competitors in last year’s swim before the Race
On August 12th a group of hardy swimmers will brave the open seas in a sponsored swim in aid of the RNLI, the charity which saves lives at sea. Over £25,000 has been raised in the years since the race began
This will be the eighth year in which a sea race has been organised in Weston Bay in aid of the RNLI. The swimmers will be transported to the end of Brean Down in the Bristol Channel at 1200 hrs. Here they will enter the water and start their swim, to land at Anchor Head on the north Weston shore. The distance is 2.5 miles in a straight line. However they rarely swim in a straight line as they will have to cope with the powerful tides in this, the second largest tidal range in the world.
It will take them from 45 minutes to one and half hours depending on the swimmer. They will each be escorted by a kayak in case they get into difficulties and there will be a number of RIBs also escorting.
Anyone interested in taking part must be a strong swimmer with experience of swimming in the sea and has to agree to raise sponsorship in aid of the RNLI. Last year the group of eight swimmers who took part raised £5,000.
If anyone thinks they are good enough they should go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N3T5DL8
Anyone wishing to sponsor can do so by going to http://www.justgiving.com/teams/BigSwim2012 where there are further details of the Race and the entrants.
The RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Pete Holder said, “It is always good to hear from those who raise the funds to allow us to keep saving lives at sea. We are a volunteer service completely dependent on donations and legacies to continue our work. This money will help in our rigorous training of the volunteers who man our lifeboats.”