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Bristol Channel
July 2022

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The Bristol Channel unlike the English Channel has only been swum 20 times overall, and the Ilfracombe to Swansea crossing only by 4 individuals and one relay (in wetsuits),  the first swim being 1927.  Henley Mermaids will be the first all-female team and first relay team to be swimming skins (in costumes, no wetsuit, abiding by channel swimming rules) to swim across to Swansea.  There are 3 distance options for crossing. 

Shortest route:  Weston Super Mare to Penarth 16k 

Middle: Glenthorne to Porthcawl  27k.  

Longest: Ilfracombe to Swansea 40kThe Bristol Channel has the second highest tidal range in the world, with 50ft variance in tides complicated by scattered headlands and islands, swimmers often battle strong currents. 

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Mission

On 22nd July 2021 Henley Mermaids made an attempt to become the first female team to swim across the Bristol Channel. Having swum 61kms, and just 4km from completion the tide changed, threatening safety, and the challenge was aborted.On 12th September, there was a gap in the wind and weather - Mermaids were ready to go, only for a storm to blow in and scupper their chances - aborted before they even arrived in Swansea.2021 escaped, and the Mermaids will now take on the Bristol Channel in 2022, along with the North Channel - a massive year of swims ahead!

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