St Kitts and Nevis: “Just me, the sea, and the scenery”


“Swimming the Caribbean waters in the annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross-Channel swim is more fun than you might imagine,” says Jonathan Knott. Here are just a few excerpts; I highly recommend reading this exciting article in its entirety.

Slowing down to tread water in the warm sea, I turned to look back at a spectacular sight: the cone of the volcano that is the defining feature of the lush Caribbean island of Nevis, originally formed by an eruption. The volcano stands one kilometre tall, but its top was submerged in puffy white clouds; way down beneath, I spotted the quiet, palm-dotted beach where earlier I had been standing slightly anxiously, waiting to get started in the annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross-Channel Swim.

At the time I had wondered what on earth had induced me to sign up for this and had very real fears that I might not make it to what, from that point of view, appeared to be the very distant (albeit alluring) peaks of St Kitts.

By the time I turned to look back I’d already covered some distance and, although there was still some way to go, I allowed myself the luxury of relaxing for a few seconds to take in the splendour of the scenery. Swimming against the backdrop of not one but two Caribbean islands beats pounding up and down the lanes of my local pool any day.

There was, however, a problem. The shortest distance between the two islands is four kilometres (2.5 miles) and although that may not be quite in the same league as the English Channel, it still seems quite a way when you’re somewhere near the middle of it. [. . .]

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