Cowes Lifeboat Station

Pay-As-You-Go Swimmers Bravely Take to the Solent

3rd December 2017

None but the most resilient would plunge into the chilly Solent at this time of
year, still less pay money for the body shivering experience.

That is exactly what happened at Gurnard today (Sunday), however, when no fewer than 23
men and women participated in a Dare to Brave It Swim in aid of the RNLI.

The event was one of the attractions at the Little Gloster Restaurant’s annual
Christmas market. After each made a £10 donation to the life-saving charity, the
swimmers, some wearing wet suits and others in conventional swimwear, gingerly
took to the water to round two offshore buoys.

Despite the challenging 8.7 centigrade water temperature, every participant managed
to complete the swim, and so earn their very own winner’s rosette.

Cowes RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was in attendance for the event, with each crew
member, including helm Neil Archer, getting into the seasonal spirit by decorating their helmets with artificial antlers.