At around 20.00 hrs yesterday evening, Jess and her dog Otley made their way down to Westcombe beach for a dip, with me, Alice, official observer from the swim blog for women who love open water – A Lotus Rises.
Some people may think this was just two friends and a dog going for an evening swim and picnic amongst the Monet like cliffs of the Devon coast, but no…
Otley and the picnic were secured beach side, and we ventured out into the cool sea. Jess pirouetting on the sea covered rocks that she knows so well (this is her local swimming pool).
Ahead lay the Rock with no name, of which there are no official records of a circumnavigation… we estimated the swim to be about 10m in distance and best approached with a mixture of head up breast stroke and doggie paddle…
This breath taking footage captures this world first in wild swimming…
And this – doggie paddle to the finish…and diving off the island in celebration – Well done Jess – Epic swimming times!
Then we headed back to the beach for a crudette avec dip supper, and a petit vino, whilst wrapped up in warm jackets and woolly hats, before walking barefoot and muddy back home.
Jess TB circumnavigation of the Rock with No Name: Time – ooh about 5 mins; distance about 10m; giggles – we lost count. Official observers: Alice and Otley.
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