Last open water swim of 2012

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……

Tim Smyth, James Slowey & Bernard Lynch - last sea swim of 2012: dedicated open water swimming in Ireland

Tim Smyth, James Slowey (Snr.!) & Bernard Lynch – last sea swim of 2012

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Ned Denison swimming False Bay, South Africa

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!

Cold water swimming? It’s toasty…..

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.

Damian, Finbarr and Bernard post-swim: Myrtleville, December 28, 2012

Damian, Finbarr and Bernard post-swim: Myrtleville, December 27, 2012

Christmas Day Swim 2012

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 - view from the waterline

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 – view from the waterline

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.

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 - spot the Munster player.....

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 – spot the Munster player…..

Eamon Griffin, Brian Barry, Paul Barry, Kieran & Padraig O'Flynn: intrepid swimmers all

Eamon Griffin, Brian Barry, Paul Barry, Kieran & Padraig O’Flynn: intrepid swimmers all

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012: last few getting out

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012: last few getting out

Cold Water Swimming and Hypothermia – a talk by Ned Denison

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: ned.denison@corkopenwater.com.

That looks like a calm bit……

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.

Spot the calm bit......Myrtleville Dec. 11, 2012

Spot the calm bit……Myrtleville Dec. 11, 2012

Who says Winter swimmers aren’t sane?

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:

Edging Insanity - Fiona Gough, Michelle Glossop Smith, Siobhan Russell, Rosaleen MacKweon & Ger Venner

Edging Insanity – Fiona Gough, Michelle Glossop-Smyth, Siobhan Russell, Rosaleen MacKeown, Ger Venner & Bonnie…