Gunning for Em’s swim challenge
Despite choppy seas, weather upsets, gunfire, and jellyfish, swimmer Emily Hinshelwood gives a welcome update on her charity swim having made good progress. Doing a long and challenging charity swim, battling wind, dodgy currents and rain, writing a blog along the way, finding time to eat and attempting to keep Swansea News Network informed on progress is no mean feat. Well done to Emily on progress so far!
Raising money for young asylum seekers
Emily is raising money for young asylum seekers in Swansea through Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group and Unity in Diversity. She’s also doing the swim in memory of her friends Rache and Russ who in her words…
– were committed to nurturing young people especially those who’ve experienced difficulties.”
Swim progress on this leg so far
On her current progress she told us:
We’ve reached Lydstep – about two thirds of the way, and the weather has turned bad again. We’ve had a few great days swimming, Dan has caught mackerel, pollock and mullet which have been very tasty.een some incredible scenery, rock formations, caves, cormorants, oyster catchers and lots of different kinds of jellyfish. I have got better at reading the tides, so we’ve had a couple of good days where the tide has helped us along. Joined by Ellie Thomas, a seasoned open water swimmer, for the longest stretch: Penally to Lydstep, past the military zone.”
Swim from Amroth to Freshwater East
Emily is swimming from Amroth to Freshwater East and back to Swanlake Bay. Although there is no absolute schedule due to the unpredictable weather conditions, there are certain bays she will be getting access to the water from hence she is doing the whole swim in steps. Judging from her blog she has become an expert at identifying jellyfish and spotted lots of wildlife too.
After waiting for calmer waters and better weather Emily successfully navigated the difficult headland at Monkstone heading out to Tenby. With the more calm weather, she sped through the hole in St Catherine’s Island at Tenby bound towards Penally.
Guns and mackerel dinners
The gunfire at Penally artillery range proved to be an unwanted delay. The military activity had not shown up on the relevant website though thankfully the warning red flag was flying at Penally. This predicament gave a somewhat timely opportunity to stop and rest until the firing was over. More swimming the next day led towards a welcome “conveyor belt” lowering tide to carry Emily and Ellie through to Lydstep and a tasty mackerel dinner.
Read Em’s Swim Blog
Emily has written some fascinating blog posts about her journey so far. You can read them here: Jellyfish Jemboree in support of asylum seekers in Swansea.
If you would like to sponsor Emily on her challenge: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/emilyhinshelwood
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