I didn't see the chop on the river tbh. I understand it was about a foot to 18" in which case it would be expected given the wind and the meeting of the river and the creek. There was some chop last year, but I can't say whether it was any better or worse really!
The weather was from the east, so blowing up the estuary and that was likely to increase any chop I think. Last year there was quite a bit of rain a couple of days before so I think the added flow at the start made for quicker times overall.
I swam the day before from Brixham to Berry Head and back and the 'swell' there was quite big. The difference between the peaks and trough of the waves was about 3-4 metres, which completely interfered with any stroke I had planned! It also made me quite dizzy when I eventually climbed out onto dry land.
It is a shame the river isn't cleaner or as inviting. I think the Thames is probably cleaner looking. Having said that, there are still jelly fish and seals in the estuary and not long ago a small pod of dolphins were there too, so it can't be too bad!
Nice to see you all down there and really glad you both enjoyed the swim too!
There were a few complaints about the lack of jelly babies at the second feed station so that will be addressed next year.
I didn't get a medal last year and thought the idea of the 'key ring' medal was a good one. It's quite discreet too.
having got up at 5am and not leaving until nearly 5pm I'm not sure if actually taking part is harder than volunteering! Not sure I fancy doing the baggage handling next year as that was hard work! "What does your bag look like?" 'Err, it's a black back pack.' "Really? So are 90% of the other 800 swimmers bags!!" Hey-Ho!