- Our 2011 swimmers before going on stage...
- One of the swimmers gliding through the sea...
- Debut swimmer Doddy before the big jump off!
- Another happy swimmer...
- Limbering up!
My name is Douglas, and Bestival 2012 was one of the best weekends of my life; really long sunny days running around with friends dressed as penguins, listening to fantastic music, having blissfully left behind any worries behind me on the UK mainland.
I want that again. It's going to be tough to match it, but the fact that I get to Swim2Bestival could be the best possible way to begin the adventure this year. I've always loved being in the water, and I can't wait for the chance to actually swim TO somewhere! I'll be swimming for Shelter, so wish me luck.
See you in the Solent!
I’m 25 and from the sunny seaside resort of Bognor Regis. I’m pretty into my festivals, but this shall be my maiden voyage to HMS Bestival. So I’m terribly excited about the whole thing. I’m also a MASSIVE Elton John fan, so if you bump into an over-enthusiastic crocodile rockin’ around the park, this could be me (or any of the other non-original folk who decide to dress up as crocodiles). I used to be pretty good at swimming back in the day, so am hoping this will carry me through with as little training as possible. I’ll be fundraising for the RNLI as being a big sea lover, this is a cause I hold very close to my heart. Let’s hope they don’t need to intervene in our little jolly over to Bestival!
I love doing challenges, whether it is cycling for hours over the Alps or trying for days to land new kendama* tricks, challenges keep me going. Since doing a triathlon in 2011 I've looked at stretches of water between islands and thought "I could swim that", and I think it is about time I actually gave it a go. So far my challenges have been simply personal endeavours but Swim2Bestival is a great opportunity not only to test myself but also to raise some money for a worthy cause.
My girlfriend, Sally (who is also swimming to Bestival!), has dedicated many hours to Kids company, a London based charity who help the most disadvantaged children in our society. I am always hearing about the great work they do at a very real and personal level with these kids and I see Swim2Bestival as a great opportunity to get involved, raise some money and help them out as much as I can.
We have big plans for fundraising (the homebrew is brewing and we've got a playlist full of Snoop and Elton), I've got my Dad's second hand wetsuit, and we are making friends with the birds of Hampstead Heath ponds already!
Follow our progress and read more about our fundraising on the blog:
After raving at Bestival in a field last year with a few looneys from my university water polo team who survived the swim I knew I wanted to get involved with Swim2Bestival. Not only does the swim stand as a challenge unlike anything I've done before but it also raises money for charity and gives me an excuse to be regularly thrashing it out in the pool. People keep pointing out that I/the entire thing is 'mental' which, if anything, spurs me on and wholly ties in with the Bestival theme of utter madness and fun.
Hey I’m Eron. I’m an art student –the kind that looks at something but describes it as something that it’s obviously not, in a seemingly intelligent way. Using phrases like, “It’s a bit like…” or “It reminds me of…” …yeah I’m one of those.
Swimming and music are probably the best things the world. When someone told me that I could combine the two in the name of charity, I was all over that.
(also anyone else who likes swimming and music should get a submersible mp3 – they’re awesome)
I’m Neil, I’m an engineer from Edinburgh, and I’m chuffed to be Swimming to Bestival (not all the way, mind, only the Solvent).
As this year’s theme is “HMS Bestival”, it seemed like the only way to get aboard - and hopefully I can raise some money for WaterAid and while I’m at it. WaterAid provide access to safe water and sanitation around the world – something we take for granted, but is all too often absent in the developing countries making things as embarrassingly treatable as diarrhoea potentially deadly.
If you’re setting sail for the good ship Bestival, you might see me gracefully gliding through the waves on the way. Pretty unlikely. I need to figure out where the local baths are, dust off my Speedos and build my swimming skills back up from (Snoop) Doggy paddle. So probably just see you on the other side.
Hi my name is Mist, I’m 21 and I’m going into my final year of illustration at Solent Uni.
One of my life goals is the swim the English Channel, but I thought I should start a little smaller… and since seeing last year’s swimmers on stage last year, I said to my friends “I’m going to do that next year”. They told me that I’m crazy (and they’re probably right) but here I am with the amazing opportunity to swim to Bestival, lucky me!
I’m swimming to raise money for 3 charities: Save the Children- a global charity working in 120 countries to save lives and fight for the rights of children, YoungMinds- a charity which aims to improve the mental health of children and young people in Britain and the Island’s Youth Water Activities Centre- a great local charity which benefits young people on the Isle of Wight.
