The Crosshaven girls were back in open water training yesterday, hitting the sea in numbers. A beautiful swim in calm 9.5°c water.
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. Text or email if you’re interested any day. Or tweet @Berlyn1966. Times starting Monday, April 29.
Swim at your own risk. Don’t swim alone. Always swim in groups.
- Monday: 18:00
- Tuesday: 16:00
- Wednesday: 06:30
- Thursday: 06:30
- Friday: 16:00
- Saturday: 08:15
Beautiful morning on Saturday and lots of shipping, with the ferry arriving from France as we were going in. Water temp of about 9.4°c. Forecast pretty good for tonight’s swim as well.
20°c is a magic figure when it’s the combined sea and air temperature. Over that and open water swimming starts to be more of a pleasure than a challenge. This afternoon we had 11°c on land and 10.3°c in the water. 21.3°c? We needed electrolytes to replace the sweat.
Seven happy swimmers today. No excuses to stay in the pool any more!
It might not have been pretty. It may not even have been Myrtleville – but we’ve got our first Monday night done. Fountainstown was the back-up after meeting in Myrtleville and deciding 100m over and back in the waves wasn’t too enticing.
Just one km away, Fountainstown was relatively calm and a pleasure to swim in. Sea temp just over 9C. We were fortunate to meet Paddy from Funkytown out for a spin on a stand up kayak, to give us advice on where to swim. Good timing for us.
If it wasn’t for the lashing rain that started just as we came out, it would have been nice on land too! Hopefully we’ll stay in Myrtleville next week, but it’s great to have the alternative. Just four swimmers tonight, but Carol and Maeve will be spreading the word that it’s time to get back into the sea, I reckon. Big smiles all round.
To warm up for the Myrtleville – Church Bay Swim on Sunday, June 16, what better preparation than the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim on the evening of Friday, 14 June? This takes place over a 2 km course on the River Blackwater in Fermoy. Owen O’Keeffe, the Fermoy Fish, among others, does great work to get this event running and it’s a beautiful setting for swimming.
All information relating to entry criteria, etc., can be found on the event website. One aim of the swim has been to encourage people of all ages, but especially young people, to take part in open water swimming and learn to enjoy swimming outdoors in a way that is safe.
Any money left over after the all of the costs of running the event have been covered are donated to the Blackwater Sub-Aqua Club Search & Recovery Unit who are based in Fermoy and who provide great support for this swim.
Riana Parsons took a couple of great pictures in Myrtleville yesterday. Have to say, I didn’t notice the second ship over the tops of the waves, which were a lot higher in the middle of them than they look in the pictures!
The RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2km open water sea swim takes place on Sunday 16th June at 10:00am on an incoming tide.
Entries can be made here. Entry fee is €15, payable on the day and donated to Crosshaven RNLI.
All participants must be able to verify a minimum of one 1,500m open water swim in 2013. We strongly recommend you have done a longer distance – or several 1,500m swims. This is a fantastic, but challenging swim and not to be attempted without proper preparation. If you want to practice, come to Myrtleville any Monday night at 6pm. Check the swim times on this site each month or join our google group for updates.
From Riana Parsons: These guys have been hanging around this area for some time now, I suspect since the cold weather began! They are just on the Crosshaven side of the Yacht club.
From Finbarr Hedderman:
Hey Folks, the sun has come out so it must be sea swimming time…
The 2013 Munster Open Water Race Calendar is getting pretty full at this stage and all your favourites are included.
The calendar is available on the web here: bit.ly/2013MunsterOW
We’re still waiting for dates to be confirmed for some of our swims, but most organisers have confirmed their dates and they are included in the spreadsheet. So get your togs on (or wetsuits if you’re looking for something more comfortable) and get training for the open water season. There’s plenty of big ones from past years included and some new swims too; so sunscreen at the ready, it’s time to hit the sea!
Swim safely, swim in groups & be aware of the dangers of the sea, but mostly keep swimming Nemo!