Some of the intrepid local swimmers have started their training campaign, preparing for The Long Course Weekend, Ironman Wales &, in between those two events, THE CALDEY SWIM.
Now with a full entry of 100 swimmers, additional names are being added to a reserve list. The sponsors (Milford Haven Port Authority, Big Brums Carpet & Furniture, Princes Gate Water) have all signed up again. The water & land safety teams & their support craft have been sorted.
So, roll on 14th August ….. is this your #FindYourEpic time?
This year’s swim takes place on Sunday 2nd August, with the swim starting from Caldey at 13.30. Swimmers, please look out the rest of your information from the Swimmers section on this website. Anyone wanting to follow the swim on one of our supporters boats, they will be leaving Tenby’s Castle Beach between 12.40 and 13.00. The swimmers should arrive back at Tenby’s North Beach between about 14.10 and the ‘cut off’ at 15.30.
So, 100 swimmers will take part in the third TSSA Caldey Swim: will you be one of them? Or will you be one of the enthusiastic spectators around Castle Hill or on North Beach welcoming them in? Either way, it’s a very special day for Tenby’s Festival of Summer Sport, which features the Long Course Weekend on 3rd / 5th July and finishes with Ironman Wales on 13th September. The Festival also includes the Tour of Pembrokeshire cycling sportive on 24th April, the Carten 100 cycling event from Cardiff to Tenby on 9th May and the Tenby 10k run on 27th July. A busy summer indeed.
The Caldey Swim raises funds for Tenby’s RNLI and, after the first year with £3,000, last year we contributed £7,000 to the Lifeboat’s financial support. How much this year?
A break in the weather, the sun came out, the winds died down … the swim was ON!
97 swimmers left Priory Beach, Caldey, at 3pm on Sunday 31st August and, well inside the two hour cut off, 95 swimmers (two needed to be taken out of the water) had finished on Tenby’s North Beach. Congratulations all round, to all the smiley swimmers and all those who contributed to organising, sponsoring and supporting the second TSSA organised Caldey Swim. Photos to come ….
This year prizes are going to be awarded to the best swimmers’ fund raising efforts, with first prize a night’s B&B at Fourcroft Hotel, together with a tour of the Tenby Lifeboat House; second prize is Sunday lunch for two at Plantagenet Restaurant; third prize is a voucher to spend at Jago’s. The funds raised are handed over to Tenby’s RNLI and, after last year’s total of £3K, with twice the number of swimmers the target is considerably higher.
After due consideration of tide predictions by all parties, we are pleased to announce the start time of this year’s swim will be ………. 15.00 on Sunday 31st August. For further details of registration, briefing and ferry ride out to Caldey, please click here.
Over 100 swimmers have entered this year’s swim, on Sunday 31st August, so there is a Reserve List. The organisers, Tenby Sea Swimming Association, are delighted the take up has been so popular. Swimmers have been contacted to let them know if they have made the Main List and requested to submit their entry fee of £30. They have also been encouraged to download the individual sponsorship form to raise funding for their efforts; all monies raised will be paid to the charity of the year, Tenby’s RNLI.
This year’s swim is on Sunday 31st August. So, if you think you’re a competent swimmer – and you can prove it – and you’d like to enter the two miles open sea swim from Caldey Island to Tenby, download your entry application form here. Applications are open until 30th April.
TSSA organisers of this year’s Caldey Swim hand over a cheque to Tenby’s Lifeboat Crew. For an initial trial, the sum of £3,000 looks like ‘job well done’. And now a date for next year has been pencilled in: Sunday 20th July.