The Solent is the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. It is about 20 miles long and varies in width between 2.5 - 5 miles, although the shingle Hurst Spit which projects 1.5 miles into the Solent narrows the sea crossing between Hurst Castle and Colwell Bay to just over a mile.
Open Water Swimming
- Nick Laker, a British open water swimmer, set the fastest known time across the Solent on 10 October 2021, swimming 2.22 km from Hurst Castle on the British mainland to Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight in 50 minutes 33 seconds.
- The Wild West Solent Swim is a 1.2-mile charity swim from Hurst Castle to Colwell Bay in England across the Solent. The Wild West Solent Swim is conducted in aid of West Wight Sports and Community Centre.
- The Solent Swim is another charity swim on behalf of Aspire.
Wild West Solent Swim
2016 Wild West Solent Swim Participants
Mark Bassom, Ali Bonnick, Lynn Brading-Palmer, Fanny Breteau, Stuart Chatfield, Alex Clements, Louise Coombs, Ellen Divver, Victoria Faulkner, Natasha Green, Antonia Greeves, Anna Griffith, Sam Grist, Adam Gutch, Chris Hayles, Sara Heinrich, Sven Herrmann, David Hollis, Stephanie Hubold, Maja Johannessen, Cathy Kay, Andrew Kendrick, Mark Lawson, Hugh McCann, Pete Millar, Irene Morrison, Ruth Noyes, Penny Noyes, Julia Olesinska, Anita Parker, Helen Ralfs, Jennifer Rooke, Kane Sears, Terry Sears, Simon Shaw, Steve Smoker, Angela Sowden, Helen Synnott, Daniel Van Cuylenburg, Jessica Waite, Martine Waitt, Kirsty Walker, Nerys Welfoot, Matt Whishaw, Stuart Whitman
- Swim the Solent course
- A Rush To Get Around The Isle of Wight
- Anna's Back To Head To The Isle Of Wight
- Swimmers Stoked For Solent Swim
- Swimmers Help Sailors Help Survivors
- What Swimmers Look Like From Shore
- Marathon Swimming
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- Outdoor Swimmer Nominated For WOWSA Awards
- Musing And Marathoning With Myatt
- Wild West Solent Swim
- Open Water Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Aspire Solent Swim Series
- Outdoor Swimming Society