We were overwhelmed by the kindness and support of friends and supporters who came to the launch of Ray's Around the Island Swim Challenge. This is Ray's wife Jacqui doing the updates as obviously right now Ray is swimming again!
Skiathos Island's new Mayor, Thodoris Tzoumas came along to the start and said a few words about what this challenge was all about and then Ray stepped into the water at Bourtzi beach. Accompanied along the old harbour by the Coastguard and our support RIB captained by Sean McMonagle and his wife Marie, Ray set off.
Our collection buckets at the ready, we headed off to the first beach of Siferi, followed by Megali Ammos, Vasilias, Achladies, Sklithri, Janeria, Kanapitsa and finally Vromolimnos.
The weather was good, there was strong-ish wind but it was behind Ray so he made excellent progress.
In total, we raised a whopping 820e on our first day collecting on the beaches. Just incredible.
Here are Ray's stats for Day 1:
Monday 9th September From Bourtzi Beach to Vromolimnos = 8.23 km Time taken: 4 hours, 36 minutes Wind Direction: NE 3 Beaufort Total Arm Strokes: 6,372 Total Leg Kicks: 25,488 Calories Burnt: 2,357