12/06/2016 by Carl Reynolds
Pauline Barker, the doyenne of wild swimming in Plymouth parts, has been organising a swim across the Tamar (the boundary of Cornwall and England…although the Celts of Devon may disagree!), of a short half mile from one side to the other and back. Cornwall to Devon. The swim raises money for Aspire (the spinal cord injury charity), £1200 this year, and is part of Saltash Regatta. Thanks Pauline and associated volunteers (Police, kayakers, starters, admin etc etc) for making it easy to take part and enjoy it.
As Pauline said, it’s not a race, so I decided to take it easy, went in at the back, absorbed the majesty of IK Brunel’s Bridge and the Tamar Estuary. I stopped, did backstroke, sidestroke and a little fly to appease the Bridge Troll. Lovely to see a crowd of happy swimmers, meet people I don’t see too often, and have a great coffee in from the rain at Just Be Cafe.
And back to the Red Arrows over Torbay.
Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside.