Afternoon races from 4pm (this may change very slightly when announced on the website).

We will be back soon with news of ‘brand new routes’ which will help eliminate cancelling due to rough weather.

We can’t wait to share the news. Website opening soon…

The Big Swim Team

This year was a tough one for The Big Swim! The unprecedented early August summer weather has disappointed many events, from small fetes to large festivals, but thankfully due to the spirit and planning, hundreds swam in the harbour in Port Isaac. The feedback was great, and there were many comments on how ‘hard the course was’, despite being in the harbour.

With everyone completing the mile in a crazy ‘all in race’ around the mapped out course in Port Isaac, swimmers thankfully still got the swim despite the rough sea. Of course let’s not forget the incredible ‘little swimmers’ who also swam in the harbour crossing the finishing line, to excited and tearful parents.

The Big Party rounded off the day with epic performances from our own local Jamie Hewitt, Freshly Squeezed, Antimatador and Jack Be Nimble. Huge thanks to John Brays and Partners who again sponsored the amazing stage, and to Sam Williams and sound team who once again gave you a night to remember.

Not forgetting our sponsor, SHARP’S who are now renowned for being very generous and giving all those lucky swimmers (over 18) a FREE delicious pint of their choice at the Sharp’s Bar!

The energy and atmosphere once the races started, was electric, as swimmers went all out to achieve their best possible time. Congratulations to all the winners who swam the distance in exceptional times.

Winning male: Ryan Huckell in a staggering 17:36:30!!!
Winning female: Trish Brennan 20:30:80 very impressive!

Sadly numbers of swimmers who turned up on the day were down. Due to this, the money raised is less than last year, with many no shows that didn’t bring sponsorship. Understandable, but sad for our charities, which is what this event is all about.

HOWEVER, for those who did swim and continue to support this event, we hope to see you all again next year. We are due a great swim in 2018.


  • Our wonderful sponsor SHARP’S BREWERY for all their continued support, FREE pints to all the swimmers, donating from the bar sales to charity and their fab team and continued encouragement.
  • JOHN BRAY AND PARTNERS for again sponsoring our fantastic stage!!!
  • Special thanks to ROCK TORS and POLZEATH LIFE SAVING CLUB who provided water safety on the day under the organisation of Richard Sanders.
  • EVERYONE who volunteered and helped who make this day such a success! There are too many to mention but you know who you are. We couldn’t do it without you. Andy Penny, who works his socks off all day – thank you. You’re a star.

We are delighted to have been able to donate this year’s proceeds of the swim to:

  • £2,500 The Cornwall Air Ambulance
    (For their amazing work to get people to safety as fast as possible)
  • £2,500 Port Isaac RNLI
    (Who save so many lives and of course who we can call on, ‘just in case’!!!)
  • £2,000 The Little Harbour Hospice
    (A wonderful charity caring for Cornwall’s children)
  • £2,500 National Lobster Hatchery
    (For their incredible work in marine conservation, education and research in these fragile coastal communities)
  • £1,500 Polzeath Life Saving Club
    (for this year’s Water Safety Team)
  • £1,000 Village Hall Fund
    (for the new building work)
  • £1000 Trewetha, Port Isaac DEFRIB machine
    (towards a machine for all to use)


Last year’s money raised was £16,000.

That means that since 2011 YOU have raised £73,461.37 for local charities.

Thank you all for your continued support.

You can see the swim times for 2017 HERE

Set yourself ‘the challenge of the summer’ whilst spending the weekend in the gorgeous coastal villages of Port Isaac and Port Gaverne. Choose from a selection of races to challenge you, swim for fun or come back to beat your last year’s personal best! If you are new to ‘The Big Swim’, welcome!

The Big Swim was initiated by Sarah Coates, who wanted to inspire locals and visitors to utilise this amazing natural resource on their doorstep and take to the open water to push boundaries, create a fun personal challenge whilst raising money for local charities that support our fragile coastal communities.

Last year hundreds of you swam, then relaxed and listened to the music line up, which was fantastic, and the party continued on The Platt until midnight.

Sharp’s Brewery remains our fabulous sponsor and donates a FREE pint to every swimmer after the race of delicious Sharp’s beer.

This year John Bray are sponsoring the sound stage right on the Slipway, Port Isaac. John Bray is an established Estate Agent and Holiday Letting Agency with over 40 years experience, specialising in properties in Port Isaac, Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock. As a local company with a base in Port Isaac, they are delighted to support The Big Party! raising money for local and other good causes.

Our two local campsites are ready to welcome you once again. We had some lovely feedback from swimmers last year who stayed at the campsites.

The Big Swim Campsite: Pennant Farm, St Endellion, Port Isaac, PL29 3TP. Call Mark or Carol on 01208 880574 or 07979 368607, or email them at [email protected]. £10 per adult.

‘Glam Tipi Camping’ – Cornish Tipi Holidays, St. Teath, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3LW. Call Lizzie on 01208 880781 or visit