12 bays of Christmas, Jersey, Jan 2022

January 8, 2022

Another year another, cold water swimming challenge! Being an avid fan of swimming, on a recent trip on Christmas and New Year to the Channel island of Jersey, my mum and I took part in the 12 bays of Jersey challenge which involved swimming in 12 bays of Jersey in support of Jersey Hospice Care and The National Trust for Jersey between 1 and 31 December 2021.  

There are no requirements to swim a certain distance, merely a dip which works out very well for the festive socialising and eating and drinking in December!

I particularly liked the creative renaming of the bays as shown in Table 1, which I thought was an excellent example of destination-based marketing. However, some of the bays were not the easiest to find, so I have added the what3words location for ease of location should you find yourself in Jersey in December and fancy visiting some of the bays.

NoDecember themed NameYear round NameWhat3words location (As some of the bays are not the easiest to find)
1Bouley BayBauble Bay///consisted.strength.shocking
2Rocking around Rozel BayRozel Bay///motorcar.notations.mops
3Le Saie in a MangerLe Saie///heartbeat.tastefully.dogfish
4Anneport & stiltonAnne Port///rumbles.desk.leagues
5GrouvilleOnce in Royal Bay of Grouville///cults.catchment.trademark
6Robin BayRobin Bay///fines.done.panting
7Deck “La Haule”La Haule///listened.flirtation.professes
8Jingle bell..crouteBel Croute///sloppily.lazier.preferable
9Port let it snowPortlet bay///unblinking.madly.coated
10Jingle bell all the “Quaisne”Quaisne///obstacle.drawing.partially
11Snow portBeauport///curbed.crosses.concretely
12Santa OuenSt Ouen (Le Braye only)///tone.bidder.coaster
Table 1: The 12 bays of Christmas
Figure 1: Beau port albeit with no snow. Lovely bay to swim and extremely picturesque.
Figure 2: Grouville with Gorey Castle in the background. Ideally a swim at high tide and at low tide, it’s a long walk to the sea from the road.
Figure 3: Rocky Le Saie. I would suggest that “Rocking around Le Saie” would be a better title for this bay.
Figure 4: Anne Port at sunset, a favourite bay of ours.
Figure 5: St Ouen Bay popular with surfers but not so good for swimming due to the strong current. Sadly Santa wasn’t spotted on the day of our swim.
Figure 6: Bel Croute with views over St Helier. Exceeding stoney beach so it’s better to access at low tide to protect your feet from stones.
Figure 6: Warming up after a swim in Portelet Bay.

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