Dewi Winkle (a Yorkshireman) and Nick Lishman (a Scilly native/Scillonian) joined forces after meeting whilst swim guiding in Scilly. Dewi is also a Triathlon Coach & Wattbike instructor in Ripon; Nick is a keen trail runner & kayaker who also loves mountain-biking and micro-adventures.
The Scilly Swim Challenge started in 2014 - we wanted to show off the stunning Isles of Scilly and the fantastic and varied island-to-island swimming on offer, so the formidable one day event was born!
With the addition of a two-day option in 2016 and a Spring event in 2017 we have now hosted ten swim events bringing over 1000 swimmers to the islands. The combination of swimming in the cold sea with the backdrop of the beautiful islands & changing (often challenging) conditions provides an incredible experience for people. We have sought to tweak things year on year as we endeavour to provide top class events that cater for those wishing to take on a big physical &/or mental swimming challenge.
So - to break it down bit, here’s what we offer…
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.
We are excited to launch our inaugural swim race, Scilly 360 - a testing circumnavigation of St Mary’s in four stages, the faster you swim the longer you have to recover each leg! Solo entries or teams of 2/3/4.
More detailed info can be found on the event pages.