Sunday, July 8, 2012

Weather channels from Mike Oram

Day 2 in Dover, I think we're going to have cross our fingers for the weather gods to cooperate later this week.

Old shot (2001) but we haven't changed much, ha!
Thanks to my experienced pilot, Mike Oram, he has shared some of the weather sites he checks before bringing out swimmers. I will share them with you, so you can experience some of the craziness we go through. I try not to look too much and know too much about swimming the channel, except "I do"... best to trust in your crew, get in the water, put your head down and swim to France, usually works for me.


The weather sites used by the pilots are --  enter Dover Harbor

Bit of everything from this site. It's the one on which most of the other sites are based. You can type in Dover (Langdon heights) for the land weather. - Or go to coast & sea and look at the inshore waters forecast for North Foreland to Selsey Bill . There is also a 12 hour predicted Atlantic pressure chart for the next 4 days which will show you the weather patterns that are affecting the UK. The tighter the iso-bar lines are together the stronger the winds. There is an explanation of the forecast and how it works on this site too. enter Dover, Kent

Gives you the shipping forecast - inshore waters forecast - coastal weather forecast (up to 12 miles out to sea) - the synopsis charts for both the British isles and the Atlantic (use the Atlantic chart for the best view) - a 5 day prediction of local weather (not very often right). This site also explains weather and has a lot of interesting reading in its supplementary articles.
Best sight for a basis, simple explanation and prediction of what they think will happen.

This is a very interesting site for weather around the UK and in Europe. It is linked to the data buoys like the one above and gives you a five day prediction. This site is good to watch if you want to see and understand how the "predictions" vary from the "actual" wind. Will help you realize that the Channel is very unpredictable and runs on a pattern of its own. Not usually 5that accurate for the Channel but aimed at windsurfers etc. in coastal waters. no need to put any location, all set

This is another site that predicts further into the future with up to 10 days forecast, unfortunately not that accurate, but worth looking at if you want to be optimistic.

Which one do you want to believe, or are they all "Pie in the Sky"
At the moment the British weather pattern for the South East and the Channel shows us in the "jet-stream" of low pressure depressions. We are sitting on the "polar front which has moved about 150 miles South and is giving us all these problems.

BTW: enjoying a glass of red while watching Murray vs. Federer at Wimbledon

... and yes, the water is cold.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed

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2015 ... Swimming for Homes for the Brave

After spending the past 20 years paddling from Dover to France, it is time to venture into new waters, while helping some special people.
Soon, I will be traveling with my A-team to Scotland to swim the length of the famous Loch Ness.
As always, I try to help a Foundation raise funds and awareness and I thank you for interest and support.
I am deeply troubled with the thought of homeless individuals, especially in our US Veteran population.

That is why I am teaming up with our Connecticut-based “Homes for the Brave”. Can you imagine not having a place to call home?

Here is more information about Homes for the Brave! -Facebook pages –

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs-

-Check donations can be mailed to the following address:
Homes for the Brave
655 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

- Donations can be made online as well:

Please write “Loch Ness Swim/Marcy” to track your donation.

I will always be dedicating my swimming to all those battling cancer and in the memory of 4 special people in my life. Cancer first hit my family when I was young. My grand-aunt Eleanor Kersavage, passed away with uterine cancer and my Auntie Bea Halchak battled with brain cancer.

On January 1, 2002, our LEHY family lost Nikki Giampolo to bone cancer, just turning 16 years old. Her spirit still lives on in our East Hartford swim team.

In July of 2009, my brother-in-law, Gregory Allen Urban, who passed away, after a valient battle with lung cancer. I can see him now, talking about cars and projects around the house, music and his family.

I know Aunties, Eleanor and Bea, Nikki, Greg and all the angels will help me CUT through all this water this summer.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, based in Bridgeport, CT provides financial support for the needs that Health insurance companies don't cover, in addition to providing affordable cancer screening, wigs, medication and other things to make life easier for those suffering with cancer and their families.

Please make a donation, and thank you.

Online donations can be made at:

or you can send a check through the post to:

Swim Across the Sound
St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Thank you so very much, peace and good health to all.