Now in its 11th year the Cumbrae to Largs Saltire swim has become a regular fixture on the calendar and is one of the main fundraisers for the Largs based charity who provide a furnished flat as respite accommodation for cancer sufferers, their families and carers. Swimmers based both locally and further afield turned out to support this great cause.
In near perfect open water swimming conditions it was the youngsters who dominated the event on Saturday. First home in an impressive (but not quite record-breaking) time of 30:49 was first time swimmer Adam Kirkwood (17) of Kilwinning. He was closely followed by fellow 17 year old Glen Duffy (32:38) and third place was taken by this year’s youngest swimmer, 14 year old Connor Tarran.
First female was Rebecca Weir, who at the tender age of 15 was taking part for the 5th time. All of these teenagers swim competitively for North Ayrshire ASC and were a credit to their club.
The swim could not take place without the support of Largs Sailing Club who very generously provide use of changing and clubhouse facilities, Scottish Sailing Institute, Flamingo Charter and LSC who provide safety boat cover and Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club and the volunteer kayakers who paddle alongside the swimmers, as well as shore based volunteers recording times & keeping everything running smoothly.