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Andrew Stevens from Perth, Australia, and two of his mates took on the 15km Bonifacio Strait from Corsica to Sardinia

It is unfortunate that the Bocche di Bonifacio swim is not better known internationally as it could have accommodated at least 30 swimmers on the day, rather than just the nine of us who took part, and it is a lovely middle-distance open water swim, in a world class location.

I was there with my two swimming mates, Mauritian Jose de Charmoy and South African Mike Oberholzer. Although we are all well into our 60s and I only learned to swim front crawl at the age of 52 we’ve had some fantastic swimming adventures over the years.

The inspiration for swimming from Corsica to Sardinia came from reading about South African long-distance swimmer Carina Bruwer’s crossing a few years previously. It became something of a dream of ours and we started to make enquiries.

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In this issue we explore cold water swimming and ageing in ‘The Tonic of Longevity’; Lindsey Cole, the Urban Mermaid, tells the story behind her swim of the length of the Thames collecting litter; we have psychological tips to help you deal with cold water; Elaine Howley celebrates pioneering Victorian swimming heroine Agnes Beckwith; and coach James Ewart explains how to swim faster by swimming slowly: it’s all in the maths! Plus, event reviews from Norfolk to Bermuda, warming winter recipes, swimming from Corsica to Sardinia and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.