Thousands expected to watch Christmas Weymouth Harbour swim

Thousands expected to watch Christmas Weymouth Harbour swim

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:05am 14th December 2019. (Updated at 8:23am 24th December 2019)

Thousands of spectators are expected to line Weymouth Harbour as they cheer on this year's Christmas Day swimmers.

Last year over 2,000 spectators turned out to support 400 brave swimmers at this annual Lions event.

The Swim has become a landmark event for the town, with participants raising cash for local good causes.

Last year over £20,000 was raised by the event organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club.

Weymouth Lions' Christmas Day harbour swim

It all started back in 1948 as a bet between two friends, Dill Laker (Landlord of the Duke of Cornwall public house) and Reggie Bugler (a local taxi driver). It has grown over recent years to be a great way to raise much needed cash for local charities.

Ryan Hope Club President said:

“Online tickets sales are selling fast already with 280 sold already and for safety reasons the number of swimmers is capped at 500 so people are urged to ‘shop early’.

“A ticket costs £10 a swimmer, which covers event costs and the remaining going into the club's charity account

“Start fundraising for your charity now and help the Lions make this year another record breaker.”

weymouth christmas day harbour swim

Here are the details if you want to take part:

  • The 70 metre plus distance starts from the Cove on Trinity Road and finishes across the water opposite the harbour master's office on Custom House Quay. 
  • Swimmers are split into up to 10 groups of 50, with some swimmers racing across the distance in just a few minutes.
  • The event should last less than an hour
  • It costs £10 to enter

Tickets can be purchased here.

This year the event has been sponsored by Weymouth and Portland chamber of Commerce.