

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Long Swim | Day Eight

July 19, 2018

Especially large jellyfish were out in force this morning, with two new species spotted that looked particularly nasty.

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Long Swim | Day Seven

July 18, 2018

I was joined by my first guest swimmer today!


Long Swim | Day Six

July 17, 2018

The morning swim today was great.

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Long Swim | Day Five

July 16, 2018

Met Prince Charles today - in my shorts and flip flops.


Long Swim | Day Four

July 15, 2018

Today was a crucial day for the first week of The Long Swim.


Long Swim | Day Three

July 14, 2018

Glassy sea on a beautiful Saturday in Mounts Bay, with a perfect spring tide current, which helped propel me toward Lizard Point.


Long Swim | Day Two

July 13, 2018

Another two good sessions in the morning and evening, in very fair conditions. I will be doing two swims a day and slingshotting around Land's End.


Long Swim | Day One

July 12, 2018

Today was a day of ironing out the swim procedures. This involved working out communication between me in the water and my team, adhering to the verification protocols, working out actual distance covered versus distance swum - it's difficult to swim in an exact straight line.