Buoy fundraiser this Saturday 14th at 10am

The weather looks OK for Saturday morning – Westerly wind, so Myrtleville will be sheltered and no rain forecast.  We are looking for as many swimmers, friends and family on the beach as possible this Saturday morning donating €10 (or more, if you like!) to fund the cost of the new Spar buoys being installed in February.  Come down, have a dip or just a chat and donate to help with this safety improvement for all swimmers.

Looking forward to seeing a big crowd on Saturday morning. We will re-check the weather tomorrow, Friday, just to be sure!

Bernard Lynch & Damian O’Neill

Buoy Fundraiser – this is important

Everyone agrees that the buoys were a fantastic addition to Myrtleville this year.  We have learned, however, that the power of the waves near the Dutchman in particular need stronger buoys.   Spar buoys have been identified as the most likely to work for us.  They are marketed as “almost indestructible” in surf.

The intention would be that these buoys would be in all year-round.  The total cost of six of these buoys will be €3,412.   We have secured €1,000 in funding already.  We now plan to raise the rest by getting €10 a head from up to 250 swimmers on a weekend morning in Myrtleville in December.  We’ll watch the forecast and confirm the date on the Thursday beforehand.   It’s not going to be an organised swim or race, just lots and lots of us on the beach, committed to raising the funds needed for all of our benefit.

Bring coffee, bring cakes – or not.  If anyone wants to give more than €10, feel free- there are bound to be some maintenance costs in the years to come.  More details to follow, but be aware it’s going to happen.  It has to – we’ve already ordered them and they’re being manufactured for installation in February.  We know we’ll get the support, so why wait?

Bernard Lynch & Damian O’Neill

Winner – Devil’s Island Trophy

From Ned Denison:

This trophy is given to the Crew (mostly) and Swimmer who completed the most interesting, epic marathon swim during the year by a Cork based swimmer (well known swims like the English Channel are not eligible). Marathon swimming is a “we” event – and this is the time every year when we applaud all the crews (and swimmers) with a special trophy. The selection panel were five swim leaders from the different groups in County Cork.

Sheeps Head Lighthouse to Durrus (26km) **First Time Recorded**

Sean Foley (pilot), O’Mahony Dave (swim coach) and Marie Watson (crew chief)…and Darren Morrisseyy (swimmer)

*****Congrats***

Darren submitted the following nomination

This swim was initially planned back in 2017 as a 10km swim out on the Sheeps head peninsula but it was never attempted. In the autumn of 2018, I was looking to try getting a ‘big’ swim in during the summer of 2019 and the Sheeps head came back into my mind. Having completed a 10k swim in 2017 I wanted to see if it was an option to swim the entire length of the peninsula and whether it had been done before. I mentioned to Marie that I was looking at doing the swim and it was basically the lightbulb moment. From then on, I was encouraged, cajoled, interrogated, mentored but most of all completely believed in. There was no way that I wasn’t going to not only attempt, but to finish that swim. Marie brought me through nearly every scenario I could possibly face and she drove the training relentlessly. This included doing a course on dealing with hypothermia in swimmers.

Dave O’Mahony is my swim coach the last few years through his association with Crosshaven triclub. Hours upon hours of swimming, coaching and planning was freely given and when I asked him to be part of the crew he didn’t even hesitate to say yes.

Sean Foley was literally my saviour. The week before the swim I needed to explore an alternative boat due to mechanical issues and scheduling conflicts with my original booking. I asked Sean would he know anyone in the area who had a boat and who may have been available. Sean immediately volunteered to do this himself and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

The swim came about very quickly after all the drama of trying to get a replacement boat. We organised to make our way to Kilcrohane the evening before the swim with a planned swim start of 06:15. Sean had what only can be described as an eventful passage from Crookhaven around the Mizen and over to collect us outside Kilcrohane. A swim plan was distributed with everyone’s role and responsibilities made clear. The feed plan was put in place and we made our way out to the lighthouse. When we got there, we were concerned about the safety of the swimmer as the water conditions were ‘lumpy’. Marie basically told me to get into the water and start swimming. For me this became an unknowingly long but ultimately incredible day. I learned so much about my capabilities and did so knowing that I had the most amazing crew looking out for me. I didn’t know it at the time but our little whatsapp group for the swim was almost going viral. A Spotify playlist I put together for the swim (Sean’s boat has external speakers) was heard the length and breadth of the peninsula that day. All the feeds went exactly according to plan and at no time was anything allowed to break my concentration. When I needed to be told to speed up or when I inadvertently swam to the boat as they were all dancing to some of the music I picked out, the day went in a blur. I couldn’t recommend a more amazing bunch of people. Their generosity, commitment, knowledge, humour, humility and utter determination is something that I’ll never forget. For me starting out on my long swim journey I couldn’t have had a better bunch of people. They deserve every accolade that can be given to them.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Munster

FROM JEN MARSHALL:

Dear Friends,

My name is Jen Marshall and I am contacting you on behalf of Special Olympics Munster.

For the past 2 years Special Olympics has organised a fundraising event in Kinsale called the Polar plunge where we ask people to bravely jump into icy waters whilst raising money for Special Olympics Munster.  

This year’s plunge is being organised by a group of 10 enthusiastic Special Olympic athletes and volunteers and we hope to have family, friends and supporters all jump off the main pier in Kinsale town centre for charity.

I know that the Myrtleville Swimmers have been extremely kind over the years with your support and we would be extremely grateful members might consider supporting our Athletes once again by taking part in the event on the day.

The event takes place on the main pier in Kinsale (beside the Trident Hotel) on the Saturday 30th of November from 10.30. We would be honoured if people might consider taking part after their Saturday morning swim at 9 or even as an alternative to it, we would welcome all with open arms. There is an early bird registration for which I have embedded a link below – or people can turn up and register on the day.

http://www.specialolympics.ie/FundraisingEvents/PolarPlunge2019.aspx

It should be a fun local event with singers from the Kinsale choir, members of the local Gardai and most importantly our Athletes who will be there leading the mornings jump.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

Jen

Vampire Swim – Saturday, October 26th at 2pm

FROM AISLING BARRY AND MARIE WATSON:

The Vampire Swim will take place next Saturday at 14.00 in Myrtleville.   

Registration is via email to vampireswimcork@gmail.com and there are hats for the first 50 registered.  No registration number, no swim.  The Donation for the swim is €5 for those who have given a blood donation and €10 for non-donors. 

Please GIVE BLOOD.

Make an appointment at St. Finbarr’s and you’ll be prioritised over walk-ins.  

This year all funds raised will go to support Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre Program & Cork Lions Club.

Vampire Swim, Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.