From Spain to the Solent, Anna is all set for island swim

Anna Wardley during her swim round Dragonera island, Mallorca. Picture by Culture Sport 365.
Anna Wardley during her swim round Dragonera island, Mallorca. Picture by Culture Sport 365.
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SUPER swimmer Anna Wardley has completed her first island swim – and now she has her sights on Portsmouth.

The 36-year-old, from Alverstoke in Gosport, is attempting to swim around five different islands over the next two years.

She has completed her first challenge, a seven-mile swim around the uninhabited island of Dragonera in Mallorca.

Next, Anna has to prepare herself for a 12-mile swim in the much-colder waters around Portsea Island.

Anna said: ‘It was a fantastic experience.

‘It was nice to be swimming in the Mediterranean which is a lot warmer than the Solent.

‘But it was actually more difficult then I expected it to be because there was quite a strong current around one part of the island.

‘Now I’m just trying to psych myself up for the next one in the cold.’

On June 19, Anna will dive into the Solent to swim around Portsea Island.

Then she will tackle a 41-mile swim around Jersey.

Next year, she will finish off her challenge by swimming around Tiree in Scotland and the Isle of Wight.

Portsmouth waters are expected to be around 13C (55F) for the swim next month.

For her swim in Mallorca on Sunday, the water was around 19C (66F).

‘I’m really looking forward to it,’ Anna added.

‘It will be great to swim around Portsea Island because it is so close to home.

‘I will have all the support of my friends and it will be nice because other people can come out to support me.

‘I’m not looking forward to the cold but at least I know all the landmarks so I will know how much I have left to go.’

Anna is raising money for Gosport-based sailing charity Toe in the Water, the Samaritans and Sail Africa as part of her island swimming challenge.

She hopes to collect £50,000 as part of her Turning the Tide campaign.

To donate or to read more about her progress, visit annawardley.com.