The Solent Swim Challenge launched by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Anna Wardley wbhich was due to take place on Sunday has been postponed due to forecast strong winds.
The event has been rescheduled for the contingency date of Sunday 5 October.
Twenty-one swimmers from across the south of England were due to take the plunge on Sunday morning to tackle the 2.5-nautical mile course across the Solent from Stokes Bay, Gosport, to Ryde Sands on the Isle of Wight.
Anna Wardley, who last year swam non-stop around the Isle of Wight, explains, “The safety of the swimmers and our support crew has always been our absolute number one priority. We have been receiving in depth weather forecasts from our meteorologist, Simon Rowell, and the wind forecast has steadily worsened through the week. Now, with the forecast at 15-20 knots, gusting between five and seven knots more than that during the planned time of the swim, it means it’s not safe to go ahead. In addition the wave height is forecast to be 1.2 metres, which would make it impossible to maintain constant visual contact with the swimmers. Having been in this position myself during my endurance swims, I know it is frustrating for the swimmers who have been training to be in peak physical condition for Sunday, but the weather is part of the challenge of open water swimming.”
The swimmers have so far raised more than £22,000 including their entry fees, for the Isle of Wight-based charity which takes young people aged between 8 and 24 sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer.
Clare Ryan from the Trust said, “We would just like to say a huge thank you to all of our swimmers, volunteers, supporters and crew who have dedicated so much time and effort into preparing for this challenge. We are now putting all of our efforts into planning our contingency date 5 October 2014. We are overwhelmed at how understanding our swimmers have been and would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Trust.”
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has this morning welcomed news from the Government that the long awaited Stubbington bypass has finally received the go-ahead.
In response to the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s bid for a funding package to ease congestion in Gosport and Fareham, the Government has agreed to an initial investment of £19.7 million which will be used for preliminary work on the Stubbington bypass.
In addition, the Government has agreed to work with the Solent LEP to negotiate a phase of co-investment to support road improvements on the Gosport peninsula, namely the construction of the Stubbington bypass.
For decades, the Gosport peninsula has been in desperate need of an additional access road so today’s announcement of the first tranche of money to build a new access road is landmark news. Not only would this new road cut travelling times for long suffering commuters, it would also make our area more attractive to investors and help to create jobs locally. Having worked hard to secure this new road for the past four years, I am delighted that the ministerial visits and meetings have paid off and that the Government has recognised our very real need for a decent access road to Gosport."
If you've always dreamed of managing a fort then this may be the perfect job for you. No Man's Land in the Solent is looking for a manager when it opens later this year. However you may need your own boat or helicopter to get to work as the fort can't be accessed any other way!
No Man's Land Fort is one of three 19th century grade II listed forts in the middle of the Solent. A private island with 22 bedrooms, plenty of luxurious function spaces and unparalleled privacy, No Man's Land Fort needs a manager to rule the fort, which will open its doors in autumn 2014.
Accessed only by boat or helicopter, the chosen manager will boast the most stylish daily commute and can take advantage of other perks such as hosting laser fort parties and being the envy of every sailor in the Solent.
The Government is investing seven million pounds in a new enterprise zone in Oxford to promote science jobs in the local economy. It's estimated that the bioscience innovation hub will create up to 370 new jobs. It's part of a range of measures announced by Ministers today.
ITV Meridian spoke to Kris Hopkins MP, Communities Minister.
A jet skier has been fined for breaking the 10 knot speed limit at Lee-on-the-Solent.
A member of the public was close to the shack café at Hill Head beach in July when he saw a red and white jet-ski travelling west to east, close to the shore and at very high speeds.
He described how a large wake was generated by the craft, and he estimated the jet-ski was travelling at between 35 and 40 knots and was no more than an arm’s length from adults and children swimming in the water.
Chris Cronin of Walnut close, Bicester has been found guilty of two offences- operating a jet-ski in the dockyard port area without the requisite QHM licence and at a speed in excess of the 10 knots speed limit. He was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs.