THE Guernsey Swimming Club (GSC) is asking local swimmers to make sure this year’s Open Castle Swim, sponsored by Saffery Champness, is in their diaries.
Due to the tides, the popular annual open water swim will take place on Sunday 1 September in the afternoon and anyone over the age of 12 can take part for a minimum donation of £2.
Any funds raised at this year’s event will go towards supporting the Guernsey branch of Diabetes UK and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. With Saffery Champness’ support it will ensure that all donations go directly to the chosen charities.
President of the GSC, Christ Butt, said: “The GSC are once again delighted that Saffery Champness has agreed to sponsor the Annual Open Castle Swim.
“This is a great opportunity for all swimmers, either from our island or visiting from further afield, both young and old, competitive or not, to take part as individuals, teams or families to rise to their own personal challenges to get from Havelet Bay to the Castle. I wish them every success in their endeavour.”
Registration opens at 1.30pm from the Gent’s bathing pool at La Vallette. Swimmers will enter the water at 3pm and will make their way over to the slipway just before the breakwater at Castle Cornet on the other side of Havelet Bay.
Saffery Champness, who has been sponsoring the swim for the past three years, will also be providing swimming caps for everyone taking part.
Director Nick Batiste, who will be taking part in the swim, is keen to encourage his staff to also get involved in this historic and very popular annual sporting event.
“What’s great about the Castle Swim is it is very accessible to the majority of swimmers whatever your ability. The distance is only about 500m and should take between 15 to 25 minutes to complete for an average swimmer.
“Swimming in deep open water can be very exhilarating and if you have not done this before it’s a great opportunity to give it a go, with the support of a number of safety boats alongside you.
“At the same time, you will be raising money for two very worthy charities.”