Snow hit my part of the UK this week, and it looked beautiful. Even though traffic ground to a halt and untreated paths were hard to walk on safely, we couldn’t resist donning boots and going for a stomp. Back indoors with a cup of tea and a mince pie, reminiscing on my summer photos once again became irresistible.
This time I looked back to Sunday, 27th August when circa 80 brave swimmers raced from Plaka to Spinalonga in two groups. Those wearing white hats set off first to swim to Spinalonga and back. When they were nearly half way across the yellow hat group set off. In previous years the second group swam right around the island before returning to Plaka.
This year, the off shore wind was so fierce water spouts chased across the channel forcing the yellow hat group to swim to Spinalonga and back twice instead of around the island.
Many boats worked together to mark the correct channel, keep other vessels away and pick up those who found themselves in trouble.
Although it was gloriously sunny, the strong wind made watching uncomfortable, goodness knows what it did to swimming conditions. As this is the second time we’ve been spectators at this event, I guess it takes place every year. If you are in East Crete at the end of August look out for posters advertising the event, it makes a great spectacle.
Meanwhile, I look forward to my next trip to Plaka to enjoy the crystal clear waters close to shore.