Leaving February and heading for March

We’ll have our last February 2014 swim on Thursday 27th at 4.30 and then on to March!  Saturday’s swim is at a later time of 10.00 this week.

It was getting windy on Monday, but the pictures below make it look worse than it was – there was definitely a calm bit. Siobhan was getting scenic views again and some swimmers drifted into the frame.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Closer to 9ºc than 8ºc in the sea.  Very un-February 🙂

It must be Summertime

8.6ºc the sea temperature is getting to for the last few days – it’s not even a hardship!  It did hit  7.9ºc on Saturday morning, but that was only a blip.

We had a few reappearances this week and some more contacts from people shaking off the Winter.  Hope to see some larger groups over the next few weeks.

Open Water, Sea Swimming in Cork, Ireland

Denis Condon, Siobhan “poser” Russell & Gordon Adair – the Orca Gang.

Open Water, Sea Swimming in Cork, Ireland

Gordon Adair, Finbarr Hedderman & Denis Condon – I reckon the Oracas haven’t a hope against Big Fin.

The forecast looks ok for later in the week, so we’ll try for 4.30 on Thursday and see about the weekend.

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay swim 2014

The RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim takes place on Saturday, 28th June, 2014 at 5.30pm on an incoming tide.

We will open up the entries in April.  Some more details here. Get in the sea early and often to prepare!

Open Water swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville-Church-Bay-2KM – Open Water.

Still warm(ish) in February

The sea temperature remained over 8ºc for the weekend and is at 8.3ºc this morning – we can’t complain for February 🙂

Swimming at 4.30pm today and Thursday, with 08.15 on Saturday.

As a reminder of really warm water, here’s a great video of the Lee Swim last year.  It’s very well done, with lots of familiar faces.

And here’s something a bit older.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville from Fennell’s Bay – from Old Photos of Cork FB page.

Between the storms

There’s a day off from the storms today and 4.30pm looks good. High tide, bound to be a bit of swell left from yesterday but the forecast is favourable, so make it if you can.

Naturally, Siobhan couldn’t stay away from the sea yesterday!



Times and Trees

We’re sticking to 4.30pm Monday and Thursday this week and Saturday at 08.15, weather permitting.

There were different groups in on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  Temperatures remaining over 8c in the water, so the traditional coldest month isn’t biting just yet.  Great to see so many people sticking with open water for the Winter.

Still some interesting obstacles being washed down by the heavy rain – wouldn’t like to swim into this one.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Christmas comes early – or late – on Myrtleville Beach. Saturday, February 8, 2014.


Sea temps and more from the NMCI, Ringaskiddy

This is even better than the Ballycotton one and – once again – was found by Ian Venner.  Good man, Ian!

Sea temperatures and a lot more from NMCI, Ringaskiddy.

Hours of endless data and fun.  Denis Condon said there was ten swimmers this morning and it felt very cold.  But what does the data from the NMCI say?……It says about 7.8c.  Denis was right, that’s getting lower.   A great service from the OPW.

Logos, Temperatures & Waves

We have been a bit delayed in finalising the results of the Logo competition.  The judges hope to have this done in the coming two weeks and ready for the swim hats to be printed.  Apologies for the delay.

The Ballycotton Sea Temperature Gauge is back in action after a few months offline.  It’s confirming that the temperatures remain over 8c in the water, which is very good for February.

We’re going to swim today, Thursday, at 4.30, but Saturday’s forecast is terrible, so that one is cancelled.  It might even look like this again..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville – February 4th – still four hours to high tide.

A bit too frothy.

The wind had moved to Southerly by the planned swim time at 4.30 yesterday – no swim!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville, Monday February 3rd, 2014 – should have brought a board.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville, Monday February 3rd, 2014 – not going to make it to the Dutchman!

Hopefully we’ll get in on Thursday at 4.30.  Saturday looks very suspect at the moment.

Mad maps & lost sheep (or goats?)

Despite the Armageddon forecast for Saturday morning, it was quite swimmable.  We had seven swimmers and at 8.4c, nobody felt the need to get out early.

We were surprised when Finbarr Hedderman arrived, as there had been a lot of big talk on Twitter during the week about swimming at 7.30 in Sandycove.  Poor old Finbarr turned up down West to find himself alone in the dark – with the Twitterati staying in bed.  Ah well, at least he was able to come across to Myrtleville for some company 🙂

Gary Frost’s map for the swim shows there was a bit of messing around and stop-starting going on, but it was really enjoyable.  Finbarr and Jim Shaloo headed over outside the breaking waves at the Dutchman, with the rest of us turning at Fennell’s Bay.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Mad Maps – what was Gary doing?

Siobhan Russell swam on Thursday and Sunday – here’s proof:

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Toes-eye view – the Dutchman and Roches Point are thataway.

Not the greatest forecast for the week, but we can’t complain for February.  Going to try for 4.30 Monday and Thursday, with 8.15 on Saturday morning looking the most dodgy one given the current weather predictions.   There’s bound to be a calm bit, though!