Monday, 14 April 2014
Swimming into the sunrise
The predicted conditions were converging in what seemed like a perfect combination for a dawn swim in Torquay: full sunshine, very little wind, and a high tide. So we decided to go for it. As we set off the dawn chorus was deafening. It was already light and when we got to the beach there was a warm pink glow to the east, behind the Big Wheel. As we changed, the colours did too. a constant evolution from pink to orange to yellow. We slipped into the water and swam towards the sunrise. The sea was like silk. We started to swim around Corbyn Head, a sandstone headland studded with caves, and a few moments later the sun popped up over the houses in the distance, bathing the cliffs in gentle yellow light.