Last Sunday saw swimmers take to the water to enjoy the annual Looe Island Swim and excellent event in the sea swimming calendar. Again this year, the event was sold out, demonstrating its popularity with swimmers. The athletes taking part in the open water swim are taken by boat to the nature reserve island, then they swim back to the East Looe Beach. The swim is just over a mile long and raises money for the Chestnut Appeal Foundation. With last year's evening having to be cancelled, due to Covid 19.
Several Looe Pioneers ditched their trainers and got into their wetsuits to take to the water, including Guy Cooper, Jag Wagstaff, Julie Gregory and Mark Deacon took part in the swim.
For any athlete this is a challenge, to swim in one mile in open water and on the day this was in choppy conditions didn't help. However this didn't stop 15 year old local teen Tilly Baker. For Tilly this was her first attempt at this swimming challenge and her efforts paid off. Tilly is an excellent swimmer and she completed the swim in a highly impressive time, just days before she returns to her studies.
Carol Beaver took part in the Fowey swim, where the conditions were flat, however Carol developed cramp during the one mile swim, but continued on without support to complete the swim in 54 minutes.