Thanks Danny and Dougalt for your reports, much appreciated.
Dougalt, what you tell is not only unbelievable, but so fascinating too! I can imagine that cold but calm shore an the ocean all for you, it has to be wonderful.
One more question(s): aside from those 2 bad days, never had any hypothermia or after-drop issues? And how much time to re-establish your normal body temperature after a swim in such cold (ice) water?
By the way, I'm pretty sure you already know this great blog that I'd like to share with everyone interested in cold water swimming: