On Saturday 27/06/15 Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society held the second Exe to Exe Swim. The new swim having replaced the Fairway Buoy Swim course which was held for 50 years.
Because organisers were still trialling the new course a small field of high calibre experienced swimmers were invited; including King of the Channel Michael Read who has completed the crossing 33 times.
The new swim starts at the lifeboat station an hour before the turn of the tide. It proceeds up the sea front, past the docks, up the river, and past the Exe Café to buoy 21. Swimmers then swim around the buoy before swimming the course in reverse back to the lifeboat station and Maer Rocks. Faster swimmers may have to battle the tide if they turn before slack water with slower swimmers facing a race against time to turn before the tide.
The result was an impressive one for Exmouth with Exmouth Swimmers claiming the first three positions. Jamie Page swam in to an early lead and led from start to finish with Tara Dudley 2nd overall and first female and Exmouth channel swimmer and coach Alan Franks swimming to third place in a close finish with 2nd placed female Harriet Tuck. Jamie’s winning time was 1.46.04 with the 15th and final swimmer, Kathy Anzuino who was swimming Breaststroke, finishing in a time of 2.50.42.
The three Exmouth swimmers are currently training hard for a four person channel relay attempt where, on the right day with the right conditions, they are confident they can challenge the record for the fastest crossing by a four person team. They are using the swim to raise funds for Exmouth Beach Rescue who’s volunteers regularly patrol Exmouth Beach and without who’s expertise Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society’s two annual open water swims couldn’t take place. If you’d like to sponsor the Exmouth team go to:
Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society would like to thank Exmouth Scouts, Exmouth Beach Rescue, Exmouth RNLI, Exmouth Marina, other kayakers, and boat owners who’s help enables the swim to go ahead.
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