30 Bays in 30 Days Challenge 2023
1st July, 2023
We are very grateful for the continued support of:
This is a special year to be involved - 30 bays in 30 days is celebrating its 10th birthday in 2023!
Memorable swims. Memorable Summer. Rediscover or start a love of swimming in the sea and use the challenge as a way to explore our island or spend time with family and friends.
Since the event was established it has raised over £230k for Les Bourgs Hospice and the concept has been shared with the Jersey Hospice & National Trust Jersey, it has evolved in Guernsey to include a smaller family friendly 9baysin30days version and also a Winter 12 Bays of Christmas challenge. Last year we helped to set up a 5 bays in 5 days event in the Bailiwick's Northern Isle to raise money for Alderney Cancer Relief and the Alderney Wildlife Trust.
We are hoping that this will be a record in the number of people getting involved but also the amount raised for Les Bourgs Hospice. We would really appreciate your help in breaking that record to reach 1500 who signed up in 2020. Please encourage friends, family and work colleagues to get signed up and if the prospect of doing it as an individual is too much why not enter as a team and share the list of bays between you? It's easier than you think so get signed up and make the most of your Summer!
What is 30baysin30days?
A chance to make the most of your Summer by swimming at least 30 strokes in 30 bays around the island during the month of July. We appreciate that with busy lives, work commitments or holiday plans there needs to be flexibility for you to complete the challenge so we don't expect you to swim every day if you don't want to. Bank the swims on weekends or when you have more time.
OPTION FOR THOSE WITH A DISABILITY OR HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES - we are lucky to have so many amazing places to swim off Guernsey but some of them present a challenge to get to (particularly the ones off the cliffs). If you would like to get involved but think that you will be unable to swim at every bay on the list please still sign up then choose which bays work for you then complete 30 swims at those to complete the challenge.
Please visit www.30bays.org for full event information.
9baysin30days - Please note that we also run a shorter 9baysin30days which is designed for younger families, those new to sea swimming or with less time to complete the challenge. This only has 9 bays to tick off during the month and they are all easy to access with kiosks and toilets. Please visit our events page for more information and registration.
Team option - you can register as individuals then you can complete the challenge of ticking the 30 bays off between you in whichever way works best for you. For some it may mean that a core of the team swims in every bay and is occasionally joined by the other members, or, it could be that you split the bays between you. You choose! This is designed to be completely flexible for those that don't have the time to complete the whole challenge individually. If you have a large corporate team please call the Fundraising Administrator at Les Bourgs Hospice tel: 210329.
Each entry will receive a beautifully illustrated map by the talented Caroline Cummins of Little Paper Gallery. Stick this up on your wall to tick off your swims with pride. There will also be the option to purchase one to frame as a keepsake to remind you of those blue-sky, sun-drenched Summer swims in the dark depths of Winter. It can be tricky for us to know from the registration if you are signing up on behalf of someone who isn't in your household so please add extra maps in the registration process.
In partnership with Plastic Free Guernsey we are proud to offer a Beach Clean option so if you aren't a swimmer but wish to support the event, or keen to help keep our shorelines clear of litter please get signed up.
When does this start?
The challenge runs between 1st and 30th July but you can continue the challenge into August if you run out of time or are away on holiday. It would really help in the organisation of the event if you could register as soon as possible although registrations will be accepted at the first group swim at Vazon.
Where are the bays?
Your safety is very important to us therefore when you are ticking off your bays for this event please, please only swim in the ones on our list. We have sadly had to remove Petit Port this year due to access being closed which we are very sad about but hope for its return next year!
- VAZON – GROUP SWIM, Saturday 1st July, 6.30pm
- Grandes Rocques
- Port Soif
- Baie de Port Grat
- Le Grand Havre
- Les Amarreurs
- Ladies Bay
- Baie de la Jaonneuse
- Pembroke Bay
- L'Ancresse Bay
- Fontenelle Bay
- Havelet Bay
- La Vallette Bathing Pools (NEW - to replace Petit Port)
- Fermain Bay
- Marble Bay (Le Pied du Mur)
- Moulin Huet
- Saints Bay
- La Jaonnet Bay
- Petit Bot Bay
- Rocquaine Bay
- L'Eree Bay
- Perelle Bay
- Crocq Bay (behind Fort Richmond and accessed via the slipway)
Additional bays to swap in or add to your challenge;
Hotel Beach, Herm Harbour
TO REGISTER for the 30 bays in 30 days event via RaceNation please click on this link.
TO REGISTER for the 9 bays in 30 days event via RaceNation please click on this link.
OR if you prefer, you can download a form from this website.
Please follow Les Bourgs Hospice on social media for updates and rally friends, family or work colleagues to get signed up too!
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