Swimmers make a splash in Caldey waters
10:02am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A SHOAL of 47 swimmers made waves off the Pembrokeshire coast on Sunday morning when their stamina and skill earned them one of the first-ever Caldey-Tenby Open Water Swim medals.
The 2.5 mile swim took place in ideal weather conditions and saw a fleet of craft accompanying the entrants from the monastic island’s Priory Beach to Tenby’s North Beach.
Just 49 minutes after the first plunge into the water, the first swimmer was home - triathlete Olly Simon of Tenby.
It was a course he had been waiting years to complete.
“When I was 12, I had the chance to swim from here to Caldey, but the jellyfish got me and I had to be taken out of the water,” he said. “It was perfect today, well worth the wait.”
The first lady to finish was Erika Malein, while the youngest swimmer was 18-year-old Sydney Vickery of Tenby, swimming alongside her dad Ian.
Held under the umbrella of Tenby Sea Swimming Association (TSSA), the swim is raising funds for the RNLI and a bucket collection on the day raised £200.
Said TSSA chairman Chris Osborne: “Everything went really well, and there was a tremendous sense of camaraderie amongst the swimmers. Following its success, I think we can now make plans for a bigger and better event.”