Tony Cotton: Festive Swim - Christmas Day
One of the great pleasures of this eastward, pier to pier swim is the ever-changing view of the sea front, as you move steadily along it. A swim eastwards along the shoreline from the derelict West pier to the vibrant Palace pier.
Just before high tide, prior to setting off, I spoke to one of the lifeguards on the beach about my intended West Pier to Palace Pier swim. During Summer months, they patrol two small areas of the beach - I was promised that my progress would be monitored during the swim and that the total distance pier to pier, was just over 1km.
I was also told to be careful of a channel halfway along used by boats for beach access.