Two teams of swimmers from Mourant Ozannes have raised more than £8,000 for stroke victims and their families in the Channel Islands, by achieving what is believed to be a ‘first’ for Channel Island long distance swimming, completing a simultaneous inter-island relay challenge,
The teams achieved their remarkable feat in September in a combined time of just over 24 hours, with the Jersey to Guernsey leg swum in 11 hours 40 minutes 37 seconds and the team from Guernsey reaching the Jersey coast in 12 hours 20 minutes. It’s thought to be the first time ever that the Jersey to Guernsey direction leg has been completed.
Both teams battled choppy water, jellyfish, and mist to complete the challenge. They were spurred on by the Channel Islands Airsearch plane, Lion’s Pride, which made several low passes over the swimmers.
Robert Shepherd, Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes Guernsey said: ‘This was a remarkable achievement by two fantastic teams. To be the first to complete a simultaneous swim between the Islands in each direction, while raising funds for two very important charities, is something of which we can all be very proud.’
Mark Torode, who led the Guernsey team, said: ‘We were overjoyed when we completed the swim. We had put in so much planning and preparation but it was never a sure thing that we would succeed. Now that we have totaled the funds raised we are even more delighted. Not only do I have to thank the team who took part, but we are all very grateful to those who have supported the Guernsey Stroke Association.’
The attempt was made possible thanks to the help and expertise of a number of volunteers who helped with planning and preparation, and crewed the support craft that were essential to the safety and success of the challenge.