Beaujolais, Sea Beards and Swimming. The EDOWSC Seahorse Swim 2015

I love the sea and I love horses, so the Seahorse Swim sounded perfect to me.

A choice of 3.8k or 2k, wetsuit or non; the event is run by the East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club at the beautiful Knoll Beach in Dorset.

Old Harry Rocks. The View from Mid Beach, Studland

Old Harry Rocks. The View from Mid Beach, Studland

It was a great excuse to escape London for the weekend and in light of the beautiful weather, I made a last minute decision to dash down to Dorset on the Friday night with just some M&S nibbles a bottle of Beaujolais and my tent for survival.

View from my tent!

Friday night view from my tent!

I made it just in time to watch the sun go down and drank just enough Beaujolais to really enjoy the incredible thunderstorm that passed wildly over us during the night.

Beaujoulais and a brew. Extreme endurance open water swimming at its best.

Beaujolais and a brew. Always be prepared

The Acton Field campsite at Langton Mantravers was home: one field, one toilet block (including 20p hot showers): Simple, lovely and a great base for the swim and to explore the surrounding area.

The night before the swim a growing number of swimmers appeared at the campsite. Whilst clearly we’re all spiritually aligned and could identify one another telepathically, it did help that one of my neighbours had a hoodie, which stated ‘Open Water Swimmer’ on the back. Thanks for the cuppa and the lovely chat!

People had already told me this, but I will confirm it again now. The Seahorse swim is lovely. Friendly, well organized and low key. Funds raised from the swim go towards the wonderful East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club, The National Trust (Knoll Beach is an NT site); The Seahorse Trust and the local RLSS.

The Start. Credit David Beater Photography

The Start. Credit David Beater Photography

The Sunday sea was still and the sky a little overcast, but gradually the sun broke through and the wind picked up, making the second lap of the 3.8k course a natural mini roller coaster in the waves – wonderful!

I emerged from the sea with seaweed still attached and a stylish sea beard – The mark of a good swim.

EDOWSC 3.8k Seahorse Swim finished, complete with seaweed and sea beard!

EDOWSC 3.8k Seahorse Swim finished, complete with seaweed and sea beard!

A prize giving and picnics were then enjoyed at the finish.

Thank you EDOWSC. A brilliant swim and I look forward to exploring more of the South West Coast soon.

The Seahorse Swim!

EDOWSC Seahorse Swim!

芙蓉出水 (fúróng chūshuǐ) Out of the Water a Lotus Rises.

By Alice Gartland

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