How to handle large afterwave from ships in the Channel
nvr2late Central VirginiaCharter Member
edited March 2013 in General Discussion
I would like advice from those who have experienced swimming in the afterwave of large ships in the English Channel. The only experience that I have with anything similar would be my normal ocean swimming from shore, to beyond the breaking waves - typically diving under the breaking waves as they pass over. Is there any similarity to negotiating the afterwaves in the Channel? Is it possible to avoid them altogether, or should they always be anticipated at some point during the swim? Thanks!
Otherwise, bow waves are not that big a deal. At most you'd only be exposed to 1 or 2 close enough to be big since there's only one real bow wave per ship. You may get swamped but you may not.
And since they can come from all directions, you likely won't see them coming anyway, (though your crew might/might not) and you can't really duck-dive them. I like to throw bow waves at swimmers on the Cork Distance week torture swim for the experience but otherwise, don't worry about it.
A big bow wave is probably a little less fun for those on the boat.
If you are on the boat, then hold onto something! The boat will continue to rock for some time afterwards.
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