Portsmouth News 20 July 2011 said:SEVEN Royal Navy divers have been hard at work training for a gruelling 13-mile swim around Portsea Island. The swimmers are from the Royal Navy Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Branches and will carry out their charity challenge on July 30.
It is being held to raise money for local Portsmouth charity Cystic Fibrosis Kids of Portsmouth, the Project Vernon Monument fund and charities which support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines [RNRMC].
Starting from Eastney beach at 9.30am they will swim north alongside the Eastern Road, round past the Royal Navy HQ on Whale Island, down past the Naval Base and Gunwharf Quays, before returning to Eastney. The team is aiming to complete the swim within seven hours...
...The team has set up a website for public donations at http://www.justgiving.com/Royal-navy-clearance-divers-and-friends-portsea-island-swim.
In fact, there will be eight swimmers including CPO(MW) 'Pinta' Beer who will only have completed cycling the 1,200 miles between all 13 towns and villages affiliated with the RN's Hunt Class minehunters (past and present) three days previously (Rum Ration link).
Available evidence indicates that this feat has only ever been performed twice before. Please give these guys and their worthy charities all the support you can.