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Crossing the Maelstrom!

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Paul Freeman

One of the UK's most iconic open water swims across the fabled Corryvreckan, the third biggest whirlpool in the world.

Raising money for
Scottish Burned Children's Club

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Fabienne Thompson, Jenny Waring, Andrea Gellan and Paul Freeman will attempt to swim across the Gulf during slack tide when the whirlpool is dormant, finishing under the imposing 400-foot cliffs of Scarba.

We hope to raise money for the Scottish Burned Children’s Club, an organisation that provides a network of support to burn survivor children [under the age of 18] and their families dealing with the life long scars of burn and scald injuries.

Please note all donations are non-refundable, and the swim may have to be postponed due to the weather/ sea conditions on the day. If so, we will return to attempt it at a later date.

All costs for the Swim are being paid for by the swimmers themselves. This includes support boat, travel and accommodation costs.

photos from Swimtrek

Event details

Corryvreckan Swim, 9th August 2017

The Gulf of Corryvreckan  is a narrow strait between the islands of Jura and Scarba, in Argyll and Bute, off the west coast of mainland Scotland.

The Corryvreckan is the third largest whirlpool in the world, and is on the northern side of the gulf. 

Strong Atlantic currents and unusual underwater topography conspire to produce a particularly intense tidal race in the Corryvreckan channel. As the flood tide enters the narrow area between the two islands it speeds up to 8.5 knots (≈16 km/h,≈10 mph) and meets a variety of seabed features including a deep hole and a rising pinnacle.

These features combine to create whirlpools, standing waves and a variety of other surface effects.  Flood tides and inflow from the Firth of Lorne to the west can drive the waters of Corryvreckan to waves of more than 30 feet (9 m), and the roar of the resulting maelstrom can be heard ten miles (16 km) away.

At slack tide, there is a limited period of time in which it is possible to swim across the Gulf from Jura to Scarba, before the tidal race begins.

Event date

09-August-2017 00:00  - 
09-August-2017 00:00

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Event is completed


Donation by Marjorie Snaith
on 29-08-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Well done Paul!x
Donation by Sally Kerr
on 16-08-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Nice One Freebird, looks epic!!!
Donation by Alan Soutar
on 16-08-2017
£5.00 gift aid
It's a win-win situation: we swim and some unfortunate children benefit. Perfect plan, no excuse.
Donation by FT
on 14-08-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Well done Paul, Joan.
Donation by Joan Knox
on 14-08-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Well done on your swim
Donation by Chris steele
on 11-08-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Looks like an amazing swim, very jealous and great charity too - all the best!
Donation by Catherine
on 06-08-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Good luck Paul, you must be crazy but super proud of you for giving it a go! X
Donation by Emma Walters
on 01-08-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck Paul. Sybil and alan Murdoch
Donation by Anonymous
on 30-07-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck Paul from Helen R
Donation by Anonymous
on 27-07-2017
£0.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £280.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £280.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £333.75

Donations closed

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