Back in the sea

The Crosshaven girls were back in open water training yesterday, hitting the sea in numbers. A beautiful swim in calm 9.5°c water.

Open water - sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Crosshaven swimmers – Myrtleville 26 April, 2013

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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