The Caldey Swim 2017

After the disappointent of the initial swim on 6th August being postponed, it was with some relief that the swim took place on 20th August. Disappointment, too, for the 31 swimmers who couldn’t make the backup date, but this was a little offset by the 15 new swimmers who ‘swam into the breach’.

Conditions were more challenging than the ‘mill pond’ of last year, but thankfully only one swimmer had to be pulled from the water. And the lifeboats past & present cavalcade was a mood enhancing backdrop to the event. Some photos for you below and here is a little video, taken by one of the kayakers, which is also mood reflective.

So, thanks to the sponsors, the safety crews, the RNLI, Coastguard and Tenby Surflink and Sailing Club personnel and all the organising committee for another Caldey Swim completed.




Caldey Swim 2017 is on!

After the disappointment of two weeks ago, when the swim had to be postponed because of high gusting winds, today’s ‘ second bite of the cherry’ succeeds. The swim is on!

For swimmers a relief that they can now use that adrenalin for a purpose.

And if you’re around Tenby today, between 11.30 and 2pm, why not come over to the South Beach, Castle Hill or the finish between the harbour pier and the old lifeboat house to lend your support.

This event is no mean achievement, so the best of luck to the swimmers!

2017 Swim – 20th August

This Sunday, 20th August, starting from Caldey Island at 11am, we try again! Hoping for better weather conditions than the original date.

The Caldey Island ferry boats with swimmers on board will leave Tenby’s Castle Beach at 10am. The swimmers are due in by 1pm. Finish line, with flags, bananas, spring water and medals – for the swimmers – will be between the harbour pier & old lifeboat house, at the southern end of North Beach.

If you’re not swimming, why not come to see them home – first swimmer due in about 11.40.

Swim Postponed

Apologies to all, but we have had to postpone today’s swim.

SW Winds of up to average 20mph coming in later this morning, gusting up to 27mph which equates to Force 6. Safety of swimmers is our paramount responsibility and it would be too risky, in the our considered opinion.

Replacement date is in two weeks’ time, Sunday 20th August, with the swim starting from Caldey at 11am. So all timings half an hour earlier – we have adjusted them in the event timings elsewhere on this site .

Please contact the organisers if you are unable to participate on the new date.

2017 Swim – 6th August

Sunday 6th August it is!

The swim will start at 11.30 from Priory Beach, Caldey, so swimmers’ boats will leave at 10.30. Registration on the day from 09.15. Online entry applications NOW available here:

The Caldey Swim 2016

In 2015 the annual Caldey Swim – from Priory Beach, Caldey, to Tenby harbour – was cancelled because of unfavourable conditions – an easterly wind and choppy water, so there was even more expectation attached to this year’s swim.

Come the morning of Sunday 14th August 2016, the conditions were nigh on perfect – a southerly wind of only 4mph to follow the swimmers along the largest section of the swim, parallel to Tenby’s South Beach, and warm, but cloudy skies, so not too hot.

The swimmers left on the boats taking them across to the island from the town’s Castle Beach just after 9.45,


most looking happy, some concerned – nerves were playing a part and quite rightly: this is no ordinary swim, it is across the straits running between Caldey Island and Tenby, where the rip can take a person to Pendine instead if you start in the wrong direction and the tides haven’t been carefully considered. It is never a straight line swim!

No local triathlete Oli Simon to lead the swimmers home this year – he was being a Dublin Ironman – so the normal 42-ish minutes to complete the challenge was only a guide. Indeed, the first finisher, Andrew Wallace, came home in 53 minutes, shortly followed by two others. So no record here.Caldey Swim 2016 - first home

However, the two hours cut off has previously been a tight call for the last to finish, but not this year: all 94 completed the course within 90 minutes. And after some recovery time with a banana and a bottle of water, all were smiling cheerfully, with their newly won medals, amongst the large throng of family and friends gathered at the finishing line.

The organisers, Tenby Sea Swimming Association, breathed a joint sigh of relief; the swim had taken place; all the swimmers had returned safely; there had been no hitches in the safety systems set up to protect the swimmers and myriad craft operators involved. Everyone was now smiling, a job well done.

Now to collect the monies, pay the bills and hand over the balance to Tenby RNLI, the beneficiary of the Swim.