The wind was still blowing from the northeast. I knew before going into the water it was going to be challenging, I would have to fight the wind and waves going in the opposite direction but I was determined to put my time in.
I put two hoodies on to keep my head warm, one of them covered also my torso. During the first two hours, I didn’t take any break, I did not want to get cold during a short stop. It is very difficult to warm myself up in the water once I get cold.
I also changed my nutrition, I decided to eat only soup and bread. Fortunately for us, Yoav is a great bread maker. So I had for me on the RHIB some warm soup and few slices of bread.
I took breaks every hour instead of my regular nutrition break every 30 minutes.
This new combination of food and timing worked great, I didn’t have any nausea, problem digesting and wasn’t hungry.
In the middle of the afternoon during one of my last breaks, Ty pointed behind me and said something I didn’t understand because of the two layers of hoodies on my ears. I turned around and few hundred yards away a big tanker named Tiger was crossing our route. I found out later that Paul contacted them on the VHF to make sure they saw us. He explained to them that a swimmer and a small RHIB were in the water and apparently they had to move away to avoid us. I also found out later that another ship, the Santa Barbara came very close to us earlier in the day.
At the end of the day, I was very, very disappointed to find out that I swam close to 8 hours but the wind and waves slowed me down so much that I only covered 5 miles!