Wind beats Channel swim attempts

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WOULD-BE Channel swimmers were thwarted by the weather yesterday. Only one out of about 20 hopefuls set off and he had to turn back because the wind was too strong.

The Channel swimming season reaches a peak this week when warm water and gentle tides often provide near ideal conditions for the 21-mile crossing from Dover to Cap Gris Nez. But swimmers planning to take the plunge at Shakespeare Beach, Dover, yesterday reckoned without the wind - moderate force four breezes posed too great an obstacle.

Among swimmers from around the world waiting for their chance, only Britain's Sean Roper, 32, set off. After an hour he abandoned his attempt, to try again later in the week.

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