Posted: 10/06/2015 at 13:39
Unless it's changed in the last few years then the swim isn't that bad. I'm also a slow swimmer (most pirates are) so I was near the back & sighting was OK with only a slight bit of chop after the turn.
The water is a bit murky but the event has been running for a while now so I don't think there's too much to worry about in terms of water quality.
Quick tip for the swimming - swim as if you're holding a coin between your cheeks. Keep that clenched & it helps you to keep straight legs when kicking. Takes a bit of practice but getting a more streamlined position can improve your efficiency and stop you wasting too much energy.