Welcome to 30 Bays in 30 Days
NEWS – CLOSING GROUP SWIM
When we launched the event we were still social distancing so it only felt right that at that stage not too hold a group swim to start and close the event but now that plans for an exit from lockdown are rapidly evolving and we have had over 80 days without any active cases we have revisited that decision. This will obviously be dependent on the fact that no new cases are identified between now and the day of the swim so we will be closely monitoring the testing results with a view to keeping everyone updated.
Thursday 30th July 2020, 6.30pm Cobo Bay
We are expecting the area to be very busy so please make every effort to walk, cycle or bus to and from the swim. We look forward to seeing you there!
Once you have registered for the event you will receive a pack in the post with all of the information about the event. This will be sent out in the week leading up to the 1st July so that we can ensure that the guidance regarding social distancing is as up-to-date as possible. For the first time, we will also be providing a beautifully designed map for the 30baysin30days event by the talented local illustrator Caroline Cummins of the Little Paper Gallery (www.littlepapergallery.com) that you can have up to tick off the bays as you swim them! We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of Rocq Capital in making it possible for us to provide these registration packs.
What is the event?
A chance to make the most of your Summer in Guernsey (especially if you would normally be travelling off-island when the schools break up) by swimming at least 30 strokes in 30 bays around the island during the month of July. You do not have to swim every day if you don't want to so you can bank the swims on weekends when you may have more time and you can choose to swim the bays on the list in whichever order, whenever you like. The event provides the perfect opportunity to discover new places on the island that you've never been to before and if you've taken part before we guarantee that each swim will be different depending on tide, weather, time of day or who you're swimming with.
Registration fee is:
£35 for a family
£15 for an adult
£5 for a child (U18)
Team option - all you need to do is register as individuals then you can complete the challenge of ticking the 30 bays off between you in whichever way works best for you. For some it may mean that a core of the team swims in every bay and is occasionally joined by the other members, or, it could be that you split the bays between you. You choose. This is designed to be completely flexible for those that don't have the time to complete the whole challenge individually.
Alternatively, we also run the smaller 9baysin30days version which is designed for younger families, those with less time or perhaps anyone who would like to try it out but would find the full 30 too much of a challenge.
Our volunteers will be busy putting together a registration pack that will include key information about the event and either a map and sticker set for the 9baysin30days event (kindly designed by local artist Ginny Morgan) or a new map for the 30baysin30days event (kindly designed by local illustrator Caroline Cummins of the Little Paper Gallery). We hope that these will provide you with a useful tick list to keep track of your swims and we are very grateful to the support of our sponsor Rocq Capital and Guernsey Post in being able to get these sent out.
30 Bays in 30 Days Map
This year Caroline Cummins from the 'Little Paper Gallery' has done a map that will be sent out with with your registration pack 🙂
Proud to be supporting Plastic Free Guernsey
This year we are again proud to be supporting Plastic Free Guernsey in their fight to reduce the use of single use plastics and plastic pollution on the island so are offering the Beach Clean option as part of the 30baysin30days event.
We are back to 30! With the transition into phase 5 of lockdown we are able to add the four cliff based bays back on the list. If you signed up to the event on the basis that you wouldn’t have to do them then don’t worry, you can still choose the ones you want to do and make up the numbers in Herm or with duplicate swims in your favourite bays (ideally at a different time of day or state of tide to experience it in a new way). If, however, you are up for the challenge of all 30 then we hope that you discover some new favourites!
Grandes Rocques (Saline Bay)
Baie de Port Grat
Le Grand Havre
Baie de la Jaonneuse
Havelet Bay (not the bathing pools)
Petit Bot Bay
Crocq Bay (behind Fort Richmond and accessed via the slipway)
OPTION FOR THOSE WITH A DISABILITY OR HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES - we are lucky to have so many amazing places to swim off Guernsey but some of them present a challenge to get to. If you would like to get involved but think that you will be unable to swim at every bay on the list please still sign up then choose which bays work for you & complete 30 swims at those to complete the challenge.
WHERE ARE THEY?
“We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors Rocq Capital for introducing us to the brilliant team at digimap who have worked hard to create this link that you can access on your phones while out and about or on your laptop at home to plan which bays you are going to tick off when (or to help you find them if you get a little lost – we know that some of them are hidden gems!). There is also a photo of the beach and information about amenities such as parking, toilets, kiosks.”
Click to view the 30 Bays on Digi Map
FAMILY EVENT 9baysin30days
The 9baysin30days event was established as an easier and less time consuming version of the 30baysin30days event. Initially designed for those with younger families it includes those bays which are easy to access and have amenities such as toilets and a kiosk close by but it could equally be ideal for those short on time or new to the event. A free map with stickers of pirates, mermaids and beach scenes, all beautifully illustrated by talented local artist Ginny Morgan will be posted out with your registration pack (and extra copies can also be purchased if sharing is not an option!).
Registration fee is:
£25 for a family
£15 for an adult
£5 for a child (U18)
WHEN IS BEST TO SWIM WHERE?
Some of the bays are equally enjoyable to swim at any time of day but others definitely have an optimum tide to experience it at its best. The authors of the Guernsey Beach Guide have done the hard work for you by providing a brilliant book that summarises this and lots more information such as facilities and a detailed description of the beach itself.