Can’t wait for that awesome feeling of standing on stage at Bestival knowing I’ve just braved the Solent to get there! I better start training…
I think it was while I was (unsuccessfully) trying to do an all-nighter at the library did I heard about the swim2bestival challenge. Even in my state of half slumber half caffeine, I knew this was something I had to get involved in. Last year I had the most incredible time watching acts like the legend Stevie Wonder and hoping to make this year even more epic by donning the goose fat and goggles and travelling in style!
What better reward could there be after swimming the Solent than Bestival shenanigans and merry-making? This year I’ll be raising money for Birmingham Children’s hospital charity so please dig dip and sponsor me! Hopefully I’ll be signed, sealed and delivered to Bestival just in time to see you all there!
Hi everyone :) my name is Megan Stanton, I’m 23 and looking forward to the swim! I've ALWAYS loved really silly, tacky fancy dress and can't wait to make novelty Elton John swimming goggles for the swim2Bestival! I also want to sew loads of sequins and gems to my wetsuit Elton style. I currently live in London and I've just finished my degree in Sculpture and I have NO IDEA what I want to do apart from something to do with the Arts! :)
I'm hoping Snoop Lion can give me some advice ;) Swim2Bestival is literally the best idea ever and I’m super happy to be doing it for a good cause... I'm raising money for Arts 4 Wellbeing which is a very hard working and passionate organisation working with people with mental health needs, physical disabilities and learning disabilities in South Tyneside; which is where I’m originally from :)
I'm SO excited for the swim because by chance my best friend Stevie and festival partner in crime is swimming as well!!!! We love our beers and can't wait to meet all the other swimmers and have an exhausted lager/whiskey/jager/ALL the drink on the other side!
Hello readers! My name is Katie, and I, am an addict... Phew that felt good. I am addicted to any challenge and above all a bit of 'friendly competition' with the boyfriend. So when we talked about swimming Bestival on our first date, the scene was set for the most fiercely competitive journey that the south coast sea has ever seen. However to not endanger the reputation of swim to Bestival we have agreed to keep it civilised.
Seriously I can't think of a better way to start the weekend and we will be raising money for Prostate Cancer.
I'll see you at the start line, bikini on, sabotage tactics in the bag, ready to smash it!
Reuben is my name, I am an International Super Hacker and plant enthusiast who suffers from Aqua-phobia. Aqua-phobia is a term with Latin come Greek origins; aqua meaning water and phobia meaning a morbid fear. Thus I am petrified of water and I am partaking in this epic event in order to over-come this fear.
My inspiration, along with my bicycle Lucille, is an inspiring young boy that I once met, in previous life as a Primary School teacher, by the name of Harry Moseley. Whilst battling an inoperable brain tumour, Harry was inspired to make a difference to all people with brain cancer. He began by making and selling beaded bracelets to set up his campaign and then within the space of just over two years Harry had organised and attended nearly 100 events to raise money for and awareness of Brain Cancer. Sadly Harry lost his fight and passed away peacefully in October 2011. His legacy however lives on so please support me to support him. Help Harry Help Others.
Live Art is my game. Cancer is my cause.
Follow my progress here: http://sinkorsing.tumblr.com/
Two years ago, I lived in Tehran with my aunt while she had cancer. For six months, I swam three times a week at the local pool. Enjoying my little freedom in that oppressive country, I used to glide through the Olympic sized pool on ladies-only days, doing laps of the old grannies and splashing toddlers. I'd pretend I was a great sea bird or some kind of champion mermaid. My aunt's chemo forbade her from coming swimming with me; she gave me her goggles and swim cap because she knew she wouldn't need them anymore.
Basically, I want to swim to Bestival wearing a GoPro camera, singing the whole way. Singing a ballad about fate and faith, about endurance and an attempt to do the impossible. To swim and sing simultaneously as an impossible task, and I hope to reflect that impossibility back onto the concepts of fate and time. As well as creating audio and video documentation of the sung-swim itself, I shall be documenting the training process and creating performance miniatures around the physical, mental and emotional transformations that occur during the training period. Durational, technological, song-based: that's my live art. And I want to swim to Bestival to make my art, to do something truly extraordinary to raise money for the battle to end cancer, and to remember my aunt who inspired me to do extraordinary things with my life.
