Ned Denison & others have put together two short documents for anyone thinking of getting into open water swimming in the Cork, Fermoy and Kinsale areas.
Well worth reading, for the many people who will be starting or recommencing OW swimming as the temperatures heat up.
Starting OW swimming in Cork for beginners.
Starting OW swimming in Cork for experienced swimmers.
As always when swimming – be careful, plan ahead and SWIM SAFE.
Over thirty swimmers yesterday with 13.1c water and the sun shining. It’s warmer than it was last May and June, before the heatwave.
We had first-timers, old-hands returning from foreign climes and a very happy group who swam through the Winter and are enjoying the payback of how warm it feels now.
Diana Neaves and Anne O’Connor enjoying getting into swimming in the sea.
Lisa’s last swim was in 23c water in Australia – she still did 45 mins in 13c here.
Nice to see our safety boats are still looking good in 2014.
A long way from Fermoy – Blackwater Tri’s Martin Buckley & Nigel Caroll.
Traffic jam – Myrtleville Mondays are busy already.
It’s hard to keep up with the hat at this stage. Spotted last weekend in Edinburgh, checking out the Commonwealth pool. It’ll probably get invited to the Games in Glasgow during the Summer.
The Hat adorns the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.
The hat also appears to have mystical powers. Here’s a shot of Gary Frost passing Charlies Bar in Lanzarote. Apparently he’d never passed a pub on his holidays before he got a hat – or so Denis told me.
Gary cruising past Charlies Bar, Puerto Del Carmen.
The white vs. yellow factions can get a bit heated at times.
My hat is nicer than your hat – Gary Frost and Anne Sheehy modelling both colours in Lanzarote.
Carmen Burns got in on the act on her holidays too.
Carmen Burns swimming by the harbour in the Old Town, Puerto Del Carmen.
We haven’t got Lanzarote temps but at over 11c in the water now and heading for 12c, we can’t complain.
Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons was famous for his hats, as well as his Sax. Mr. Finbarr – Ice Miler, Channel Swimmer and unrivalled cold water Sandycove lapper – is our local swimming Big Man. It’s only right he should be seen with a famous hat. Who needs one of those ones with numbers when you can have the Dutchman, Finbarr? You’re more than just a number to us 🙂
The Hat meets its biggest fan.
Yet another of Ned Denison’s contributions to swimming is maintaining the catchily-titled County Cork plus some of Kerry Coastline – Long Swims -17-4-14 for swims of 5k and over.
A note from Ned as he looks to review the list to approve it, up to the end of 2013, as an accurate record:
“PLEASE make sure you are listed where appropriate.
The easiest way is to search on your name…email me any changes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not YET on the list…it starts with a dream…”
Planned swim times for Myrtleville Beach. These are the times most likely that a group will assemble. Email email@example.com if you’re interested any day. Or tweet @MyrtlevilleS.
These times can vary and are weather dependent, so definitely check in advance if you’re coming on your own. Swim at your own risk. Don’t swim alone. Always swim in groups.
- Monday: 18:00
- Tuesday: 06:15
- Friday: 06:15
- Saturday: 08:15
Always remember – swim safe. Good information here for anyone swimming in Myrtleville.
Swim at your own risk.
The tour continues. It started its day in Dublin, zipped to Spain….and then….a daring raid to………
The hat goes to Seapoint in Dublin.
Then swiftly crosses the seas to Mallorca. What a hat.
The Hat arrives at Sandycove with Agent M.
Howya, Rob? How’s Finbarr? Ban – what ban? Hat of many colours at rest in Sandycove.
Agent C with her happy touring hat and Agent O – hers is on order.
Stay tuned for further updates 🙂
Swimming around past Bunny’s towards Fountainstown this week, reminded me of just how far out the rocks come and how easy it is to forget them when the tide is in. These pictures make it pretty clear!
Myrtleville from the sky – by Dennis Horgan.
Siobhan’s shot of the rocks at Bunny’s.
Monday night saw more returnees as the water temp hit 11c. That and the sunshine on land almost removed any post-swim shivers.
Anne O’Connor, Dan Sweeney, Tomás Ó Loingsigh & Barbara-Anne Richardson getting back in to the sea for 2014.
Carol ditched her wetsuit as the Winter ends and Joleen got into the swing of things, abandoning hers too.
Carol Cashell & Joleen Cronin – who needs wetsuits?
Maeve Mulcahy swam most of the Winter, but missed the last six weeks. No bother to her getting back into it, especially on such a nice evening.
Maeve Mulcahy & Rebeca Power.
Swimming tomorrow, Thursday morning at 06.30 and then Friday and Saturday mornings at 08.15. Forecast looks good.
The new hats continue to fan out across the globe – or the country, at least.
Our hat takes on the 50m pool in UCD.
Gone to the Gaeltacht – Hat in An Spideal, Galway.
Unfortunately, it seems that one place it won’t be seen is at Sandycove. After a hasty committee meeting on Sunday, bye-law no. 147.b.11.A.54 (proposed by F. Hedderman and seconded by R. Bohane) banned the wearing of Myrtleville hats around the Island. Poor Eoin O’Riordan had to do the walk of shame back to his car to change hats and then Mr. Finbarr made him go around the island six times as punishment. Ah, lads…..