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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Tuesday 26 June

A bright day, which has now degenerated into spells of light rain, which have moved up from the southwest. I have spent the day (so far, it's 5.40pm) monitoring the progression of the group of 8 intrepid swimmers who are crossing the Minch from Ullapool to Stornoway. Other people take the ferry, but this lot take turns swimming the 45-65 miles. The ferry has been tooting at the team as they ploughed their way through the swell, and passengers on board have been asked to donate. The swim is organised to benefit the RNLI. A pod of killer whales came to check out one swimmer, who lost no time getting out of the water. A 20 ft whale is not something to trifle with, and orkas have those nasty, sharp teeth. The swimmers were south of Point an hour ago, and are expected into Stornoway between 9 and 11pm tonight. I'll keep an eye out for their support vessel, the MV Cuma, which will be cue to head out to the shoreline. I'll update later with pics of the team as they enter the harbour, something I can monitor from the window here.

2 comments:

  1. Looking forward to the photos. An incredible swim

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  2. Oh dear Guido,that must have been a very frightening experiance for the swimmers.Our weather has been exactly the same as yours today,though i havn't seen much being in bed..Looking forward to seeing the pictures maybe another day as I arn't very well again and I have only come online to read a few blogs tonight.Take Care Guido,I hope you manage to get some good snaps.Always enjoy your pics as you well know.Take Care God Bless Have a good evening whats left of it.Kath xx

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