Swimming Loch Ness – the celebrations

I ended my last blog on the Loch Ness swim rather unsatisfactorily – there were no pictures of the victorious quartet – indeed it was all rather dark – most people were rather cold and everyone just wanted to to go home! Well to get around this unfortunate situation we all decided to meet up next day on the very beach we had been 18 hours previously to celebrate (this time it was sunny and light).

Swim 14I am a witness to these events – not the director – the credit for ideas behind this series of pictures must go to the swimmers, especially Andrea!

Had it been light and had everyone come ashore together it would have looked something like this

Swim 19Four honorary wild highlanders – quite right too

Swim 16Time for some fizz – well deserved – I had some too! Thank you very much.

 

Swim 17Cheers and look how far it is down the Loch…

Swim 18The swimming caps are thrown into the sky in celebration …. at least I managed to capture one of them.

 

Swim 22Lochend

 I have updated the Flickr account with some more pictures – I am promised more in the future …….

Swimming Loch Ness

Yesterday I was witness to a very impressive achievement. 4 ladies swam the entire length of Loch Ness (23 miles) in a relay without wetsuits! Holy moly I hear you say – indeed! We started the expedition at 5.15am at Fort Augustus and finished just after midnight – over 19 hours of swimming. Water temperature in Loch Ness was around 12 degrees……

The weather started off quite nice but did deteriorate as the afternoon progressed producing some heavy rain and waves on the Loch. I think we might have missed the worst of the English storms but only just. Here are a few photos from the event.

Swim 1The swimmers, boat crews and officiators the day before we plan to go – note blue sky and flat loch

Swim 2The swimmers – Pauline, Andrea, Helan and Caroline – raising money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, the RNLI on Loch Ness and a children’s respite home in Dorset – Julia’s House

Swim 35am on Saturday 19th July – getting ready to go

Swim 45.13am and Caroline is about is start the day off

Swim 5Caroline swimming with one of the three support boats

Swim 86am sun comes over the mountains of the Great Glen and reflects on the loch

Swim 6Hi Mum – hope you have a good day!!

Swim 7A swimmer followed by the convoy

Swim 9As the day progresses the gloom, mist and rain descends

photoHere is the weather map showing what happened next. Not a great day for swimming, watching swimming or photographing swimming!

Swim 11The bay at Lower Foyers

Swim 10A swimmer changeover – Pauline’s finished her hour and Caroline has just started hers.

Swim 13Here is Lochend at 10pm – still 2 hours to go

Swim 12

Andrea’s ashore with hubby Ian and son Ethan.

The photo set can be seen here – will add some pictures in the coming days.

Sorry haven’t got any better pictures of the end – it was dark, late and were standing in the wrong place despite the long wait and it all happened rather quickly. A big thanks to all involved – lots of money raised for charity and it has highlighted a great sport in a fabulous part of the country – fancy giving it a go?