- 30 BAYS IN 30 DAYS
- WHY? WHEN? HOW?
30 Bays in 30 Days
2017…….below is the list of bays for the challenge so if you took part last year – well done and a big thank you!
NEW for this year is the concept of entering as a team of 6 people (incl. children). All you need to do is register as individuals (please go to the “How?” section for more information) then you can complete the challenge of ticking the 30bays 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 other members, or, it could be that you split the bays between you and swim 5 bays each. You choose! This is designed to be completely flexible for those that don’t have the time to complete the whole challenge individually and will hopefully provide inspiration and the opportunity to still get involved.
The good news is that we have been able to add Petit Port back onto the list (believe me the trek back up all those steps is definitely worth it!). The bad news is that due to a landslide the hidden gem of a beach Divette is shut for the Summer so this has had to be taken off. Your feedback was gratefully received and taken on board so Baie des Pecqueries is no longer included but is replaced by Les Amarreurs (Mr & Mrs Blondel this one’s for you!). In addition, 3 from Herm have been added for all you day trippers, weekend breakers and those heading over for the school holidays. So, pick your favourite 30 from the list or if you want an extra challenge to swim them all, the choice is yours.
Please do try to get involved in the group swims to start and close the event (see below for details). It was great to see so many people take part last year and it was a brilliant atmosphere. After that you are free to swim the bays in whichever order, whenever you like between 1st and 30th July – you don’t have to swim every day if you don’t want to.
If you’re going to be off the rock or life is just too busy then you can bank swims on the days that you have more time, it can be as flexible as you need it to be. If you want to be inspired there was one retired gent who completed the challenge throughout July but as an added challenge also ticked every bay off in one day! If you aren’t a strong swimmer you’ll be relieved to hear that you only have to swim a minimum of 30 strokes in each bay, not the whole thing so please sign up.
Maybe make an afternoon of walking from bay to bay via the cliffs to tick a few off or plan a couple of coastal swims with friends or family followed by a picnic or bbq? It’s all about Summer fun………
OPTION FOR THOSE WITH A DISABILITY OR HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES
We are lucky to have so many amazing places to swim off Guernsey but I appreciate that some of them present a challenge to get to (particularly the ones off the cliffs). 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 then complete 30 swims at those to complete the challenge.
- VAZON – GROUP SWIM
- Grandes Rocques (Saline Bay)
- Port Soif
- Baie de Port Grat
- Le Grand Havre
- Les Amarreurs
- Ladies Bay
- Baie de la Jaonneuse
- Pembroke Bay
- L’Ancresse Bay
- Fontenelle Bay
- Havelet Bay
- Fermain Bay
- Marble Bay (Le Pied du Mur)
- Petit Port
- Moulin Huet
- Saints Bay
- La Jaonnet Bay
- Petit Bot Bay
- Rocquaine Bay
- L’Eree Bay
- Perelle Bay
- Crocq Bay (behind Fort Richmond and accessed via the slipway)
- COBO – GROUP SWIM
- Hotel Beach, Herm Harbour
- Shell Beach, Herm
- Belvoir Beach, Herm
The whole concept is based on the fact that we are lucky enough to have so many amazing places to go sea swimming so please try to stick with the spirit of the challenge by not wearing wetsuits. If, however, this will put you off from signing up to the event then please do as you wish but it would be great if for at least a couple of the swims you be brave and dispel the urban myth that the water over here is always freezing! (I suggest a high tide swim at the end of the day if you do). By the end of the challenge, I’m hoping that your opinion on sea swimming will have changed, with each one you do being up there as the best one yet.
WHERE ARE THEY?
If you haven’t heard of some of these bays before or want to remind yourself how to get to them please view the 30BAYS_MAP reproduced with permission from Coast Media Design Agency, www.coast.gg.
**SPECIAL OFFER FOR HERM BAYS**
Trident Charter Company Ltd has very generously offered to support the event for a second year with a special rate of return ticket for anyone registered for 30baysin30days of £10 for adults (15 years +, normally £13) and £5 for children (4-14 inc, normally £6.50). Special fares are subject to departure and return on the same day only (ie no period returns) and only valid for one trip to Herm per person, between 1st-30th July 2017. Tickets can be purchased from the Trident ticket office on presentation of your 30bays swim cap (these will be handed out at the first group swim at Vazon on 1st July so if you are registered but unable to be there to collect please email firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be advised that Trident Charter Company Ltd has no obligation to offer you the special fare if you do not have your cap with you at the time of booking.
Please visit www.traveltrident.com for sailing times.
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 for donating a percentage of sales of this book when purchased through the Les Bourgs Hospice website. It is an invaluable and perfect reference point for this event so why not add one to your basket when you register? Information about the tides in July 2017 can also be found on this website under the Beach safety and Tidetable section (reproduced with kind permission of Paul Wiggins).
The aim of getting everyone together is to show support for the event but more importantly so that you get to see who else is getting involved as you might bump into them from time to time. It will also mean that on the days when you may not have anyone to swim with you can get hold of someone you know who has signed up or you can put a shout out through our social media pages for a swim buddy.
Saturday 1st July 6.00pm – please meet by the Guernsey Surf School hut
Sunday 30th July 6.00pm – please meet at the slipway by the Cobo beach kiosk
Hopefully we will have a large number of people signed up and joining us for these swims so to make it easier for the lifeguards (who have very generously volunteered their time to cover the event) we ask that you all wear the logo’d swim cap that will be handed out on the day (new colour for 2017!). This will be yours to keep so please remember to bring it along to the last group swim and feel free to wear throughout the event.
Please note that for your swim in Havelet this bay is often used as a launch site for rowers and dinghy sailors so please stay aware, avoid their path and remember that wearing your cap will make you more visible to them!
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 £1,100,000 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 about £800,000.00 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
£60 will pay for a nurse for the day
£75 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 2017 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). Registrations will be accepted at the first group swim at Vazon but experience from last year was that this can get very busy for the volunteers (plus we have an earlier start time for 2017).
- 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.
- I 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!
Enjoy and please spread the good word!
Guernsey Community Foundation
30 Bays in 30 Days was shortlisted for the ‘The Community Awards 2014’
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BEACH SAFETY & TIDETABLE
Beach Restrictions For Dogs
1st May – 30th September 2017 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.
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.
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