Carole completes epic round Arran swim

Carole Laporte was in Brodick when she had completed more than half of her swim.

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An open water swimmer has completed a swim round Arran in just 13 days for no other reason than to finish the epic challenge.

And Isle of Man based Carole Laporte praised the quality of waters around the island during her swim.

She told the Banner: ‘You should all be very proud of your extremely clean beaches and lack of floating litter which plagues the Irish Sea at the moment.’

She was supported by Steve Watt and his wife Julie. Steve was providing support from his kayak and was also impressed by the lack of litter.

‘We love the wildlife on Arran, including long swims with seals and swans. Steve saw some otters and perhaps a porpoise,’ she added.

Carole continued: ‘I have always been keen on open water swimming and started competing when I moved from Brittany to Dublin in 2000. The craic after swims in Ireland was always great and it was something I wanted to keep going when I moved to teach in the Isle of Man in 2004. There are now hundreds of regular dippers and swimmers over there.

‘The tides around the Isle of Man can be vicious so we needed kayaks to support us and that is how I met Steve Watt and his wife Julie, through Manx Paddlesports Canoe Club. Last year, during the first lockdown, I couldn’t visit my relatives in France and came up with the idea of swimming around my new island home. I completed it with 19 swims spread throughout August. Wow, did we have rough seas and Steve insisted on timings that used the fastest tidal flows to help me beat the existing record set by Anna-Carin Nordin the previous year.

‘Another year and another lockdown and I headed to Arran, inspired by Georgina McLean’s map on the Arran Open Water Swimmers Facebook group. We kept it very quiet at first because we weren’t sure if we’d make much progress without the help of fast tidal flows. We did great though and the weather was fantastic. Good progress was made up the east coast before we moved up to the Lochranza campsite for a few swims around the north of the island and down the west coast.’

Carole completed her island circumnavigation on Monday after 13 consecutive days of swimming, covering 89.94km in 27 hours, 8 minutes and one second.


Carole Laporte was in Brodick when she had completed more than half of her swim. 01_B33swim01

Carole ploughs through the water at the south end of the island. NO_B33swim02

Carole and Steve complete the latest leg at Lochranza. NO_B33swim03

Carole finds the going tough in choppy waters. NO_B33swim04

Carole celebrates completing her epic swim which took 13 consecutive days to complete. NO_B33swim05