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The 12 Bays of Christmas returns

The 12 Bays of Christmas returns

Sunday 27 November 2022

The 12 Bays of Christmas returns

Sunday 27 November 2022


The winter sea swimming challenge, in aid of Les Bourgs Hospice, is back for December 2022 with some new features.

Fermain and Rocquaine beaches feature for the first time following feedback from swimmers, so that additional all-weather sheltered swims are incorporated into the fundraising event.

The Bathing Pools – or Bathing Yules – will also host a drop-in day of swimming with a free mince pie and hot drink available to enjoy next to the wood burning stove.

Participants will have the option to purchase a woollen bobble hat which will help identify fellow swimmers and should reduce heat loss when in the sea.

Only those who are medically fit should contemplate taking part, and tips have been shared (reproduced below) on how to stay safe whilst in and out of the water. There is no obligation to complete all bays if conditions are poor.

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Liz Stonebridge, founder of the event, said an increasing number of people are participating in sea swimming all year round.

“We know Christmas is a busy time for people but this event offers an opportunity to take some all important time to pause, de-stress and catch up with friends and family over the festive period. It is a really fun challenge and there is always a great community spirit so please get signed up,” she said. 

Stuart Perfitt, from event sponsor Rocq Capital, added: “This is now a ‘must do’ event for many islanders. It is an heroic effort by all those taking part and Rocq Capital is once again pleased to support this seasonal fundraising for Les Bourgs. 

We look forward to seeing many of the participants at La Vallette on Sunday 11 December for a brew & mince pie.”

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The event was inspired by the Marley and Sealey families, who are keen sea swimmers.

In keeping with previous events, each swimmer will receive a Christmas-themed map that has been illustrated by The Tiny Island Studio.

Participants will be in with the chance of winning a £50 voucher for Cobo Tea Rooms if they tag #12baysofchristmas on any social media posts and enter the annual photo competition.

Les Bourgs Hospice is independently run and does not receive funding from the States. Fundraising events are important to meet annual running costs, which are currently estimated to be around £1.6million.

Participants will be registered for the event only if they have signed up via Les Bourgs Hospice website, paid their registration fee and completed the form that requires confirmation that the event's terms and conditions have been understood. 

More information about can be found HERE, or by emailing info@lesbourgs.com.

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