Fiona Seymour

Isle of Wight Marlins Swim Club

Now in its 68th year, the Pier2Pier Sea Swim Isle of Wight is a 1.8 mile open water event organised by the Isle of Wight Marlins Swim Club, under the auspices of the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA). The swim starts adjacent to Sandown Pier and follows the Sandown to Shanklin Bay, a stunning stretch of coastline lined by dramatic sandstone cliffs. The race ends on the beach outside the Shanklin Rowing Club, which is located by the site of the old Shanklin Pier that was destroyed in the gales of 1987. The route takes in beautiful sandy beaches, and the Esplanade walk that tracks the swim route has many lovely cafés - perfect for family and friends who come along to watch, and for a post-swim lunch!