Swim The Island Series Spotorno Italy
This swim event was held in the town of Spotorno 25 miles East of Genoa close to the French border. The 6k swim involved swimming around a small island ( unsurprisingly ) and then a long swim parallel with the shore and back. The start was the usual washing machine scenario 245 swimmers running into the sea aiming for the first buoy. The water was very clear and is in fact part of a marine park. 21 degrees C water temperature so no issues there.
The end result was a time of 1 hour 44 minutes coming in 119th overall. Great place well organised cheap to get there ( £50 return with Ryannair ) and I think I will be going back ( and the wine and pizza's are excellent ! )