OPEN WATER Plans are afoot to hold a series of open-water races for the club's swimmers at West Wittering beach.

Tentative dates: race starts around 18:00 on Thursday 7 June, Thursday 21 June, Thursday 5 July and week 10-16 Sept exact date to be confirmed.

For the races to run safely, swimmers will need to be there at least 30 minutes before the start time.

There will be a barbecue afterward, unless it's raining. If the sea's too rough but it's not raining, there will still be a barbecue and we might even be able to go surfing.

Open water event this year:

23 June Arun 3.8k

21 July South-east Open Water Championships at Chichester Watersports (see https://www.southeastswimming.org/open-water-competitions/). This is a great chance to try open-water racing close to home, at a friendly, well-run event. The youngest age allowed is 12 (by the year end, so many 11-year-olds can enter), over a distance of 2k. There are 3k and 5k races for older swimmers and a 3k race for Masters.

29–30 July National Open Water Championships, Sheffield. A lone representative went to this last year and didn't enjoy it despite winning silver, but...

11 August Sandown to Shanklin Pier-to-pier race, Isle of Wight. This one's 18-and-over, so Masters and senior swimmers only.

September: Southsea Pier-to-pier race