LGBT Masters Aquatics Club

69km across Lake Geneva

Added on by Emily Chong.

On 7th Sep Emily from OTS and her Serpentine SC team the "JENBO Jets" set off to swim 69km across the length of Lake Geneva to celebrate her birthday (and to fundraise for Peace Direct and Lifeguard Hellas).  They chose a beautiful day and the crossing was a very speedy 27hrs 55min, that makes (almost) 7 hours each for the 4 swimmers: Jo, Emily, Bee, Natasha.  They swam all day, all night with shooting stars in the sky, moon on their backs, glowsticks on their costumesand reached the iconic Jet d'eau around 1pm the next day.  

When they finished, they joked that they felt fresh enough to swim back, that was mainly because of super star supporter Octavia (who has sailed across the Atlantic before) looked after them so well that they had enough time to rest and eat between swims.      

To read more about their awesome trip, please see here: Bee's blog and Serpentine news.

The JENBO Jets were also featured on the World Radio Switzerland, click here to listen. 

Video by Bee Heller. A successful four-women relay swim of the 69km length of Lake Geneva in September 2016. Total time was 27 hours and 55 minutes.

Dart 10k and Dock 2 Dock 10k

Added on by Emily Chong.

Dart 10K

On 4th and 5th September half of our open water contingence travelled all the way down to Devon for the famous Dart 10K in the River Dart (The other half stayed in London for Dock2Dock 10K).  On the Saturday Geraldine (3rd female non-wetsuit), Emily (5th female non-wetsuit), Sine, Monica, Peter W were in the water.  The sky opened up as they finished and torrential rained all night.  On Sunday more OTS swimmers took advantage of the fast flowing current, Alex H, Gosia, Oti, Laura and Leo all completed in (neoprene cladded) style.  It was Leo's first ever open water swim and first 10k for many others, so very well done! 

Alex and Gosia are fundraising for Paralympic legacy Level Water, you can support them here:


Dock 2 Dock 10K

Out to Swim took part in London's newest and possibly the only 10k swim the "Dock 2 Dock" on Sunday 4th September.  Vicki, Chairman Phil, Martin, Rick and I took to the water in the Royal Victoria Dock, swam past Excel Centre, into the Royal Albert Dock, swimming next to the London City Airport runway and a number of BA planes, round the corner into King George V dock and back.  It was a lovely swim up the way with the wind behind us, but was more of a challenge on the way back when the wind was in our faces, but we all did it.  It was great for OTS to be part of what will hopefully become an iconic swim in the open water calendar.