Pier2Pier Sea Swim - Isle of Wight 2023

Pier2Pier Sea Swim - Isle of Wight 2023

5 August 2023



Now in its 69th year, the Pier2Pier Sea Swim Isle of Wight is a 1.8 mile open water event organised by the Isle of Wight Marlins Swim Club, under the auspices of the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA). The swim starts adjacent to Sandown Pier and follows the Sandown to Shanklin Bay, a stunning stretch of coastline lined by dramatic sandstone cliffs. The race ends on the beach outside the Shanklin Rowing Club, which is located by the site of the old Shanklin Pier that was destroyed in the gales of 1987.

We welcome independent and club swimmers, skins and wetsuit* swimmers. Our aim is to organise a friendly and enjoyable event, whilst providing a challenge for all swimmers. Trophies will be awarded for various swim-stroke and age categories, with a commemorative keepsake presented to each winning swimmer.

We are delighted to introduce a 15-17 age category for the first time in 2023, offering a great opportunity for younger open water swimmers to gain competition experience in a supportive environment**.

The entry price includes refreshments at the end of the race, a goody bag, event insurance, and transportation of one bag of personal effects to the race finish.

Family and friends can enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade walk that tracks the route of the Pier2Pier Sea Swim, taking in beautiful sandy beaches and with some delightful coffee and lunch stops along the way! More than half of the Island is a designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, with its mild climate, stunning coastline and fascinating history, making it the perfect place to stay for a few days either before or after the event.

For those travelling over from the mainland, the following discounts are being offered for travel between 4th and 6th August. A code or link will be provided with payment confirmation to enable these to be obtained:

  • Wightlink will offer a 20% discount to foot passengers, and 15% to those travelling by car, motorbike or motorhome
  • Hovertravel will offer a 20% discount on standard adult and child fares (not senior or student fares)
  • Red Funnel will offer a 15% discount for vehicle travel

We look forward to meeting old friends and new on Saturday 5th August 2023.

*Please be aware that wetsuit swimmers will be eligible for the relevant wetsuit trophy only, and not the age group and other categories open to non-wetsuit swimmers. Please enter the wetsuit category if you will be wearing any type of neoprene swimwear, with the exception of gloves and/or boots.

**Swimmers in the 15-17 age category will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult on the day of the swim, both before and after the event. Wetsuits will be compulsory and proof of membership of a Swim-England affiliated swim club will be required.

 Event information
05 August 2023
Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat
Western Esplanade
PO36 8JS Sandown
Great Britain
See map below
This event is timed by ST App Service. There will be no chip timing for this event. All queries should be sent to the organiser of the event.
For result queries please e-mail: p2p@iowmarlinsswimclub.co.uk

IoW Marlins Swim Club

In case of questions about the event please contact IoW Marlins Swim Club:

07792 584 066

Pier2Pier Sea Swim - Isle of Wight 2023

  • Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat
  • Western Esplanade
  • PO36 8JS Sandown
  • Great Britain