One last sea swim to see out the year and James Slowey Jnr. got a great picture of the beach to mark it. Pity about the three guys who got in the way……
Well done, Ned. Great swim: See the details here.
Owen O’Keeffe is keeping an eye on Ned’s plans. The tracker isn’t working so for the intended start time tomorrow, Dec. 30, 06:00 local time (that’s 04:00 for us in Ireland) Owen will be doing updates at this page. The pilot will be texting progress reports to support crew in S.A. and they will forward these to Owen, who will keep his page updated as the day goes on. Good luck, Ned!
Avoiding the pool at all costs, we had a visit from cold water specialist, Finbarr Hedderman. Mr. Finbarr pronounced the 9.8c water “toasty” and enjoyed 40 minutes in the sunshine and very swimmable water. Open water swimming in Ireland in December can still be a pleasure! Unusually, though, we got to watch a surfer trying to catch the waves at the Dutchman rocks.
Huge crowds on the beach on Christmas morning, swimming for various charities or just for their own sanity. More cars and people than on the busiest Summer’s day. Obviously the health of open water swimming in Ireland is going from strength to strength. Or maybe I’m reading too much into that…. Some swimmers lasted almost a minute in the water…..Thanks to Brian Barry for the pictures.
January 18th in The Edge Sports, Kinsale Road Commercial Park, Ned Denison will be sharing his considerable experience on Cold Water Swimming and Hypothermia. We’re lucky to have someone available in Cork with Ned’s background in open water swimming in Ireland and around the world , so this is one to go along for.
The timing will be interesting as more than 10 local swimmers will be headed to the cold water champions in London the next week, to compete in 3 to 5C waters…with several trying to join the International Ice Swimming Association by logging a 1 mile swim in an open air lido. Ned will cover:
- How do the locals in togs do it?
- What do they think?
- How does one prepare?
- How can I shed my wetsuit in the summer months?
Ned has also prepared presentation on hypothermia to give the real facts.
Contact Ned Denison to book or with any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not the nicest of days for open water swimming in Ireland. Bernard reckoned there was a calm bit just beyond the wave breaks, so in we went. He was wrong. It got considerably rougher but great crack, though.
Some enterprising person – if not a bit disturbed – spray-painted “Edging Insanity” on the doors of the old boathouse at the top of the beach in Myrtleville a while back. It caught the eye – and the mood – of this group swimming on a November Friday:
A good turn-out for 9.6 degrees in the water and 10 degrees on land. We couldn’t have asked for a better day for Lisa Cummins’ Turkey Swim in Myrtleville. Siobhan Russell had the foresight to bring a camera – thanks to her.
Bernard had organised mince pies and mulled wine afterwards – with the generous assistance of Jimmy Long, his daughter, Sheila and granddaughters. So, thanks to Centra Crosshaven for this festive touch and to Jimmy for faciliating us as always, blocking his roadway at the top of the beach!
One myth put to bed today was that Lisa never, ever, ever gets cold. While she didn’t actually shake so that she spilled her mulled wine, witnesses confirmed she did actually have a slight tremor in her hand after the swim. That’s a first…..
A great afternoon. Thanks to all who came along. The list from Lisa is: