Sea Temperatures from April to October

The problem with making sweeping statements like “the water is warmer than in June” is that there’s always a genuinely precise person (note, I did not say “swimming geek” )with the data to prove or disprove it.

Fortunately, I was right as a general statement, so I only got a small rap on the knuckles for my lack of precision, rather than a full dressing down for inaccuracy.

Here’s how it should be done:

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville Sea Temperatures – April to October 2013.

With thanks to she who Rob Bohane calls “the eye of the tiger”.

So, anyway, like I said yesterday…..Keep swimming – in the sea :-).

Warmer water than June…keep swimming!

The highest sea temperature we recorded in June was 13.6c, early in the month.  It shot up after that with the heatwave, but we had 10.7c late in June when it dropped back suddenly for a few days.

This weekend, nearly into November, it’s 14c in the sea at Myrtleville. There’s no excuse to abandon the sea for the pool for a while yet – apart from the odd storm frothing up the water!

Denis Condon is still in daily and joined by several others at various stages during the week.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Saturday, October 26 @ 8.15: Damian O’Neill, Bernard Lynch, Gary Frost, Denis Condon & Joleen Cronin stuck in the seaweed washed up on the beach from the various storms.

Keep swimming – in the sea 🙂

Last Monday night of 2013

Hard to believe it’s over for another year.  We had a huge increase in numbers for Myrtleville Mondays this year, but there was only a hard core left, on a bad night for the last one.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Last Monday of 2013 – just three swimmers – Tom McCarthy, Bernard Lynch & John Russell – with Denis Condon: 21/10/2013.

Anne Sheehy brought her camera and got a couple of pictures. I think she was using the Siobhan Russell Technique for rough days (“No, I’m not going in there – someone has to take the pictures…..on you go, the rest of you……and remember to smile for the camera…..”).

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Tom McCarthy braves the waves – 21/1o/2013.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

John Russell & Bernard Lynch – it does look a bit lumpy…21/10/2013.

See you all on Monday, March 31, 2014.  Only 160 Days to go 🙂

Global OWS dinner – more pictures!

Annaleise Carr – World Open Water Swimming Association 2012 Woman of the Year – swam in Myrtleville on Friday.  She was huddled in a coat for her picture that morning, but looking much more glamorous at the dinner 🙂

There were superstars of international open water swimming everywhere we looked on Saturday night!  Great to get a chance to meet them all.

Siobhan’s full set of pictures from the night is now online here.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Damian & Bernard with Annaleise Carr – the youngest person to swim Lake Ontario: almost 27 hours in the water!!!

Global OWS Dinner

A great night on Saturday with hundreds of open water swimmers abandoning diets and alcohol control plans in Cork.  Siobhan came along just to take pictures, and it was all worthwhile when she met Steve Redmond….

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Siobhan meets her hero – with Steve Redmond

Anna Wardley has just recently completed her 5ive Islands challenge and got to compare notes with local Island swimming experts..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Island Swimmers – Owen O’Keeffe, Carol Cashell and Anna Wardley.

Tom McCarthy has been fantastic help with all kinds of events this year and put a huge effort into the conference too.  Carol reckoned he just hadn’t enough time for grooming, so she helped him out…..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Yes, it’s real  and now looks perfect…Tom McCarthy gets primped – just ignore the eejit in the background.

Ram Barkai was missed in the pictures when he swam in Myrtleville on Friday, but we caught up with him last night.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

At last – international man of mystery, Ram Barkai gets in a picture with Myrtlevillians.

Mike Gregory came from Melbourne for the weekend and very kindly offered to put up any swimmers from Cork who made it over to Oz.  Jeez, he’s going to regret that one.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Eddie Irwin (booking his flights right now), Mike Gregory (soon to be inundated with Corkonians), Damian O’Neill & Carol Cashell.

A few more pictures from a great night.  Well done to Ossi, Tom, Ned, the Lions Club and all of the other organisers.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Damian and Bernard with the Real Deal – Steve Redmond

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Carol with her parents, Mary & John.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Some people will do anything to be taller than Liam Maher…..

Light swimming – Riana’s pictures

Five great pre-dawn swim pictures from Riana Parsons. Some people couldn’t even get the packet open on their light sticks, not to mind getting them to work…..


Spot the SA togs in the group going into the water – finally, a picture of Ram!New

The rest just speak for themselves.  Beautiful pictures.IMG_1040