Last weekend I participated in the Battle of Rande, a long distance open water swimming event in the bay of Vigo, Spain. It was the 7th edition of this event, which is held every year in honor of the late Carlos Conde.
By all accounts it was an epic swim. First, the distance alone – 27 km – makes this swim one of the toughest in Spain. Then, there is the setting: in the beautiful bay of Vigo with starting point in pristine Islas Cies, a natural reserve and home to Rodas beach – arguably the most beautiful beach in the world. And of course the swimmers and all the volunteers that take part in the event- it was a great experience!
Not only is the setting beautiful, but the conditions it presents only add to the epic: open Atlantic ocean with 1 to 1,5 meter waves, water temperature as low as 14 Celsius, winds of up to 14 knots, and strong tidal currents. In other words, it’s not for the faint of heart. But hey, at least it was a sunny day!