It's chucking it down here. The first rain I've seen since arriving two and a half weeks ago. A cold front is passing through which, apparently, is good news for water temperature (it may even go up to 15C!!). But it's bad news for visibility and swimming conditions. The sea is looking quite choppy today with a big swell rolling in. So we're all waiting to find out whether the swim will be postponed until Saturday.
I met my boat woman last night, Mariza. I liked her immediately - calm, strong, knows what she's doing and good with nervous swimmers. She's bringing her husband along to look out for sharks for me. The swim organisers have also managed to secure a chopper to do a couple of shark spotting runs while we're in the water. I've also been told I'll be swimming with Gary Austin - apparently quite a famous long-distance swimmer here. He's been training to swim the Channel double, which means going from England to France, turning round and swimming right back again. I fear I could slow him down, but apparently he's an easy-going chap who wont mind.
The top five swimmers in the race will be tagged by GPS devices so you can track their performance by clicking here and following the instructions.
Wish me luck!