This past month, we were passing around ideas about how to sum up 2021 for you. Then, as we often do, we began to scroll through our trove of SwimTrekker photos, from Sardinia's Emerald Coast to the Cascade Lakes of Oregon. Suddenly we found ourselves picking out a selection of some of our favourite shots and memories from around the world - further evidence that nothing (notwithstanding a pandemic) can get between a swimmer and their long-awaited patch of open water...
JANUARY | Thornton Allen, Emerald Coast Long Swims
FEBRUARY | Leigh Elliott, Greek Cyclades Short Swims
MARCH | Jane Weston, Lake and Tarns Weekender
APRIL | Sally McGrath, Introduction to Open Water - Brighton
MAY | Sally Smith, Lizard Peninsula
JUNE | Valentina McCoy, Outer Hebrides
JULY | Laura Legros, Milos Explorer
AUGUST | Katherine Heath, Western Lakes
SEPTEMBER | Patrick Gallagher, Cascade Lakes
OCTOBER | Lauren Newcomb, Dalmatian Coast
NOVEMBER | Michael Samway, British Virgin Islands
DECEMBER | Tim (SwimTrek Guide), Puerto Rico
And, finally, we've come to our pick for the best stand-out photo of 2021! We love all of the above, but somehow this particular shot just kept drawing us back. Maybe it's how irresistible this particular expanse of azure water looks. Or, it could be the suggestion of an adventurous crossing to a distant, uninhabited island - a highlight experience from our classic Milos trips. Whatever it is, Laura has definitely captured the thrill of riding calm seas and swimming between sunlit Greek Islands!
WINNER | Laura Legros, Milos Explorer Long Swims
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