Swimmers Brave Chilly Harbour Water

Islanders braved the 11-degree sea temperature yesterday to take part in the Christmas Eve swim across the harbour.

The Scilly Sea Swimmers group arranged the 700-metre challenge, crossing from the steps by Mincarlo across to the Old Quay.

Three of the islands police team took part too.

Sergeant Colin Taylor said he had been preparing for the paddle with “a cold shower.” He found the chilly swim “exhilarating and fun” and he would do it again but probably next year.

PCs Marc Blyth and Mat Collier joined him.

One of the organisers, Ruth Nicholls, said her experience was “fab” and it was more fun than she thought it was going to be.

Seasoned swimmer Nick Lishman tackled the challenge without a wetsuit and said “you get used to the cold the more you do it.”

His wife Bryony echoed that sentiment and emerged from her 20-minute immersion smiling.

Nick Lishman said sea swimming is growing in popularity not just here but also upcountry.

The Seatrek swimming holidays have brought people to the islands for the last 8 years and the local sea swimmers group intend to arrange more events.

The next will be on Boxing Day and New Years Day.

You can follow their progress here