The sun shone and the sea glistened on Sunday 31st August as 100 swimmers walked the planks in the annual Caldey Island – Tenby Open Water swim.
The swim from Caldey is 2.5 miles long and no leisurely undertaking, both mentally and physically – Tenby looks even further away when you know you have to swim it!
The majority of the swimmers in the water this weekend have been in training for 9-months, with the Caldey swim offering one last practice run before the Ironman Wales event on the 14th September.
Swimming alongside them were seasoned sea swimmers and first timers of all ages, from all over Wales, who’ve been training for months to challenge themselves with this epic swim.
An impressive armada of safety boats accompanied the swimmers back to shore, with the RNLI, kayakers, surf-lifeguards and Caldey boatmen all turning out to make sure the event swam smoothly.
Local swimmer Steve White managed to give the supporters boat a wave, where his son and wife joined husbands, mothers, fathers and friends who were all on the water to cheer their swimmers on.
As a spectator it's difficult to spot your swimmer from the boat or shore, with a hundred swimmers quickly being engulfed by the sea. The occasional yellow hat or black arm and a splash the only indication that there’s anyone in the water.
Much easier to spot were the final lengths, where a large crowd looked on from Castle Hill and formed an avenue of cheer’s up Tenby North Beach to welcome swimmers back to shore.
A beautiful day, a beautifully organised event and a fantastic achievement for all who took part – well done you!
Roll on Ironman Wales.
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