The wind was a gusty South Westerly, with frequent quite heavy rain showers, but by the afternoon and start time, there was some hope as the wind had abated a little but with very few glimpses of the sun. The river was a bit of challenge at the mid point, especially for the Non Elites, but was considered acceptable for both Elite and Non Elite Swimmers. There was a good mood at the Swim Brief where swimmers were strongly advised to follow the buoyed route and the leading Harbour Rib. So, at approximately 15.10, 102 Elite swimmers set off in their red hats, creating quite a white water spectacle as they followed the lead Rib. Life Guards on boards and other safety craft escorted them across the river Camel estuary (a distance of just under one mile). At approximately 15.40, it was the turn of the Non Elites, who had benefitted from watching the progress of the Elites, to make their start. 245 swimmers set off, making an even bigger splash, although moving a little more slowly than the first wave, again guided by the Harbour Rib, and escorted by Life Guards on boards.
All the Swimmers made it across, though some needed a little help on the way. All arrived at Rock with a feeling of great satisfaction, and were given a tumultuous welcome by family, friends and spectators, who, though not allowed near the finish line, were able to view from the dinghy park and other vantage points. At Rock, the swimmers received their Iconic Swim Tee shirt, a Barnecutt pasty, and water. The atmosphere at Rock was really party-like, despite the weather. The last swimmer home was given an amazing welcome as he had obviously given his all, and his grin of pure delight and satisfaction was inspirational and clearly demonstrated the satisfaction of succeeding in a challenge, and the overall ethos of the Padstow to Rock Swim.
The swim enjoys the support of Barnecutt bakeries, Harbour Hotels, Mariners Lettings, Rock Rail and Sharp’s Brewery as main sponsors. There are also many organisations and individuals who make the swim possible.The total monies raised to date by the Swim for leading end of life charity, Marie Curie, at just over £943,000.
We aim therefore to top the One Million pounds mark next year.
LET’S MAKE IT A MILLION’ in 2024.
Photo's from the day will be published soon.