Mourant Ozannes raises funds for stroke associations with inter-island swimming challenge

September 20th, 2012 by Mourant Ozannes

Jersey triathlete Dan Hawksworth swims towards Jersey with kayak support (click image to expand - image courtesy of Mourant Ozannes)

Two teams of swimmers from Mourant Ozannes completed a simultaneous inter-island relay challenge on Saturday 8 September 2012.

The teams achieved their remarkable feat in a combined time of just over 24 hours, with the Jersey to Guernsey leg swum in 11 hours 40 minutes 37 seconds and the team from Guernsey reaching the Jersey coast in 12 hours 20 minutes.

The attempt was organized to raise money for the Guernsey Stroke Association and the Jersey Stroke Association.

The success was hailed by Jonathan Rigby, Global Managing Partner of Mourant Ozannes, who said “this is a remarkable achievement by two fantastic teams.”

“To be the first to complete a simultaneous swim between the Islands in each direction, while raising funds for two very important charities, is something of which we can all be very proud,” he said.

The Guernsey team of Sam Williams, James Le Gallez, Sandy Ozanne, Paul Waldron and Mark Torode from Mourant Ozannes, joined by David Honey (Guernsey), Jersey triathlete Dan Halksworth, and James Briggs, a trainee doctor at the Jersey General Hospital, started their attempt from Jerbourg, St Martin, Guernsey at 6.03 am, and reached Grosnez in Jersey at 6.23 pm that evening.

The Jersey team of Craig Swart, Thomas Morgan, Henry Brandts-Giesen, James Ruane, Simon Gould, and Giles Corbin left Plemont, Jersey at 7.07 am. Each team member swam for one hour stints punctuated by in-water high five handovers. Giles Corbin, whose idea it was to undertake the challenge, made landfall just north of St Martin’s Point, Guernsey at 6.47 pm. None of these swimmers wore wetsuits.

The attempt would not have been possible without the support crews from both Islands, which included guard boats and kayakers to ensure the swimmers remained on course and safe at all times

Sponsorship was only opened shortly before the swim took place due to the weather dependent nature of the challenge.

Should members of the public wish to pledge money to these two worthy charities they may do so by emailing giles.corbin @ in Jersey, or mark.torode @ in Guernsey.

Giles Corbin, Mourant Ozannes, 22 Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey JE4 8PX is receiving cheques for the Jersey Stroke Association.

Mark Torode, Mourant Ozannes, PO Box 186, 1 Le Marchant Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 4HP is receiving cheques for the Guernsey Stroke Association.


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