Had a great couple of swims – one just out the harbour, one in the harbour itself….water is lovely and warm but NOT clean! Diesel doesn’t taste nice. Ever. The weather is getting better and better. Not swimming again til I head for France. Looking at the sky, looking at the weather forecasts…. Checklists getting checked, lights getting tested. And checked and checked and checked.

First thing this morning, Evelyn, the owner of Varne Ridge where I’m staying, came to tell us that Paudraig from Ireland who was swimming yesterday, and was late 30’s, early 40’s had a massive heart attack just short of the French coast and died! Really brings it home that this is an extreme challenge! I really feel for his wife who was on the boat….. Just don’t tell my mum.