CHRISTMAS DAY HARBOUR SWIM – SATURDAY 25th DECEMBER 2021

Events on 25 Dec , 2021

Every year thousands of people line the harbour at Weymouth to witness this annual Lions event which has become a landmark event for the town.
For those brave enough to suffer a Christmas morning dip, the 70-metre-plus distance starts from the Cove on Trinity Road and finishes across the water opposite the Harbour Master’s office on Custom House Quay. Swimmers are split into up to 15 groups of 30, with some swimmers racing across the distance in just a few minutes. Safety is a major consideration, and swimmers are required to purchase a ticket and are counted into the water at the start and counted out at the opposite end. Sea canoeists from the RNLI are on the water and are able to assist swimmers who get into difficulty. Help is also on hand from MV Freedom, a local charity that enables disabled people to enjoy boat trips around the outer harbour and Portland. On Christmas Day it helps the Lions by providing a ferry service across the harbour.

It’s estimated that spectator numbers were well over 2,500 in 2019 supporting a total of 450 determined swimmers. The whole event lasts for just over an hour and many of those who take part then go on to enjoy a well-earned pint with perhaps a turkey lunch in a local public house.

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Tickets are now live on our Billetto site. Follow the link below to purchase your ticket.

https://billetto.co.uk/e/lions-christmas-day-harbour-swim-tickets-586241

 

BRIEFING TO SWIMMERS

REGISTRATION

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED AND BOUGHT A TICKET ONLINE.

Print off your ticket from Billetto and take it to the start point at the correct time of your swim. A member of the Lions staff will take it from you.

THE SWIM

Q – What time is the first swim?

A – 11am sharp. (Your swim start time will be on your ticket)

Please note – The organisers reserve the right to run more than one swim at a time depending on numbers. For this reason, please ensure you are at the venue no later than 1045am.

Q – What happens at the start of the swim?

A – Swimmers will be called forward to the start by swim time into the starters enclosure and then sent down onto the start pontoons.

Q – How do l get my dry clothes over to the finish line?

A – Place all your dry clothes into a suitable plastic bag and hand it over to a member of the Lions staff who will load it onto the boat and take it across the harbour in time for your finish. Please help us save and cut down on single use plastic bags. Please bring a suitable bag with you clearly marked so that you can identify it.

Q – How many swimmers are called forward each time?

A – A maximum of 30 swimmers will be called forward at a time. (This is a safety requirement so as not to overload the pontoons)

 

AT THE FINISH LINE

Q – How do l get out of the water?

A – A modular floating beach will be in position at the finish line to help you out of the water. It’s highly bouyant and you can easily crawl out onto it.

As in previous years, Lifeguards and Lions stewards will be on hand to help you leave the water if necessary.

At the end of your swim, and in the interest of safety, please exit the pontoon ramp immediately.

AFTER YOUR SWIM

Collect your dry clothes bag from the winner’s enclosure at the top of the ramp.

Don’t forget to collect your winners medal from the Mayor of Weymouth.

Photographs and videos taken on the day may be used by Weymouth & Portland Lions Club for future publicity purposes.

SPONSORSHIP

If you have been sponsored to take part today. Help us keep a grand total and a record of what has been raised. Please write on the back of your ticket who you are swimming for and how much you have raised. Thank You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us regarding the swim please contact webmaster on by email or write to us at:

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club

c/o Hotel Rembrandt,

12-18 Dorchester Road,

Weymouth

Dorset.

DT4 7JU