Ray and Mel Williams swam in the Sail Fish Open Water Event in Lanzarote on the 15 May. Mel completed the 1.9 km event, with very tough conditions in around the 1 h, with timing difficulties precluding an accurate result. Ray entered the 3.8 km (2×1900 course) event. The sea was getting rougher as time went on, Ray completed the 1st lap in 34.15 and the poor conditions slowed him down slightly on the second lap, finishing in 01:10:31 (2nd MV55) and was 63rd out of 120 finishers.


Rob Woodward and Ray Williams made up remainder of the jet-set group, taking part in the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water Swim as part of their Ironman preparation. The race was scheduled to be two laps of a 1900m course, providing them with the Ironman distance; however, the course ended up being 4220m – about 2.7 miles – with 92 competitors entering the event. Ray started well, completing his first lap in just over 33 min and holding on to finish the second lap in a similar time. Ray managed to keep close to a pack of some six other swimmers who dragged him to a finish time of 1.07.21, 47th over all and 3rd in his age group. Rob had a great race, this  being only his second sea swim of the year. He completed the two laps in a time of 1.17.38, to place  65th overall and 2nd  in his age group. Both Rob and Ray were very pleased with their times and are looking forward to the Lanzarote Ironman that starts on Saturday 23 May.