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North Channel Swim Conditions

The North (Irish) Channel has shorter and less tidal windows than those of other channels, sometimes with only five days per month when a channel swim crossing can take place, usually on a Neap tide.

Strong tidal currents can make it less likely for a swimmer under 3k/h speed to successfully cross.  There have been several successful crossings with a swim speed lower than 3k/h.  Swim speed and consistency of pace are vitally important.

The facts of the North channel sometimes known as the Irish channel


north channel

Distance

Stretch of water of 35 km in a straight line between Donaghadee and Portpatrick.

Due to the strong tidal currents you will swim 45 km+. With the tidal flow your swim line will head north  / south depending on your swim speed and conditions.

Course

The preferred course is from Northern Ireland to Scotland some swimmers have had a successful crossing Scotland to Ireland including oceans seven swimmer Anna Carin-Nordin

 

Water temperature
Water temperature is between 11°c  and 14°c with some evidence of 15 – 16c later in the season.

 

Weather

The weather on the North (Irish) Channel can change quite quickly often regardless of what the weather forecasts have predicted.

Main reference point:- Click Here

 

South Rock Down Buoy

 

 

 

South Hunter Buoy

 

Other references:- Click Here

 

 

Irish Weather Bouy Network(IMOS)

United Kingdom Live Buoy Observations

Marine Observations- Ronaldsway

Dingieshowe Weather Forecast

United Kingdom Recent Marine Data

Marine Observations- Belfast International Airport

 

Wild life
There will be sightings of dolphins, Minke whales and some seals,  none of which will harm you. There are plenty of lion's mane jellyfish.

 

Lion's Mane Jellyfish North Channel

 

 

Here is some other data from the North (Irish) Channel Weather.

 

North (Irish) Channel Swim Temperature

 

North (Irish) Channel Swim wind speed

 

North (Irish) Channel Swim Hours of Daylight

 

North (Irish) Channel Swim Hours of Sunshine

 

North (Irish) Channel Swim Sea Level Pressure

 

If you or your team have any other questions please feel free to contact us by email and we will be happy to answer your questions.

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