You can, and really should, sponsor this endeavour: www.virginmoneygiving.com/SaraZaltashSinkorSing
To make all this happen, I am moving to Gloucestershire for the summer. The Owl Barn in Calmsden is a community of artists, makers and thinkers who have accepted this project for a three-month residency programme. Living minutes away from The Cotswold lakes, I shall be packing the philosophies of Henri Bergson, François Laruelle and Maurice Blanchot and taking to the lakes almost daily to get myself in shape. My studio time will be spent painting, sculpting and printing documentation of that process. In the relative peace of the Cotswolds, I hope to craft a rigorous training regime that incorporates yoga, creative exploration and songs alongside more traditional methods. Beginning from the moment I begin training on 1st June and ending when I reach Bestival on 5th September, this will be the longest durational performance that I have undertaken.
Wish me luck!
Holla, word up, my name is Sophie and I am one half of Sicky (Sophie & Vicky) we’re named that cos we’re sick in the water, in the true gangster sense. I’m often compared to an otter when swimming and this is enhanced by my small head and powerful body. This makes me sound like a beast, I’m not. I am very excited to be paddling my way to Bestival and am going to do my best to swim like fish and get there as quick as possible to make all the charitable donations count :)
I'm Kai, I live in London and I'm a rubbish swimmer.
I've wanted to do the Swim2Bestival because it seems like a wicked challenge and the easiest way to get an on-stage appearance, unless you're Elton John of course. My first Bestival was in 2010 - the year of the Fantastic - and I've been every year since.
The person I'm looking forward to seeing most at Bestival, is the-one-and-only Mr. Motivator and in true Bestival spirit, I have agreed to swim in a Mr. Motivator leotard if I can raise more than £1,000 for Syria Relief. My favourite quote and perhaps the one that has shaped my whole existence comes from the prelude to the Gin & Juice music video: "Snoop Doggy Dog? You need to get a jobby job!"
I’ve heard the boat is hard work to Bestival and it being one the only major festivals which I’ve not been to so I decided to swim instead- thankfully I don’t have to do it alone!
I love swimming, but have a very unnecessary fear of seaweed and crabs, no joke they make me cry - so it is going to be an interesting swim! I am always looking out for new and exciting challenges and if it warrants fundraising for my favourite Charity Kids Company then I am signed, sealed and delivered.
This isn’t some type of fundraiser that I am doing for my own desires alone- there are sharks out there!!
Kids Company is a London based charity which helps support vulnerable and traumatised children, young people and often their families through times of despair and desperation –through creative emotional and practical support. The charity and all its wonderful staff/volunteers/children have a strong values system and providing kindness and love are the foundations. I am swimming to Bestival for Love and Kindness – Please show yours and donate ☺
If I raise over £300 by the September 5th I will ditch the wetsuit and swim in the beautiful fluro swimsuit only. Let the race commence…….
Please see our blog to see how our training is going.... in the freezing ponds of Hampstead heath and our ongoing commitment to the Swim, Charity and of course- Elton John.
Some claim he's half man, half fish. Others are pretty sure that's just what he smells like. Regardless, Kev Tungatt was born for the water; he's sure as hell useless everywhere else.
Rumours abound that he's a grotesque by-product of a cold war weapons program of the late 80’s that somehow escaped and semi-integrated into society. Others believe that he came from a distant, water-covered planet and helped inspire the epic Kevin Costner film, Waterworld. One of the more outlandish theories state that he started swimming regularly and got quite good at it.
Regardless of his origins, Kev honed his swimming skills and began competing at the tender age of 8. His grit and determination in the pool have helped him consistently achieve mediocrity in the competitive arena for 17 years.
In search of a new challenge, Kev turned his eyes to the sea. As a Bestivalian for the past 3 years, Swim2Bestival is the perfect channel for his powers. Untested on open water, he plans to face this trial the same way he faces everything; semi-naked with arms flailing. Will Kev have an untimely death at the hands of the icy mistress they call the Solent? Most likely, but he'll do it with a style and panache all of his own!
Should he survive he'll donate to Teens Unite, who support young people fighting cancer. Even if he's dragged to a watery grave, Rob Da Bank's lawyers have seen to it that the entire Kev Tungatt estate is given away to charity. It's win-win people!
As a born and bred Isle of Wighter I have had the pleasure of swimming our beautiful shores for as long as I can remember, always marvelling at how close the ‘mainland’ looks, whilst thinking I want to swim that.
