Here comes the Summer…

The coldologists tell us that this – the third week of February – is traditionally the coldest of the year for open water swimming, so when you see this on the car, it could be worrying,especially with 7.5C in the sea the previous day:

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

-1C on land – Myrtleville 24 February, 2013

One of the many great things about swimming in Myrtleville is that you don’t have to wait for tides – you can swim at any time, low or high.  This morning was low – and beautiful:

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville at low tide – 24 February, 2013

Even at -1C on land, the sun shone and that little bit of warmth made the swim (7.8C on the watch) and changing afterwards much, much more comfortable than yesterday.  Summer is coming!

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville in the sunshine – 24 February, 2013

It was pure pleasure swimming this morning.  Sure, where else would you be?

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White water

We’ve had a mild Winter, with very few days when you couldn’t swim in the sea at Myrtleville.  Last Sunday, however, the pool looked like an attractive option compared to the open water….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Rough water in Myrtleville, 17 February 2013

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Rough water in Myrtleville, 17 February 2013

Open Water Stag Swimming

Tim McSweeney was nearly knocked from his bike on the path beside Crosshaven Estuary, by a stag in a rush to keep up his cold acclimatisation.  Bernard Lynch was involved with the RNLI some years back in rescuing a stag stuck in the mud around the same area.  It seems they cross there regularly.

Tim got this quick shot on his phone, once he recovered from the shock:

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Stag swimming in Crosshaven Estuary – February 2013

Walk to the Dutchman

Anyone who swims in Myrtleville is used to doing a lap to the Dutchman Rocks.  At high tide, this means you swim over them and see them under you.  Around mid-tide (mind the kelp, James…….), you understand where they get their name as they peek out of the sea, like the Flying Dutchman of pirate fables.  Today, however, you could actually walk from the beach to the rocks.  It’s a 0.2 metre low tide and Bernard got this good shot.  Now you know what’s under you!

Open Water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The Dutchman Rocks at very low tide. 11/02/2013.

Sea Temperature recordings

Registered Coldology Practitioner, Bernard Lynch, posed the following question to Met Eireann:

“Why do the sea temp watches of a group of sea swimmers around the Cork coast always show approx a -1 degree difference to the M3 and M5 bouy registered temps on this  site. Is the water close to shore colder and why?”

Columba Creamer of Met Eireann very helpfully replied:

You are correct in that sea water close to shore is at a different temperature to that in the open sea.   During the winter this difference can be quite substantial and usually the open sea temperature will be warmer than that close to shore.  During the summer the opposite happens and water close to shore will be warmer.  Water close to shore will be cooled or warmed depending on the time of year by the nearby land mass.  The tides also affect the temperature of the water especially inshore and in confined sea areas.

I attach latest sea temperature picture for Ireland’s coastal areas:

Open water sea swimming in Cork Ireland Cold water swimming

Weather Dial SeaTemperature – 4 Feb 2013

February-March swim times

Planned swim times for Myrtleville Beach. These are the times most likely that a group will assemble, however as with everything, it’s not guaranteed!  Swim at your own risk. Don’t swim alone. Always swim in groups.  Text or email if you’re interested any day.

  • Tuesday, February 5: 16:00
  • Thursday, February 7: 16:15
  • Friday, February 8: 16:00
  • Saturday, February 9: 08:30
  • Sunday, February 10: 09:15
  • Tuesday, February 12: 16:00
  • Thursday, February 14: 16:15
  • Friday, February 15: 16:00
  • Saturday, February 16: 08:30
  • Sunday, February 17: 09:15
  • Tuesday, February 19: 16:00
  • Thursday, February 21: 16:15
  • Friday, February 22: 16:00
  • Saturday, February 23: 08:30
  • Sunday, February 24: 09:15
  • Tuesday, February 26: 16:00
  • Thursday, February 28: 16:15
  • Friday, March 1: 16:00
  • Saturday, March 2: 08:30
  • Sunday, March 3: 09:15

Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2013

The RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim takes place on Sunday 16th June at 10:00am on an incoming tide.

This forms part of the national open water swim schedule and is a challenging 2km swim in open water conditions from Myrtleville Beach to Church Bay, with majestic views of Roches Point lighthouse, the entrance to Cork Harbour and the odd oil tanker or navy vessel passing by. If on the day the safety officers deem the sea and or weather conditions not safe ; an alternative route from Fort Camden to the lifeboat station in Crosshaven will be considered.

Entry criteria will apply and will be finalised closer to the date.  Suffice to say, doing 1,500m in the pool at the moment would be a good idea!

Open Water swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville-Church-Bay-2KM – Open Water Swim.