Posted: 16/09/2014 at 21:53
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!