It’s that time of year again when after the excesses of Christmas Day lunch and supper, a band of brave souls face the freezing temperatures of the English Channel.
We’re talking of course of the Boxing Day Swims.
First up and closest to our hearts is the spectacular Ventnor Boxing Day Swim.
This event always draws huge crowds to the esplanade as 20-30 people rush into the sea at midday.
Many of the swimmers are sponsored but people will be walking up and down the esplanade collecting donations for P.A.T.C.H. the local cancer charity.
Further north at the Appley Manor Hotel in Ryde, Staff and friends are taking part in a bracing sponsored swim at Seaview (by the fort) at around 10am on Boxing Day morning to raise money for the Island’s Hospice.
There is usually a Boxing Day Swim in Shanklin at around 11.30am but we’ve been unable to confirm whether that’s going ahead. If you know more, please get in touch.
Of course, if you know of any other Boxing Day (or even new Year Day) swims do get in touch and let us know so we can share the details with out readers.