Yesterday was the Chalkwell Redcaps 'Fish and Chip Swim'. You may be asking yourself, 'why is it called the Fish and Chip Swim?' I'll explain that in a minute, but the swim starts in Westcliff-on-Sea near a row of cafes called the Arches. From there, you swim parallel with the shore to a huge memorial stone in the water called the Crowstone. After meeting with a few other people, we swam the rest of the way to a place called Leigh Old Town. It is roughly 2.8km of swimming, but it sure felt like a lot more than that!
Although the weather was really nice, the sea was quite choppy, so it made it extra hard to a) see the rest of the group, and b) swim in a straight line! After about 1800m of swimming, I actually felt sea-sick from all the waves! I eventually had to get out 100m before the finish as I threw up (disgusting, I know!) At least I now know that I get sea-sick!
Once you finish, the whole team sits at the local pub and has a few pints (or diet cola for me as I don't drink) and a portion of their local fish and chips. I have to admit, after that swim, it was the best fish and chips I had ever tasted!