Plans have been revealed for a new attempt on the Big Minch Swim, set to take place in June this year.

Paul Finnegan of Harris and Stornoway’s Colin Macleod will attempt to swim the 25 miles between Gairloch and Lemreway in Lochs, to raise funds for Western Isles Community Care Forum and Cancer Research UK. 

Both Paul and Colin successfully swam the 15-mile Little Minch channel between Skye and Harris, in June last year.

If they succeed, they’ll be the first men to solo swim across the Big Minch channel.

Colin’s first attempt last year was abandoned as Colleen Blair successfully became the first person to complete the crossing on July 8th.

On that occasion, Colin was rescued when he became separated from his support crew, though he was still swimming strongly when he was taken from the water.

For this attempt, each swimmer will have their own support boat and kayakers to guide them across the 25-mile Big Minch channel.  

The swim will be classified as a ‘solo’ attempt as they will not swim in relays and each has an equal chance of success.

The swim route is shown in the picture.

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