About the SwimQuest Scilly Swim Challenge

*** PLEASE NOTE: THE ADVERTISED ROUTES ARE OUR IDEAL ROUTES, AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ON THE DAY ***

THE ORIGINAL, ICONIC 15KM STAGED SWIM CHALLENGE BETWEEN THE ISLANDS. 6 SWIMS, 6 WALKS. COMPLETE OVER 1 OR 2 DAYS.

Outstandingly beautiful, remote and unspoilt, the Isles of Scilly are every open water swimmer's dream. Just off the coast of Cornwall, this special place boasts ice-white beaches, Caribbean-like blue waters and picture-perfect harbours and bays. Now in its 6th sell-out year, the Scilly Swim Challenge showcases some of the very best swimming the UK has to offer, offering participants the chance to swim and walk between the islands, safe in the knowledge they will be looked after by a team of open water experts. The combination of swimming in the cold sea with the backdrop of the beautiful islands & changing (often challenging) conditions is an incredible experience.

In 2022, we will be offering the chance to enter either the One-Day Scilly Swim Challenge, or the Two-Day Scilly Swim Challenge. The Scilly 360 will not run in 2022, but we are planning this event for 2023.

OUR APPROACH

The Scilly Swim Challenge event – one of its kind amongst the open water community - has now become part of the SwimQuest family of swimming holidays and inclusive events. After a 7th sell-out year, the Scilly Swim Challenge founders, Nick and Bryony Lishman and Dewi Winkle will be working alongside SwimQuest, to ensure these events continue to run with the same much-admired, friendly and inclusive ethos they have become so well-known for.

The main focus of the Challenge events is on the swim journey as a group, from one island to another, in varied open water conditions. Emphasis is placed on the challenge aspect (i.e. NOT a race), getting everyone around the course with expert safety cover in place.

ONE DAY SCILLY SWIM CHALLENGE (TUESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2022)

An epic, staged 15km swimming journey. The 15km swim is split into 6 swims, with a short walk in between each:

  • St. Mary’s - St Agnes (2.9km)
  • St. Agnes - Samson (4.8km)
  • Samson - Bryher (1km)
  • Bryher - Tresco (600m)
  • Tresco - St. Martin’s (2.3km)
  • St. Martin’s - St Mary’s (2.8km)

Please note, registration for the 1-day challenge will take place on Monday 5th September, and the post-swim party will take place on Wednesday 7th September.

TWO DAY SCILLY SWIM CHALLENGE (SATURDAY 3RD & SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2022)

A slightly more leisurely version of the one-day event, spread across (yes you’ve guessed it) two days!

DAY ONE
  • St. Mary’s - St Agnes (2.9km)
  • St. Agnes - Samson (4.8km)
  • Samson - Bryher (1km)
DAY TWO
  • Bryher - Tresco (600m)
  • Tresco - St. Martin’s (2.3km)
  • St. Martin’s - St Mary’s (2.8km)

Please note, registration for the 2-day challenge will take place on Friday 2nd September, and the post-challenge party will take place on Sunday 4th September.

NB. weather can be unpredictable and we run these events with your safety as the main priority. Although we have always managed to swim, it may be the case that swim itineraries have to be adapted to suit weather conditions. Exact timings and event details will be sent out closer to the event date.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:

  • • Wetsuits and skins welcome (though please be aware you will be swimming in groups and may have to wait for others at times)
  • Sea temperature 14-16oC
  • Walking between islands necessary
  • Entrants will be divided into three speed groups (green - leisurely, orange - moderate, red - fast)
  • Longest swim 6km
  • Shortest swim 600m
  • Maximum participants on the day 350
  • Spectators welcome
  • Race finishers goody / medal included in entry fee (what is it? It’s a surprise!)

HISTORY OF THE CHALLENGE

The Scilly Swim Challenge started in 2014, and was set up by Dewi Winkle (a Yorkshireman), Nick and Bryony Lishman (Scilly natives /Scillonians). SwimQuest have known and worked with Nick and Dewi for many years - with John Coningham-Rolls, Nick and Dewi working together on some of the first swimming holidays in Scilly, back in 2007.

The Scilly Swim Challenge has now become part of SwimQuest’s family of swimming events and holidays. After a 7th sell-out year, both SwimQuest and the team on Scilly are incredibly excited to welcome swimmers again in 2022.

MORE INFORMATION? FAQS?

Visit the SwimQuest website at www.swimquest.uk.com/ssc