VOTWO Open Water Series – 2011

Sean, Jessica, Lorraine and Mark travelled to Dorney Lake near Windsor to compete in the final and series deciding race in this year’s VOTWO 3.8km swim series.

Mark Partridge, Jessica Wooddisse, Sean Kinsey, Lorraine Savagar

Mark Partridge, Jessica Wooddisse, Sean Kinsey, Lorraine Savagar

The team had taken part in two of the previous series races earlier in the year, the first at Bowsmoor Sailing Club near Lechlade and the second, a sea swim, at Bournemouth beach. Going into the final race Jessica was well placed to win the series prize for first female having won both of her two previous races. With the overall series prize determined by a competitorÕs three highest finishes, Sean was is a slightly more uncertain position having won the Bournemouth Swim but only achieving fifth place at Bowsmoor.

The conditions on the day were almost perfect for swimming with sunny weather and little or no wind, although the water was slightly on the cool side. Sean swam a great race to finish in first place overall finishing over a minute ahead of the second place swimmer. Unfortunately though this was not quite enough to give Sean overall series winner, and finished as runner-up. Jessica swam well to finish in fourth place on the day, and as second placed female swimmer. As a result of finishing in second place Jessica also claimed the female series prize and walked away with a top of the range Aquasphere wetsuit. Lorraine improved her time on last year’s race by almost seven minutes to finish as third placed senior female. This was a great result for Lorraine and just reward for her many early morning visits to Lake 32 this year – it may also be something to do with the brand new Snug wetsuit she was wearing. Mark also put in a good performance to finish in 11th position overall, his highest finish position of the three races. The steady improvement in his race times over the open water season have made him one to watch for the future!

Bowsmoor Results


Overall Position                Category Position   Time


4th Geoff Twinning            4th MS                       00:42:09

5th Sean Kinsey                1st MV                       00:42:39

7th Jessica Wooddisse 1st FS                        00:44:39

9th Andrew Shipton          2nd MV                      00:45:31

12th Mark Partridge         4th MV                       00:47:27

48th Lorraine Savagar     12th FS                      01:00:01


Bournemouth Results

Overall Position               Category Position           Time


1st Sean Kinsey                 1st MV                                00:53:48

6th Jessica Wooddisse     1st FS                    01:03:13

13th Mark Partridge           4th MV                   01:09:14


Dorney Lake Results


Overall Position                Category Position   Time


1st Sean Kinsey                             1st MV                        00:47.40

4thJessica Wooddisse               1st FS                          00:50.26

11th Mark Partridge                     3rd MV                        00:53.51

47th Lorraine Savagar                 3rd FS                         01:03.14