The Open Water Swimming Year – The Other Side of Summer

There is an imaginary curving line I could identify starting at The Garden, that sheer-walled hint of a cove in the cliffs on the western side of Tramore Bay. Such a line would terminate over four kilometres east at Brownstown Head on the other side of the bay and it delineates where the open ocean waves kick up in size as they advance on the coast and as I leave it, deep water waves, not the combers they become as they break on the shore.

The bottom of the bay smooths out, and I think from the feel and look of the water that there is a sea-floor sandbar of sediment running east ten or so metres beneath me, deposited by the prevailing westerly current where the bay begins its continuous three kilometre rise to the beach.

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