Open water swim in port planned

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PREPARATIONS are under way for another Manx Mile, the open water swim in Port St Mary that is part of the annual Queenie Festival.

The swim – the third year it has been held – will take place on Saturday, July 2, starting from Chapel beach at 2pm. It follows a triangular course into the bay (marked by buoys) and finishes on the beach.

Participants must pre-register and can wear wetsuits or swimsuits or shorts . The event is open to swimmers of all ages, and there will be a half-mile event for junior or novice swimmers, with trophies in both categories. Kayakers are on hand to provide safety support.

The event is being organised by Mark Gorry from the Isle of Man Open Water Swimming Club, and anyone wishing to practice for the Manx Mile can join the club during its Sunday morning sessions – just go to the Port Erin slipway (between the Raglan Pier and the lifeboat station) at 10.30am.

For more information about the Manx Mile, contact Mark by calling 430631 or email

Entry forms will soon be available to download from, where you can also learn all about the 2011 Queenie Festival.

For information on sponsorship opportunities provided by the Manx Mile, contact Tim Croft, phone 834494.

The Queenie Festival offers plenty of opportunities for immersion in the Irish Sea, and on all three days, Port St Mary-based Discover Diving will have scuba diving and snorkel try-outs, plus a ‘snorkel safari’ on the Friday evening.

And this is still merely a drop in the ocean of events taking place during the festival itself.

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