Open Water Swimmers Battle Against Weather & Tides In Scilly Swim Challenge

The weather and tidal conditions made the Scilly Swim Challenge even more difficult this year. Image courtesy of Scilly Swim Challenge. 

The weather and tidal conditions made the Scilly Swim Challenge even more difficult this year. Image courtesy of Scilly Swim Challenge. 

This year's Scilly Swim Challange really did live up to its name as competitors battled against rough seas and strong currents swimming from Island to island this week.

Competitors exciting water in Tresco. Image courtesy of Scilly Swim Challenge. 

Competitors exciting water in Tresco. Image courtesy of Scilly Swim Challenge. 

Now in it's 4th year the Scilly Swim Challenge is a set of swims encompassing the archipelago of the Isles of Scilly.

The event which has grown over the years is now split into a two events, a 1-day event where competitors have to complete the course in a single day and 2-day event which splits the course up over 2 and allows open water swimmers with less experience to take part.

Open water swimmers who took part in the 1-day last Saturday had the challenge of completing the course in reverse starting at Porthcressa beach on St Mary's and ending at Bar Point on St Mary's. This was due to weather and tidal conditions on the day.

The two day event was effected further by adverse weather and tidal conditions but despite the conditions the majority of the swims took place.

Dewi Winkle who runs the Scilly Swim Challenge with Nick and Bryony Lishman spoke to Will over the course of the week to keep us updated. After the the 2-day event had finished Dewi said: "It's been a challenging couple of days but gone really well."

Open water swimmers battling the seas. Image courtesy of Scilly Swim Challenge. 

Open water swimmers battling the seas. Image courtesy of Scilly Swim Challenge. 

This year's Scilly Swim Challenge has seen competitors travel to the Isles of Scilly from as far and wide as the US and Australia. Dewi lated. added: "What we have seen this year is more supporters and families coming over which is really good for the islands." 

 

Meetings have already taken place and plans are already underway for next year's Scilly Swim Challenge. The event will be returning in Spring and again in September next year. Registration for next year's event is due to open in November. For more information pease go to www.scillyswimchallenge.co.uk.

You can listen to Dewi below giving a brief overview of the 2-day event, thoughts on the event and on what the future holds.