Myrtleville – Church Bay Swim: Sept. 21st

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville – Church Bay 2012 (pic. Howard Crowdy)

The postponement from June is working in favour of many swimmers, giving time to get in more OW swims in preparation.  The very warm water is also a great help, of course!

Entries are increasing steadily so if you haven’t done so already, and you wish to enter: click here.


A quote from the internationally-accepted precise open water swimming temperature scale, courtesy of
Over 18°C (65°F): This temperature is entirely theoretical and only happens on TV and in the movies.

Last night, verified on three watches, we had 19.5ºC in Myrtleville. Wetsuits were abandoned up and down the beach.  Electrolyte transfusions were set up by the boathouse to help recover from the sweat.


Myrtleville – 22 July, 2013

Regular Myrtleville swimmers (known as Myrtlevillians to Mr. Bohane and others) had been sending home texts from their holidays crowing about 19ºC water “out foreign”.  They must be freezing.

After a committee meeting, it has been decided to rename the beach and a new sign was erected this morning:

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville – AKA Hot Water Beach

See you in the water!

Church Bay Directions

As Myrtleville continues to be thronged, several people have asked for directions to Church Bay for Monday evening’s swim, so here goes:

Church Bay Directions

Church Bay Directions

From Crosshaven the total journey is about 1.3km.  Take the right hand fork in the Y at Cronin’s pub.  The left fork will take you to Fort Camden.  If you get there, go back!  Follow the narrow road up the hill and past the graveyard on your left and keep right at the next Y.  This means crossing the traffic, so do yield 🙂 .  Then take the first left down the hill and find a place to park at the side of the road.

Evening swimmers

The Crosshaven group have been going down a bit later to avoid the crowds and Siobhan Russell sent on these pictures from their Wednesday night swim.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Happy with sea temps reaching 17c: Siobhan Russell, Gary Frost, Orlando Hill, Barbara-Anne , Niamh O’Connor, Harry Casey, Annemarie Fegan, Aoife O’Donovan and Joleen Cronin.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

“She got in my way….”. Don’t mess with Niamh O’Connor or you might end up flat on your back…..

On his first sea swim of the year in April, Sean Foley asked “just how many times can you get brain freeze in one swim??”.  Better temperatures a few months on!

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Finally some warm water – Harry Casey and Sean Foley.

Church Bay Mondays?

Myrtleville attracts large crowds in sunshine.  Crowds who don’t seem to be able to take their rubbish home with them, but that’s another story.

On sunny Monday evenings, Church Bay is a quieter, less crowded option.  There has been a group there lately on Mondays at 6.00pm, as well as at Myrtleville.  So, a choice, as long as it’s not too windy as Church Bay is more open than Myrtleville.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Church Bay, Monday July 8, 2013 – calm and quiet.

Revised date for Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim

Saturday, September 21st at 5.30PM is the revised date and time for the Myrtleville to Church Bay swim.

Entries made for the original swim will still stand and all will be contacted next week.  Obviously, if the date doesn’t suit, you can just let us know then.

We will also open for new entries for anyone who can make this date, who didn’t enter for the June swim.  Please use the entry form above.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

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