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Sponsored Swim: Day Four Begins!

By Christopher Woodward, Director

Wednesday 4th November 2020

It’s a sunny morning in Newlyn and I’m off to sea for Day Four of the swim from Newlyn to Tresco. 39 miles to go!

After the late October’s storm stopped play, Swimquest guides John and Alice are back as for a short period the tide is in our favour. The bay is calm, and swimming along the coast is absolutely fine – in fact, fun – but the challenge is that we must begin ten miles out in to The Atlantic, where the sea is much rougher. Yesterday we had to turn back as the sea had not settled after the storms. But today is looking more optimistic and on the horizon will be Wolf Rock Lighthouse, built on a reef by Victorian engineers. It took eight years, owing to waves and tides.

And, with earplugs in, and Force 4 wind, I shall be one of the few people on earth who will have no idea what is happening in the news!

The Museum, sadly, must close tomorrow. It is the second closure, but I am very proud that thanks to our team of staff and volunteers on 4th July we were the first Museum in London to re-open after the spring lockdown. And that so many people have been to see our exhibition about Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage garden in these last few months. And we are now set up for a digital programme: watch this space for films and talks you can enjoy from home.

This latest blow makes the donation you have made all the more valuable. Thank you.