Skiathos Around the Island Swim

Update posted by Raymond Morris On Sep 13, 2019

This was an incredible day for Ray, he said the water and weather conditions were not perfect but far better than Wednesday so he just kept going to cover as many kilometers as he could.

Thursday 12th September
From Aselinos Bay to Nikotsara = 9 km
Time taken: 6 hours, 20 minutes
Wind Direction: N/E 3 Beaufort
Total Arm Strokes: 9,460
Total Leg Kicks: 37.840
Calories Burnt: 5,992

Day 5 - has been postponed due to the weather today and over the weekend.. So,the last leg of the swim challenge will take place on Monday, 16th September. I will update timings and give an estimate of the finish time by Sunday.

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Update posted by Raymond Morris On Sep 12, 2019

A bit of a bumpy day yesterday (Wednesday). Firstly, the motor on the boat was running slow which turned out to be a fuel problem. Secondly, although it was pretty calm when Ray hit the water at Ag. Eleni, the north wind picked up to 4 Beaufort and it became very choppy, Ray battled on but had two bouts of motion sickness. Thankfully, Sean & Marie Rosie McMonagle are with him the whole time on the boat, and are a constant support to him. Despite the problems, Ray STILL managed to swim 6.5km and made it to the start of the bay of Aselinos. This was a little way short of our plan which was to get to Ligaries, but even so, it was an incredible distance to reach in those conditions. The boat engine was repaired and is running well again. So, today, the plan is to get from Aselinos to Kastro (passing along Megalos and Mikros Aselinos, Ligaries, Kehria, Limenari then finally Kastro. We are not attempting beach collections as these beaches are a bit too difficult to reach. The wind direction today is northerly again, with a 4 Beaufort strength so we will wait to see what happens.......


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Update posted by Raymond Morris On Sep 11, 2019

Our second day started off from where Ray left off yesterday, at the end of Vromolimnos beach. Then, onto Kolios, Agia Paraskevi, Troulos, Maratha, Koukounaries, Banana, Small Banana and finishing at Eleni.

Ray had a great night's sleep and was ready to get back into the water as soon as possible....

Our collection buckets were rattling on these beaches and we managed to raise a further 850e. People have been so supportive, cheering and clapping him along the beaches as he swims them.

Here are the stats for Day 2

Tuesday 10th September
From Vromolimnos to Agia Eleni = 9.2 km
Time taken: 5 hours, 20 minutes
Wind Direction: NE 3 Beaufort
Total Arm Strokes: 7,270
Total Leg Kicks: 29,080

Calories Burnt: 2,725

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Update posted by Raymond Morris On Sep 11, 2019

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

Day 2 here we come..... Kolios to Agia Eleni.

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Update posted by Raymond Morris On Aug 31, 2019

Today is 31st August. As my Swim Challenge gets nearer, only eight days away, I just wanted to thank everyone who has contributed so far but also to reiterate that this is my own personal challenge which I thought seemed a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for the cat and dog charities on Skiathos.

I have received a great deal of support so far, but also a few shall we say sceptical almost negative comments as well, suggesting I am perhaps being over ambitious. So, I have listed here a few answers to some of the most asked questions regarding my swim.

1. I have been swimming almost every day for about 18 months now, including during the winter months. My current swim sessions are between one and four hours a day. To swim the north side of island is the biggest challenge and of course I am more than aware that it depends on the sea state and wind speed that the Greek Gods throw at me. But, let's hope Poseidon is one of my backers!

2. I do not intend to complete the swim in one day! It will take a minimum of five days, but should it take longer then that's OK too.

3. I will have a safety boat alongside me for the whole duration of my swim. And I always tow a bright orange safety float and wear a bright orange swim cap so that I can be seen in the water.

4. If I don't reach my target goal of 2000 euros, then whatever amount is raised will be split between the two charities.

5. The Coastguard will guide me through the two harbours in Skiathos town stopping any sea traffic as necessary (hopefully not the Skiathos Express!).

Thanks again to everyone for their lovely and supportive comments so far.


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What’s the point in a personal challenge if you don’t aim high ?? Success or failure is not the issue - having the guts to do it is !! Good luck Ray from all your positive supporters xx

Anne Siviter

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Well done! Such an amazing thing to do for a very worthy cause! x

Julie Protheroe

Backed with €10.00 On Sep 17, 2019

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Well done Ray, fantastic achievement and for a very good cause.

Mark Thornett

Backed with €5.00 On Sep 16, 2019

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Fantastic thing to do l love Skiathos back on 27th for a week . Well done

Irene Cluderay

Backed with €5.00 On Sep 15, 2019

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Well Done Ray - A brilliant achievement!

Jackie Jones

Backed with €10.00 On Sep 15, 2019

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Jan Broadhurst

Backed with €10.00 On Sep 14, 2019

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From my cousin, Annette Scoble and her husband Wilf. Good luck Ray, you're doing a great job! xxx

Raymond Morris

Backed with €25.00 On Sep 14, 2019

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An amazing thing to do, for such worthy causes. Good luck! XxX

Claire Mayo

Backed with €10.00 On Sep 12, 2019

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In awe of your dedication

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Backed with €20.00 On Sep 12, 2019

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Fantastic achievement so grateful in behalf of the cats!x

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Backed with €12.00 On Sep 12, 2019

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Good luck!!

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