This equates to approximately 15 kilometers and with only one tide to complete the 3 laps, it will be made even more difficult by the fact that they will be swimming against a fast incoming and fast outgoing tide for two of the lengths.
- The first length, as the tide comes in, will be tough but the swimmers will be fresh and strong.
- Length two should be relatively quick as the tide will still be incoming as the swimmers return to the Crowstone to complete lap 1.
- Lap 2 hopefully should not cause too much of a problem, as long as the weather is kind.
- Length 5 will be swum with an out-going tide, so although the swimmers will be extremely tired, provided they are on target, they will have the force of nature on their side.
- Length 6 will be THE KILLER. 6 tired, exhausted swimmers will only be able to reach their goal and get back home, by swimming against a strong outgoing tide.
The swimmers will need as much support between laps as they can get so any volunteers willing to wade out and pass some jelly-beans, bananas or go-faster drink would be welcomed.
As the swimmers are doing this challenge to raise money for the RNLI and Essex Search & Rescue, any volunteers willing to walk the beaches with the charity buckets to grab a few donations, would also be gratefully received. Please email Lorraine Rate on firstname.lastname@example.org or catch her at one of the Crowstone Crawls if you are able to offer your support on the day.