August 25th 2017 Lough Hyne swim @ 12.30 pm
Low Tide 02.15 (0.56m)
High Tide 08.18 (3.44m)
Low Tide 14.34 (0.57m)
High Tide 20.36 (3.44m)
This day will go down in Lough Hyne Lapper’s history. As Anne-Marie and I get in (and Aisling too she went to the boat and back in her togs). Steve Black and a couple of other swimmers are just back from swimming the six piers , we all know at this time that Nathan Timmons is over half way across the English Channel. Nathan’s first attempt in July was squashed due to bad weather. All was not lost and he has been waiting for a slot to come up which it did for Friday the 25th August. Lapper’s Noel and Louis are Nathans trusty support team.The Whats App has been hot and pinging with Good Luck messages all morning.
We are immersing ourselves in Lough Hyne and all the time I am thinking of Nathan swimming his dream swim.
Anne-Marie speeds on ahead I try and keep up and try and capture her in motion. I am in the wet suit. We have been swimming a good bit without wetsuits in preparation for colder Scottish waters but I feel I cannot go the distance the same as Anne- Marie and I want to swim a longer distance today.
We are in the middle of Lough Hyne it’s a soft day and had been raining.
At the edge of the island there are sea urchins and beautiful orange sponges nestled in the rocks.
We are heading around the island.
I spot a large Mullet and try and chase it to get closer.
Starfish and sea anenomies litter the back of the island.
I fall behind.
The light changes at the other side of the island.
At the far corner below Lough Hyne a floating piece of magic floats past me.
I put the camera upwards and capture the reflection of the surface.
Crescent moon feather floats also below the surface.
A magical swim and our we are both desperate to see how Nathan is getting on. No time to chat its straight home to warm up and check the Whats App and the tracker.
This is Noels photo, Louis and Noel were fantastic to support Nathan and also letting us all know what was happening every step of Nathan’s epic swim. Messages of support were being sent out every second and were read out to Nathan when they stopped to feed him.
At 17.53 “FINISHED” came up and I could hear the roar of whooping from everyone.
Over 16 hours of swimming, Nathan made it and a very artistic “fish hook” as Declan has described it, tracking trail. I have no technical info on the swim other than the tides were causing a problem to Nathan coming in and he had to change where he came into. So it was nail biting at the end, Nathan must have had to swim hard the final last hours. Noel and Louis swam the last bit in with him and we are all so immensely proud of you all. Nathan you are a true inspiration and so delighted you are now part of a very elite group of Channel swimmers. It is also privilege to depart of such a supportive, lovely group of people. I cannot wait for the party. Fan flipping tastic.