We had a beautiful evening for the first open-water race this year: just about the best swimming conditions we get down here in Wittering. The swimmers did really well, especially given the added spice of a surprise cross-shore current on the way out to the first turn buoy. It was great to see one or two really close races: there were just 3 seconds between first and second in both the 12U boys and girls.

Initially the lap distance was roughly 350 m, but we had to move the buoys into deeper water before the start and I'm pretty sure it ended up being more like 400 m.


The results:
Girls 10 and Under: 1 Ella Seacombe (winning time for 1 lap: 11:52); 2 Isla Hill; 3 Amber Haig [DNF: Jasmine Carr]
Boy 10 and Under:1 Ethan Hill (w.t. for 1 lap: 12:35); 2 Charlie Stevenson; 3 James Lake; 4 Rohan Down [DNF: Harry Cruttenden, Aron Viszoki]
Girls 12 and Under: 1 Florence Ingram (w.t. 2 laps 24:23); 2 Daisy Gault
Boys 12 and Under: 1 Mitchell Newell (w.t. 2 laps 16:26); 2 Max Sydenham; 3 Alex Sydenham; 4 William Baker; 5 Joshua Minkey
Girls 15 and Under: 1 Olivia Spink (w.t. 3 laps 20:57); 2 Ailsa Hamilton; 3 Mia Clive; 4= Amelia Redman, Lauren Smith, Iona Hamilton
Boys 15 and Under: 1 George Gibbens (w.t. 3 laps 21:09); 2 Alfie Carr; 3 Sam Wren
Women 16 and Over: 1 Jane West (w.t. 4 laps 29:57); 2 Anne Sydenham; 3 Alison Carr
Men 16 and Over: 1 Paul Mason (w.t. 4 laps 25:07); 2 Adam Long; 3 Darren Swims; 4 Rickard Rossell; 5 Lee Sydenham; 6 Richard Thomas

In a change to last year's scoring, 1st = 5 points toward the series total, 2nd = 4 points, 3rd = 3 points.

13 July 2019 South-east Open Water Championships at Chichester Watersports (see Event website). 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.

OPEN WATER 2018 REPORT - Well done everyone who took part in the open-water races this year: it's been a blast. The final race took place at Northlands Farm: if you missed it, you missed an admittedly chilly treat in beautiful surroundings. It was a really enjoyable change to swim in still water free of currents, tides and waves.

At the end of it all, we have a tie for first place between four swimmers, each getting a surfing lesson as a prize and some goodies from West wittering club. Proving once and for all that girls are significantly tougher than boys, they are:
  • Florence Ingram
  • Lauren Smith
  • Olivia Spink
  • Jane West