Today my friend Catherine's black labrador Jessie became the first dog to swim around Burgh Island. Quite historic I think you'll agree. She started off by trying to herd us all together, and then realised she was on a hiding to nothing, and so kept as close to Catherine as she could. She was incredibly fast - none of us could keep up - although she did keep getting out onto the rocks for rests. She would then re-enter the water with a huge leap, making a massive splosh. After watching her technique underwater Kari observed that she looked like a 'prancing Icelandic pony'. Dogs aside, it was the most beautiful swim, in perfect conditions. The sea was flat calm and warm - 17.9 degrees - with fairly good visibility, so we had the perfect pootling circumnavigation, chatting, exploring gullies and pools, watching the shiny brown kelp swaying underneath us, and watching cormorants and seagulls.