We are very, very grateful to Adam Bayfield, Gordon MacRae and Tony Curr who have been donating a percentage sales of this book to the Hospice. Copies can be purchased from the Lexicon or the Guernsey Beach guide team through their social media pages. Information on tides for July 2020 can be found on this website under the Beach safety and Tidetable section (reproduced with kind permission of Paul Wiggins).
Please help us in supporting the Plastic Free Guernsey charity in their fight to reduce plastic pollution on the island (especially on our beautiful beaches).
An option for those of you who don't venture into the sea, or for you to get involved with as you complete the swim challenge. This is designed to be as flexible as you need it to be so you can visit all 30 bays on the list or choose your favourite beaches to visit on 30 occasions anytime between 1st to 30th July.
Register for the beach clean and you will receive a free bag to collect any litter in that has been very kindly supported by yakwax (www.yakwax.com) which will be posted out with your registration pack.
Where your money will go
A very big reason for me setting up this event is because our Mum was in the Hospice prior to its redevelopment then last Summer a close family member was also cared for by them. Having seen and experienced first-hand the incredible facilities, care and support that they provide to patients and their families it reinforced how invaluable Les Bourgs is.
The Hospice and its facilities are available to everyone within the Bailiwick at no charge (the only fee is for any doctors visits required during a stay). The bottom line is it is independent and received no states funding at all. All the money raised is through the Friends of Les Bourgs and by generous donations from the Public of Guernsey.
To give you a bit of background the Hospice was founded in 1990 by Greville Mitchell OBE and Lisa Mitchell who purchased a property and converted it into the old hospice which opened in 1991. This underwent redevelopment to bring it up to a high standard for nursing care and was officially re-opened in July 2012 by HRH Prince Charles and has since been given Royal Patronage.
So to the money….it costs a whopping £1,400,000 each year to keep the building, services and facility running, including staff costs.
The Les Bourgs Hospice Shop at Mont Arrive and the Shop on the Bridge raise a huge sum of money each year – almost a quarter of the running costs can be raised from these outlets each year. Costs of the Hospice are kept to a minimum by using a team of fantastic volunteers who offer services such as reception cover, meal preparation, gardening to name just a few, for free but that still leaves a shortfall of over £1m each year to be raised through donations, fundraising events etc.
Please, please encourage as many people to sponsor you and remember that any donation, big or small really will make a big difference;
£10 will buy a meal for a day
£50 will pay for a nurse for the day
£100 will pay the electricity bill for the day.
If you would like to know more about how you can support the Hospice on a more regular basis please visit their website www.lesbourgshospice.org.gg
- Raises money for a cause that touches the lives of lots of islanders
- A fun and different way of making the most of living on this amazing little rock of ours
- Feeling of having achieved something in the Summer rather than it just flying by.
- Visiting new places you’ve never been to before or haven’t visited for years
- Sea swimming makes you feel alive and loving life!
- The challenge runs between 1st and 30th July and it would really help in the organisation of the event if you could register as soon as possible and ideally by 30th June (see the How? section for details).
- Swim before work, lunchtimes, daytime, after work, before a picnic tea, by moonlight…….basically anytime you can fit it in. Be organised with your swim stuff in a bag or your car and within the time it would have taken you to make and drink a cuppa you will have ticked another one off the list.
- We guarantee every swim will be different depending on tides, weather, who you’re with, time of day……the list goes on, so even if you did it last year what are you waiting for? Go get signed up!
To register for this event click the button below to go to the Les Bourgs Hospice website and choose either 30baysin30days 2020 or 9baysin30days 2020 from the “Select Event” bar.
The Serious Bit
Enjoy and please spread the good word!
Guernsey Community Foundation
30 Bays in 30 Days was shortlisted for the ‘The Community Awards 2014’
If you have any queries or feedback on the event please do not hesitate
to get in contact;
Telephone or text: 07781 122914
Address: 3 Bon Air, Route de Carteret, Castel, GY5 7YS
BEACH SAFETY & TIDETABLE
Beach Restrictions For Dogs
1st May – 30th September Closed to dog walkers From the 1st May to 30th September inclusive dogs are not allowed on seven Guernsey beaches; Fermain, Petit Bot, L’Erée, Vazon, Cobo, Port Soif, L’Ancresse/Pembroke. Herm’s Shell Beach, Belvoir Bay, Fisherman’s Beach, and the area of beach in front of the White House Hotel to the Herm Harbour Jetty are also out of bounds to dogs.
Dealing with a Weaver Fish sting
Weaver Fish are normally found around the low tide mark. These small fish raise sharp spine needles on their backs in self-defence if trodden on and these can be extremely painful. Place the affected area in water as hot as you can stand. Test the water first so as not to scald the person who has been stung.
Dealing with a Jellyfish sting
Do not rub the affected area but remove the remains of any tentacle if present. Lightly spray or slowly pour sea water over the area with and apply a cold compress if available. Watch for severe and/or life-threatening symptoms such as confusion, chest pain or weakness seek emergency medical attention immediately.
RNLI – Beach safety advice
Link to RNLI Beach Safety Guide
A big thanks to
The Potting Shed and in particular Ed Prow
Ian Brown for the use of the 30/30 concept
Ollie at Network Insurance
Paul Wiggins for the use of the tidetable information
Coast Media Design Agency for the use of the map
Debs Hunter for joining me for all those swims last Summer which planted the seed of the idea. Les Bourgs Hospice and the amazing staff who work there… …the inspiration for this event.