The event is organised by West Wight Sports Centre as a fund raiser for it’s own charity, but 19 other charities are also being supported by the swimmers.Each swimmer has a target of £250 to raise but many have already exceeded this – organisers are optimistic that the swim will raise £25,000 in total.
Swimmers will set off Yarmouth in ribs and 7 in the morning and are transported across to Hurst where they will start the swim at 0740. Fastest swimmers will reach Colwell around 0815.
Swimmers are supported by a team of kayakers – 46 in total, together with a small fleet of safety and support boats and two of Freshwater’s Lifeboats. It’s set to be a spectacular sight and an emotions will be running high when the swimmers come ashore.