Arran to Troon Swim Sept 2016
Arran to Troon Swim
13 people swimming the 16 miles from Arran to Troon in Ayrshire, in two relay teams, on 1st October 2016. Many of them without a wetsuit.
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ArranTrooNautics is a group of 13 members, listed below, swimming from Arran to Troon, on 1st Oct 2016. Our motivations are varied, as is our previous swimming experience but we've all trained very hard to get to a point where our coach is confident that we can make the 16 mile crossing, swimming in 2 groups of 6/7 people each. Some of us will be in wetsuits, many of us will not. We range in age from 20s to one in her 60s, the rest somewhere in between.
Our team members are: Annie Howie, Alice Vernon, Barbara Johnston, Bea Bound, Caoimhe Hunter Blair, Joanna Clapton, Katherine Self, Lorna Laidlaw, Lucy Johnston, Mark Johnston, Rhona Quarm, Vanessa Lawrence and Whirly Marshall
We're raising money for two causes, the RNLI & the Jo Walters Trust (a small Troon-based charity that will use some of the money raised to support sporting projects for local kids in Ayrshire).
A relay swim, in two teams, from Arran to Troon.
The distance from Arran to Troon may not seem all that far - Goatfell and the other mountains on Arran are visible from the Ayrshire coast most of the time - but when you're swimming it feels quite a long way!
For most of the group, open water swimming with any sort of goal in mind is brand new, but we've all come to enjoy it very much, once we get over the cold! We've trained together, and individually, in a variety of ways, including swimming a combined 16 miles in the pool for Sport Relief, and doing a 1 mile swimming competition in Loch Ken (two of us even won a prize!).
The challenge started when Annie heard about a group rowing from Arran to Ayr in 2015 and thought she'd like to swim it. A team came together and we're now faced with the prospect of actually doing it! We'll have support boats to warm up on between swims and kayakers will stay with the swimmers. Each swimmer will swim for an hour and then be replaced by the next swimmer. We hope it'll take around 12 hours.