Britain’s Ocean City to give warm – and wet – welcome to Lewis

A package of sea and swimming-related events is being organised in honour of Plymouth-born Lewis Pugh’s arrival into Britain’s Ocean City.

Lewis Pugh is UN Patron of the Oceans and is currently on The Long Swim, an attempt to swim the full length of the English Channel. He started in Land’s End on Thursday 12 July and is expected in Plymouth on 20 July.

The Long Swim is part of a worldwide campaign entitled Action for Oceans, an initiative that is calling on governments to fully protect at least 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030. FXTM is the lead partner on the Long Swim and Speedo is the official partner.

Lewis is arriving – time and tide permitting – on Friday afternoon and will be invited to a series of events which showcase Plymouth at its best. In order to keep on track for his mission, Lewis has to swim 10 km a day on his open water channel course. To make his visit to Plymouth possible, local superyacht company Princess Yachts will be fast transferring him to and from the team’s catamaran each day.

Events include:

  • A cream tea with the Lord Mayor on Friday 20 followed by a reception at National Marine Aquarium
  • A swimming event at Tinside – hosted by Speedo, who are sponsoring the marathon mission. Speedo will provide 800 swim passes – split between morning and afternoon sessions – and special guests includes Jazz Carlin, double Olympic silver medallist and community swimming group Swim Dem Crew – a separate release is available
  • Wild swimming sessions in the Sound on Saturday

Deputy leader for the Council, Peter Smith said: “We wanted to make the most of Lewis’s return to Plymouth – the place of his birth. As Britain’s Ocean City, we are extremely proud of the passion and commitment Lewis shows about the oceans.

“His incredible swim could not come at a more crucial time. As a city we have just launched our plan for plastics and our waterfront area is the first UK city to have been awarded the ‘Plastic Free Communities’ status by Surfers Against Sewage.

“Organisations, businesses and residents are all uniting to tackle single use plastics and plastic pollution in Plymouth – and there’s huge support for it.

“We are not just tackling plastics. Like Lewis, we know how important the waters are around our coasts and are looking at how Plymouth could have the first marine park on its doorstep.”

Tinside Pool will be open only to those who register for a free swim on 21 July.

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