Posted by: jlenchner | August 13, 2009

One Week to Go

One week before Philipp and Jon meet up in Malaga, Spain on the Costa del Sol. Youssef has just arrived in Casablanca and is enjoying time with his family before heading up north. The water temperature in Tarifa right now is warmer than the seasonal average: 70 F (21 C) while the seasonal average is 65-68 F (18.5-20 C) – we hope it will stay that way! It has been very windy however: today (August 13th) the wind is blowing at 28 knots (or just over 30 MPH) which puts us at 7 on the Beaufort scale. I guess that is why Tarifa is considered the windsurfing capital of the world! Click here for the latest Tarifa weather conditions in English, or German.

The map below shows a closeup of the area where we will be swimming:

Closeup of the swim from Tarifa

Closeup of the swim from Tarifa

The idea is to swim due south and get carried by the current eastward, hopefully hitting one of the prominences of land that you see below.¬† At some point during the swim we will have a nice view of the Rock of Gibraltar which is the spit of land “around the horn” from Tarifa to the northeast.

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