Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

The Blue Mile is back with a new charity partner, the Shark Trust. This year participants in the popular one-mile event in Plymouth will raise money for the charity, which works globally to safeguard the future of the iconic species. The event aims to raise £10,000 to support the Trust.

“Our current No Limits? campaign targets an end to unmanaged shark fisheries in the Atlantic,” said the charity’s managing director, Paul Cox. “Without sharks, marine ecosystems face an uncertain future and wide support is paramount to securing a future for several key local shark species including the valued Blue Shark – a regular visitor to our own coastal waters.”
The Rockfish Blue Mile will take place on Saturday 5 September in Plymouth on the opening weekend of the Ocean City Festival. The event will start from the historic Mayflower Steps, with participants swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding their way around the waterfront in a one-mile circular course.
The Blue Mile was created by triple round-the-world sailor and ocean advocate, Conrad Humphreys, with the aim of encouraging the nation to get active in support of the blue environment.
“The goal of the Blue Mile has always been to connect people with our blue environment and encourage the nation to get out and enjoy our wonderful coastline,” said Humphreys. “We’ve got a range of disciplines and we want people to sign up to take part and, crucially, to get family and friends to sponsor them.”
Visit for more information and to register to take part.

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