SOUND OF MULL
SATURDAY, 13 JUNE 2020
This is the fourth time we've organise this swim, and it's still just as exciting as it was in the first year. At a minimum of 2.4km (the tide can make it further), crossing the Sound of Mull will take most swimmers around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Swimmers take the ferry across to Fishnish and then swim back to the Morvern shore. In the past, we've even made the Oban Times (you read the article here).
ABOUT THE SWIM
The distance for this swim is approximately 2.4 Km, although the tide can make it longer. After going on the ferry to Fishnish, the aim is to swim back to the Morven shore. The tide may push you down the peninsula – DO NOT fight it and just keep trying to swim to the finish point at Lochaline. If you hit the shore away from the finishing point, a rib will pick you up. Just remember, if you hit the shore you will have succeeded the crossing!
Please note that, for safety reasons, there are limited spaces availabe for this swim. If you want to book a place, register as soon as possible.
The swim is planned to start at 10.45am. As these are tidal waters, it is critical to be ready to start the swim promptly. However, as exact times for slack water vary according to weather conditions, we will be swimming anytime between plus or minus 30 minutes from the announced time. Final details will be emailed to those who register for the swim.
In addition, for safety reasons, this year we are asking that swimmers be able to do at least 30 minutes per km, which means this may not be suitable for beginners or slow swimmers. For the safety of all swimmers, those that fail to reach this point within the allocated time may be pulled out of the water.
After registration, you need to be prepared for a 10 minute walk from the Lochaline hotel car park back to the ferry car park. If you miss the ferry, you will not be able to do the swim as the following ferry will be too late. Unfortunately Calmac cannot waiver ferry fee this time and you will need to pay for the ticket - please pay when you register for the swim, and a team member will purchase all the tickets.
There is no minimum age, but swimmers under 16 need a parent present. The parent does not need to do the swim, but must be present throughout the event.
All registrations for swims must be done online. Usually, registrations close one week before each event, but may be sooner for popular events. If you would like a reminder, simply join our mailing list and we’ll send you an email a few days before the deadline.
As a charity, we try to keep our registrations fees as low as possible to ensure everybody can attend our events. This year, our registration fee will be £10 for this swim, which will be automatically added to your total when you register. If you register for more than one swim, you will have £10 added to the total for each swim you want to do.
This money covers for all our expenses during the year, including public liability insurance, fuel for the boat and the maintenance of this website. Volunteers and trustees do not get paid anything. Please watch the video to find out where your money goes.
SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE
After 3 years of raising money towards Children with Cancer UK, this is the second year we support The Brain Tumour Charity. This has become a charity close to our hearts, as Ally Connolly, a former trustee, is currently fighting a brain tumour.
The Brain Tumour Charity is the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally. Committed to saving and improving lives, they’re moving further, faster to help every single person affected by a brain tumour. Their aim is to find new treatments, offering the highest level of support and driving urgent change. Why not find out more about what they do?
KEEPING YOU SAFE
For every event, we have an exceptional safety team accompanying the swimmers throughout the swim. This will include several kayaks and at least one safety boat with dry robes on board in case swimmers need to be pulled out of the water. In addition, we have a defibrillator ready to use and, whenever possible, the support of a local nurse.
All these details, as well as any risks particular to this swim will be highlighted during the safety brief held about 20 minutes before the start of the swim. It’s important that all swimmers make time to listen to the brief. You can read more about possible risks and what we do to minimise them here
We believe tow-floats help our safety team follow swimmers in the water, improving visibility to others and support should swimmers need to rest or require assistance. This means all participants need to have a tow-float. It can pink, if you want! In addition, it can be a place to carry some of your personal belongings, as some tow-floats include a small dry area.
WETSUITS OR SKINS
Participants can swim in a wetsuit or in skins. It’s up to each individual swimmer to decide how they want to do the swim. At registration, we ask if you’re wearing a wetsuit or swimming in skins just to know numbers and assess any changes we may need to do to our cover to ensure the safety of all swimmers.
WARM-UP AFTER THE SWIM
To help you warm-up after the swim, we have a delicious choice of homemade soups, as well as tea/coffees. Soups are usually vegetarian, but ask before you chose. Don’t be in a rush to leave, and stay for a bowl of soup and a chat – we also run a raffle after the swim, so you may find you even win a prize. Prizes include swimming equipment, or Highland Open Water Swim stuff from our shop. Don’t forget to ask for your raffle tickets!
TRAVEL AND PARKING
Follow the A82 until Corran, and then take the A861 for the ferry. On the Ardgour side, turn left and follow A861 until Strontian. Just before Strontian, turn left onto the A884 and follow until Lochaline. Registration and parking area is located across The Lochaline Hotel (past the turn for the ferry). Please do NOT park on the ferry slip. Upon arrival a member of our team will direct you to a parking space.
We welcome swimmers with disabilities. Feel free to talk to us about your needs – contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to registration and we will accommodate you based on your needs.
Please , if you have any concerns about your ability to take part in this event seek doctor’s advice before taking part and declare anything which our safety team would need to be aware.
From kayakers to soup-makers, our events are run by a (very!) small army of dedicated volunteers, who offer their time and expertise to keep everybody safe and happy during the swim. We are always looking for help, and if you would like to join the team (even if it’s for just one event), please contact Alex at email@example.com Volunteers receive no payment, but can get as many cups of coffee as they want! We are grateful for any help, as these events would not happen without your support.
SOMETHING WE MISSED?
If you still have any questions, please contact Alex on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll reply as soon as we can. You can also keep in touch via our Facebook page or sign up for our mailing list.