YH staff member Amanda Lee is leading a team of open water swimmers (juniors and seniors) in an attempt to set a new world record to swim the 44 miles of the North Yorkshire Coast (44 miles) this Saturday and Sunday the 16th and 17th. The team are all members of Kingfishers Swimming Club’s Open water squad.
We will set off from Whitby harbour at 7.15am on Saturday morning and drop the first swimmer in at Staithes for approx. 8.15am then swim in 1 hour relay formation for as long as we can until the tide turns on us (probably around 8pm) then we start again on Sunday morning at 8.30 and pick up from where we stopped and finish at Speeton sometime on sunday afternoon/evening. The swimmers will have to battle the weather and sea conditions, cold and also the massive amounts of jellyfish that are on our coast at the moment (some as big as Wheelie Bins!!). This and I suffer from sea sickness!!! We will be accompanied by fishing boats and kayaks as safety cover. Wish us luck and yes we are all mental!!
You will be glad to know that the Kingfishers Open Water team set a new world record (to be ratified by Guiness) of 16hrs 9mins and 34 secs on the North Yorkshire Coast swim this weekend. The weather on Saturday was grim to say the least but they plowed through and one lucky swimmer even got accompanied by a pod of dophins! An amazing if exhausting experience for 3 x 16 yrs olds, 1 x 17 year old and two slight more mature ladies who not only set a new world record but also a new female only world record!!