TODAY'S Solent Swim — which was set to have a record number of people take part — has fallen foul of the bad weather.

The event, organised by West Wight Sports and Community Centre, has been postponed.

A spokesperson said: "Sadly, the Solent Swim has been postponed due to forecast winds.

"The new date is Sunday, July 18.

Isle of Wight County Press: A previous Solent Swim. Pictures by Michael Dangerfield and Sue Lupton.

"More details will follow in the coming days."

The swim is the biggest fundraiser for the charity and has raised more than £200,000 since it started in 2011.

With the largest-ever fleet of swimmers taking part, this year’s total is set to be a record.

Planning starts nearly a year ahead, when Clare Griffin, WWSCC manager for 30 years, sits down with her advisers to find a date when the tides will be favourable for swimmers to cross 1.2 miles, from Hurst Castle, near Lymington, to Colwell Bay.

Unfortunately, this year's date has had to be moved, but it is hoped the same swimmers will still be able to commit.

Read more about some of those taking part.