Global OWS conference – starter swim!

Ned Denison organised a group to swim in Myrtleville this morning, as a kick-off to the conference this weekend.  As well as lots of local swimmers, Ned was joined by Ram Barkai, founder of the International Ice Swimming Association and Annaleise Carr, who in 2012 at 14 years old, became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario, taking just under 27 hours.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a picture of Ram, as he ended up swimming a marathon with Carmel Collins.  Last seen passing Power Head…..

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Some of this morning’s group (still waiting for Ram and Carmel…..) Carol Cashell, Damian O’Neill, David Merriman, Ned Denison, Eddie Irwin, Finbarr Hedderman, Rob Bohane, Annaleise Carr & Maeve Mulcahy.

As a big bonus for Ned, he got to have his picture taken with two of his heroes.  One of them, unfortunately, was falling asleep……

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Unsponsored Ned Denison with high profile Diesel Powered local swimmers. Or, Bernard and Damian’s annual picture with Ned ‘One of the big guys’ Denison.

But he woke up for this one…..

Open Water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Bernard and Ned.

As always, Siobhan Russell’s dedication to the cause is unbelievable.  Dragged herself out of bed this morning to get the pictures as we came in.  It was too dark when we went out, although Riana Parsons tried a few so we might have those to post soon.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Finishing the morning swim.

Only 4ºC on land but 14ºC in the water – toasty.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Sun coming up, time for work!

Seriously, though, is there anyone left in Sandycove, Rob?  Finbarr?

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Finbarr Hedderman, Maeve Mulcahy & Rob Bohane.

A great start to a great weekend.  Usual swim at 8.15am (AKA, lunchtime) tomorrow.

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Shift work

It’s so busy at the beach, we’re working in shifts.  First group in on Saturday was for Gary Frost’s birthday sunrise swim, with full outdoor catering afterwards.

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Gary Frost’s birthday group – too many to name, but that’s Gary with the balloon on the far left and Lemmy the Dog is there too.

Second shift was just in time for the ferry to pass. Welcome back to Maeve and welcome to David Dineen, who moved to Crosshaven recently.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

David Dineen, Ciaran Byrne, Rob “it’s much easier to get parking in Sandycove” Bohane, Bernard Lynch, Damian O’Neill, Maeve Mulcahy, Eddie Irwin and Neddy “hurry up, it’s cold” Irwin.

The third shift got creative and took one car to Fountainstown, then swam back to Myrtleville.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Ross O’Connor, Keith Hyde, Aidan Mangan & Kieran Callinan.

A standard time of 8.15am on Saturdays will run throughout the Winter.  It’s over 15c in the water, so it’s not time to even think about cold water yet.

If you’re looking to swim with others and don’t have a group, that’s the time to aim for. Everyone welcome.

RNLI Courtmacsherry Swim Report

From Ray McArdle:

The third annual Courtmacsherry swim took place on September 28th outside Courtmacsherry hotel.  This was due to adverse weather conditions on Blind Strand.

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RNLI Courtmacsherry swim participants 2013

The swim had a 1.5K option (1 lap) or a 3K option (2 laps), with 53 of the 79 swimmers taking the longer option.  The swimmers had to exit the water at the end of lap 1 and run a short distance on the beach prior to starting lap 2

The swim was supported by 8 kayakers and I’d like to thank each of them.  John Crotty, Annalise Dressel, Dorothy Grimes, Cian Walsh, Cath Russell, David and Kev.  Thanks also to Colin Cashman, Seamus and Mairead Barry and the lifeboat crew for the boat support. The rowing club for allowing us to use their markers. Carol Cashell and Dave Maxwell on time keeping. Lisa Cummins and Finola Roycroft on registration and Olan and Barry for parking. I’d also like to thank Ken Cashman for all the work he did in helping me organise this, including liaising with the lifeboat crew, sorting out the markers and organizing boat support. Big thanks also to Derek Van Der Byl for the photos. You can see all 224 here.

Full Report can be downloaded here.  RNLI Courtmacsherry Open Water Swim 2013  .

Windswept and Interesting….

Several regulars missing, but the flag still flown by a hardy bunch of Monday-nighters! Sea temps are staying over 15C, so once you get past the waves at the beach – and the weed – it’s very nice.

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Windy & wavy, but warm – Myrtleville, Monday September 30, 2013.

Tom McCarthy seems to be everywhere these days – pictures abound of him in action in Rocky Bay, Sandycove, Courtmacsherry and back again to Myrtleville.  What a man!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Tom McCarthy, John Russell & Rebeca Power.

Denis Condon is also seeing out the OW season in style, racing the last two weekends: he still doesn’t miss Monday night, though…..

Open Water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Anne Sheehy , Denis Condon & Ros O’Brien.

Siobhan finally gets in front of the camera again – finished her sea swim and heading for the pool next: flying it, she is 🙂

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Gary Frost, Siobhan Russell, Denis Condon & Ros O’Brien.

Just October 7th, 14th and 21st for the Monday nights.  See you next week.