Solent challenge will raise money for charity

Oakley and Dave Waterman
Oakley and Dave Waterman

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MORE than 20 men will be braving the Solent sea to take part in a charity swim.

In total 22 swimmers, supported by 22 people in kayakers, will be going from Gosport to the Isle of Wight.

The 4.2mile swim challenge is to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

It has been organised by Dave Waterman, father of Oakley, six, who died in 2005 from a rare form of cancer.

David said: ‘It was basically something a friend of ours mentioned.

‘Generally we do a run and or a ride, but we wanted to do something different.

‘A barbecue was out of the question, and then we thought we would get in training to swim the Solent.

‘It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be to set up.

‘We thought you rang the harbour master and let them know and that would be it.

‘But we’ve had to do a lot more training and preparation.

‘We took lessons from Christmas and needed to get work on breathing and technique and getting comfortable enough to the sea.

‘We can’t wait to go.

‘As soon as we were in the sea and the further we got, it was an incredible feeling and we’re loving it.’

The challenge takes place on Wednesday.

The swimmers are due to set out from Browndown Point, in Stokes Bay, and will end in Ryde.