Stage 1 was a straight-up length of Buttermere, at 2km. Swimmers started the race at the south end of Buttermere, at hit the sprint check-point after 450m. Jo Davies set an early pace on the stage, but was joined by Victoria ‘Beans’ Poole shortly before hitting the mark. The two girls were separated by a photo finish, with Jo winning the maximum sprint points. Jo and Beans then went on to finish the stage just 10 seconds apart, again with Jo getting the edge. Paul Harrington showed he was very comfortable in his local waters, getting third on the stage. Jo took the yellow swim cap, with Beans wearing the green cap for the following stage and the Team cap was won by Em Davies and Seals Cole (Women’s Elite Team).