PEOPLE are being encouraged to throw their support behind swimmer Anna Wardley’s attempt to circumnavigate Portsea Island.
Next week, the 36-year-old will dodge busy harbour traffic and swim through strong tides and bitterly cold waters in the latest part of her five-island challenge.
The 13-mile swim will take seven hours to complete and supporters are being urged to give Anna, from Alverstoke, a big send off.
Anna said: ‘It will be great to be swimming so close to home with all the familiar landmarks and local support.
‘This swim will be extremely challenging, not only due to the vessel movements, the cold water and strong tides but also in terms of the complex logistics and extensive planning required to undertake the swim safely.
‘It has required months of meticulous planning but I’m fit and ready to go.
‘It’ll be a relief to finally get in the water and start swimming on Tuesday.’
Anna’s team are being given weather advice by meteorologists ahead of the big day.
The current forecast shows there will be light and variable winds, scattered cloud cover and possibly some showers.
Three observers in kayaks will follow Anna and each will be carrying a stopwatch to ensure that her swim time is recorded accurately.
The swimmer is raising money for Gosport-based sailing charity Toe in the Water and other good causes as part of her challenge.
Anna enters the water on Eastney beach at 9.50am on Tuesday.
She reaches the Eastern Road bridge at 11.30am, Hilsea Lines at 1pm, Gunwharf Quays at 3pm, and the beach off Southsea Castle at 3.30pm.
Anna will finish up back at Eastney beach at 5pm.
In case of bad weather, the back-up date for the Portsea Island swim is June 22.
For updates during the swim you can follow Anna on Twitter @annawardley.
For more information go to annawardley.com.