Starting OW Swimming in Cork

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.

Also in the harbour, Cobh Tri Club have organised swims in Cuskinny each Saturday from April to September.  Contact them for details.

As always when swimming – be careful, plan ahead and SWIM SAFE.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

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Warm sea and Mondays are getting busy already.

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.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Diana Neaves and Anne O’Connor enjoying getting into swimming in the sea.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Lisa’s last swim was in 23c water in Australia – she still did 45 mins in 13c here.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Nice to see our safety boats are still looking good in 2014.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

A long way from Fermoy – Blackwater Tri’s Martin Buckley & Nigel Caroll.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Traffic jam – Myrtleville Mondays are busy already.

Still touring

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.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

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.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland & Lanzarote!

Gary cruising past Charlies Bar, Puerto Del Carmen.

The white vs. yellow factions can get a bit heated at times.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland & Lanzarote!

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.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

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.

The Big Man & The Hat

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 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The Hat meets its biggest fan.  

Ned’s long swims list.

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 ned.denison@corkopenwater.com.

If you are not YET on the list…it starts with a dream…”

Swim times for April & May

Planned swim times for Myrtleville Beach. These are the times most likely that a group will assemble. Email myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.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.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Swim at your own risk.

The Hat never sleeps

The tour continues. It started its day in Dublin, zipped to Spain….and then….a daring raid to………

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The hat goes to Seapoint in Dublin.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Then swiftly crosses the seas to Mallorca. What a hat.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

The Hat arrives at Sandycove with Agent M.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Howya, Rob? How’s Finbarr? Ban – what ban? Hat of many colours at rest in Sandycove.

Open water sea, swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Agent C with her happy touring hat and Agent O – hers is on order.

Stay tuned for further updates 🙂