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The Annual Plymouth breakwater race 29th July 2018

Pictures by Richard Davies and Zoe Le Blanc

Thanks to everyone who made the event possible.

Rough sea

 

Breakwater Swim Results – Sunday 29 July 2018

1. Darren Green – Devonport Royal Swimming Association 46.55.86 (First Male)

2. Marisa Schubert - Devonport Royal Swimming Association 47.51.02 (First Female)

3. Edward Gilbertson – Carradon Swimming Club 49.04,68

4. Elizabeth Vernon - Mount Kelly Swimming Club 51.35.21

5. Neil Brinkworth - Devonport Royal Swimming Association 52.27.52

6. Pete Redbourn – Plymouth RNRM Swimming Club 55.51.83

7. Anthony Antliff - Devonport Royal Swimming Association 65.41.35

 

Open Water Report

After weeks of hot and sunny weather, it was just our luck that Saturday 28 July saw a change. This brought heavy rain and strong winds to the South West which were expected to continue into the Sunday meaning the event may have to be cancelled. Despite conditions looking grim on the Hoe in the morning, an assessment was conducted by spending an hour watching the sea and sky and a decision was made to go ahead with the Swim. This was based on weather forecasts indicating improvements from 1500 onwards allowing a window of opportunity to safely run the swim. This turned out to be the case and fortunately the right decision.

 

High Tide was at 19.48, Sunset at 21.05, Wind from the SW about 5-7Knts, visibility was good, sea swell around 0.5m – 1.5m and sea temperature 18.1 degrees in the sound.

 

A comprehensive safety brief was conducted before boarding boats to head out to the Breakwater Lighthouse. The safety canoeists from the Port of Plymouth Canoe Association, safety RIBs and MV Friendship from Horizons Trust and the yacht Emerald Blue belonging to Dave Curno of the Corinthian Yacht Club arrived on station as planned for a 1745 start. Unfortunately, it was delayed by approximately 1 hour due to shipping movements in and out the Sound caused by the earlier poor conditions. As always, the support provided by the organisations mentioned above was very much appreciated and without it the Swim could not take place.

 

Officials were located both afloat and at the finish on Tinside Beach. Medical cover afloat was again provided by Dr Vivek Kulkarni of the ASA and First Aid cover by Mr Gareth Bott from Plymouth RNRM SC. All officials from City of Plymouth ASA Swimming Clubs did great jobs and the event ran smoothly. I’d like to thank everyone that helped, without their support this event could not be run.

 

All 7 swimmers, the majority from Devonport Royal Swimming Club, finished safely, enjoyed the challenge and had super swims. Many commented the water was warmer than last year (9 Sept 17) which it was by about 2 degrees. Results listed above.

 

The presentation was organised by Lesley McCreery and held outside of the Boathouse restaurant with swimmers receiving cups, medals, certificates and goody bags prepared by Sally Davies. These were presented by Paul Russell - The CoP ASA Chairperson. Official photographs were taken by Richard Davies ashore and Zoe Le Blanc afloat

 

Report by Diego Walker - City Of Plymouth Open Water Secretary and organiser.


 

The annual Plymouth breakwater race - 9th Sep 2017

The brave one

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Throughout the day weather conditions were being monitored as there was a possibility the event may have to be cancelled. Luckily as the day went on conditions improved so a decision was made to go ahead with the event. High Tide was at 2051, Sunset at 1945, Wind was from the NW about 5-7Knts, visibility was good, sea swell was smooth in the sound and sea temperature 16.1 degrees, chances of showers was high (experienced one short spell of rain during the race). A double rainbow appeared and many photos were taken - I'd like to say I planned this but unfortunately I can't.

 

The safety brief was conducted outside of the Mayflower Sailing Club building before boarding the boats to head out to the start at the Breakwater Lighthouse. All safety canoes (Port of Plymouth Canoe Association and Barry Moss Plymouth RNRM SC), safety RIBs (Horizon Trust), MV Friendship (Horizons Trust) and Yacht Emerald Blue (Dave Curno's - Corinthian Yacht Club) arrived on station as planned so the race was able to start on time at 1730. The support provided by the various organisations mentioned above was much appreciated and without it the Swim would not take place.

 

Officials were located both afloat and on Tinside Beach with Medical coved afloat being provided by Dr Vivek Kulkarni of the ASA and First Aid cover by Mr Rob Lowe - Plymouth RNRM SC. All officials from the City of Plymouth ASA Swimming Clubs did a great job and the event ran smoothly.

 

Swimmers enjoyed the challenge and all had great swims having to fight against the tide on occasions. Results above.

A presentation was organised by Sally Davies and Lesley McCreery held outside of the Boathouse restaurant with swimmers receiving Cups, medals, certificates and goody bags presented by Esther Rookes - CoP ASA Chairperson. Official photographs were taken by Richard Davies

 

Report by Diego Walker - Hon Open Water Secretary