Wild water adventure for Kintyre swimmers

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Four like-minded Kintyre ladies with ‘just a little bit of madness’ between them made a splash over the weekend when they swam the Kilbrannan Sound from Arran to Carradale.

Trudy Kennedy, who organised the event, was joined on the 3.2 mile aquatic adventure by Elaine McGeachy, Marjorie Leighton and Alix Geyer.

Trudy has been open water swimming for a couple of years and has previously completed swims from Gigha to Tayinloan and Tarbert to Portavadie, so the Kilbrannan Sound naturally felt like the next swim for her.

The group originally planned to swim from Carradale to Arran but due to tides and the wind direction they opted for Arran to Carradale, which turned out perfectly as they got 80 per cent of the way over before the current started to kick in.

Trudy said: ‘The weather was fantastic, it could not have been better, and the water temperature was 14 degrees, which is normal for this time of year, and fine with a wet suit on. Elaine and I did suffer a bit from the cold towards the end though.

‘We had a great support team that helped us all the way.’

Elaine added: ‘It was definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done. It might have been easier if it was flat calm waters which it certainly wasn’t but at least the sun was shining.’

The four ladies swam as a team but currents split them up towards the end of the crossing. They had two support boats so it just meant they landed at different points of the Carradale area and could be picked up.

Liz Leesmoffat and Dan Moller, with Trudy’s husband Alastair Brown as first aid support, took them over in one boat, and they were met on the Arran side by Jo Holbrook and David Reid in a second boat.

Of the sailing to Arran before the swim, Trudy said: ‘It was the longest 15 minutes getting over, the nerves really started kicking in for all of us.’

Clearly eager to continue living an intrepid lifestyle, Trudy said: ‘I’m looking forward to many more adventures.’

Elaine added: ‘I’m up for the next challenge!’