Clevedon Long Swim returns for 2021

Photo by Malcolm Flintoff

Saturday August 28 saw the return of the popular Long Swim event run by Clevedon Open Water, after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. The event was well supported by participants, many returning to take part along with plenty of newcomers. Elite Wave set off from Ladye Bay beach at midday, followed by the Main Wave at 12.10pm, with viewers gathered on Clevedon Pier to watch proceedings. The swim is known for its fast pace, taking swimmers anything from 20 minutes upwards to cross the finishing line on Pier Beach.

Safety of participants was assured by Clevedon Canoe Club, who were on hand to escort swimmers, while the safety ribs from Clevedon Sailing Club also

Photo by Jo Shepherd

monitored activity. Conditions on the day were perfect, according to returning participant Molly Cheek, who said she loved every second of the swim while also scoring her personal best. “It was just such a nice feeling of community on the day and to see everyone on the beach,” Molly said, adding that the entire process from registering to the safety provided had been expertly managed and smooth.

On the day, Katie Chambers was awarded 

the 1928 Rose Bowl trophy and Phil Duma received the Oakhill Brewery trophy, with both champions receiving their silver cups from previous champion Steve Price, who won four times between 1987 and 1992.

Snap Happy

Backwell Camera Club were once again in attendance on the day of the Long Swim, as part of their Community Photography assistance, having provided photographic support for Clevedon Open Water Events since 2018. Their support meant that participants of the races could download the images for free and use them on their own social media pages whilst the organisers use the images to promote their events and keep a record. The club’s members include some very competent photographers who love a new challenge. If your not-for-profit community organisation has an event that you would like photographing, Backwell Camera Club invites you to get in touch in case they can help. To find out more, contact