Well after 3 babies, and my breeding boots well and truly hung up, I’m going to combine two of my favourite things, swimming and Bestival!
I’m going to raise money for Sudden Adult Arrhythmic Death (SAD) in memory of a young Island mother who died at home whilst looking after her little girl.
Heyy I’m Stevie.
I signed up to Swim2Bestival after sitting behind last year’s swimmers before they went on the main stage and I specifically remember being very jealous of their T-shirts and the fact they got to chat to Dave the Unicorn, so it’s with deluded optimism that we signed up. I’m the unfittest person ever so there is a genuine fear that I may die on this swim but hopefully that will just mean that more people will want to sponsor my endeavour and that we can raise a lot of cash for Arts 4 Wellbeing which is a charity in South Shields. Me and my best friend Meg are both swimming so look out for us on the other side and we'll all have some beers. ELTON JOHN WOOO!!!
Hailing downstream of the great stink, I was raised an aquatic creature from birth. I made my way downriver towards the big blue but got caught up in the whirlpool of the big bad city. Dub be good to me (here, now & at Bestival). Previous visits to the great Isle for this legendry September event have seen my gills, fins & scales hidden under a Smurf disguise & a Poddington Pea get-up; although this year’s costume will be kept private due to the public nature of my attendance.
Promising to be up there with my greatest physical achievements, probably second only to recovering from Bestival 2010, I’m really looking forward to making it across for the fun & games. Moreover, raising a princely sum for some worthy causes.
That’s all from me and I (somewhat presumptuously, giving the challenge I face), hope to see you in Chai Waller’s at 4am.
I am swimming to Bestival because I really like the idea of swimming from somewhere to somewhere, not just up and down a pool. You can’t really exercise at festivals and swimming across will help to stave off the wriggles and help to justify the beers and festival food. Plus, the swim is an excuse to raise money for a good cause (my chosen charity is Kids Company: http://www.kidsco.org.uk/).
Music festivals and endurance sport are two of my favourite things so I am really excited to be going to Bestival and combining it with the excitement of open water swimming to the island. I’m so glad I’ve got an entry and it’s too good to miss! I think early morning training may turn out to be harder than the actual swim itself and I’m really hoping I can raise a decent amount for charity in the process.
My name is Ben and I like to dive into things head first.. hence why I took it upon myself to enter my Girlfriend at the same time.. days after our first date!
Now I only have to learn to swim in time and impress her... right? Only joking, I can swim.. I have my swim badges sewn to my budgie smugglers!
We are raising money for Prostate Cancer and what a way to do it. I will see you all on main stage waving at all our new fans we make doing this!
Hi everyone. Looks like someone accidentally approved my ill-conceived application to try and drown myself in the Solent, and, given that we're now at the 'sharing' stage... :P
Hey, my name's James. :-) I've just finished my finals in English lit and Philosophy at Cardiff Uni so, as I'm sure anyone who's just finished a humanities degree can appreciate, I'm at something of a loose end. (They looked so damn sophisticated in the prospectus, didn't they...?) Consequently thrilled to find myself with an opportunity to share my 3 years of literary and poetic genius with Snoop. Chill, meet the homies. Will doubtless shortly be releasing a single.
And on that happy day, I shall definitely make sure a slice of the proceeds go to the two VERY worthwhile charities I'm currently swimming for; Alzheimer's UK and IYWAC, the one securing our intellectual future, the other providing good, clean, water-based fun to the youth demographic of the I of W.
Looking forward to seeing you all there, promises to be all dangerous kinds of crazy. :-)
Should probably get back to training now, as had my first session the other day, and looked like a brick. Still, best foot forward, eh? should be fine, worse things happen at...
Bugger. Wish me luck.
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Good day Bestivalers – my name is Elise and this year, I'm swimming to Bestival! I have been part of the safety kayak Swim to Bestival team for 4 wonderful Septembers now, and the time has come for me to finally ditch the paddle and fashion the goggles – grab the goosefat and attack the Solent wind chop with passion only lifeguards know how. Although the Pammy swimsuit will be safely hung up in Cornwall – who knows what colourful array of trinkets and jewels I will find in my fancy dress box this year... I hope you're as excited as me HMS Bestival. Let the ship set sail!
I will be raising money for the wonderful plymouth Music Zone (PMZ) who intuitively use music as a tool for everyday well being for everyone aged between 0-99... you can find out what good work they're up to here... http://www.plymouthmusiczone.org.uk. See you soon!