May and June 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.  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

Sun shining, water warming

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!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Carol, Eddie, Maeve, James & Bernard – cooling down after the swim..

Monday nights – definitely back this time

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.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Fountainstown – Monday night, 15 April 2013

Martin Duggan Memorial Swim – Entries Open

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.

Photograph – George O'Keefe

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.

Swimming with the ships

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!

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Race you to the ship – Myrtleville 9 April, 2013

Open Water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Ships playing chicken – Myrtleville – April 9, 2013

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim – Entries open

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.

Open Water Sea Swimming in Cork, Ireland

2012 Myrtleville – Church Bay Swim participants (pic. Howard Crowdy)

Open Water Sea Swimming in Cork, Ireland

2012 Myrtleville – Church Bay Swim start (pic. Howard Crowdy)

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2012 (pic. Howard Crowdy)


The Penguins of Crosshaven

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.

Open water swimming Cork Ireland

Penguins in Crosshaven

No, it’s not April 1st.  Riana has been adding fantastic pictures on CodladhSnámh on Blipfoto each day, which are well worth a look.  The shot of the ships passing Roches Point yesterday is great.

Munster Open Water Swim Calendar 2013

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:

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!