Weekend swims

Lots of swimming at the weekend, with groups in right through Friday to Sunday.  It was slightly chillier in the morning at 8.5c, but a nice warm 11c on land made up for it.  Afternoon swimmers found it over 10c in the water – very nice for April.

We had a new swimmer, Sean, down on Saturday morning for the first time in Myrtleville.  I was helpfully explaining where we’d be going and what to do if he wanted to turn back etc.  What I should have been doing was asking him how fast he was.  I knew pretty soon as he disappeared over the horizon ahead of me with the likes of Eddie and Eoin.  I could almost hear him laughing – but he was too far ahead. No need to worry there, then 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Lots of new hat wearers on Saturday morning.

Blackwater Tri continued their OW sessions.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Blackwater Tri – Saturday lunchtime swim.

A sure sign of Summer is the ferry bringing in the tourists.  Always good to see.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Joleen races the ferry home.

Swimming tonight at 6.00pm, then Tuesday at 4.30pm, Thursday morning in the water at 6.30AM, Friday morning 8.15am (I know not everyone is off, but some are so why not go swimming!) and Saturday 8.15am, as usual.

Shiny in the sun

Swim tomorrow morning at 8.15 – if it’s like today, we’ll be blessed!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Myrtleville today – who needs Lanzarote! We’re only a little jealous 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Tom & Pat – enjoying the sunshine.

Swim hats

It may have taken just a bit longer than planned, but our new hats are now printed and available in yellow or white.  Thanks to everyone who entered and our sponsors from Diesel, North Main Street and Centra, Crosshaven.

The judges decided they liked parts of three different entries – from three different families!   No expense was spared in finding the leading experts in the field to combine these into a logo for print (thanks, Joleen!) and here’s the result.  No longer sad…

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Happy Hat.

With input from the Frost, O’Neill and Russell family entries, the logo combines Roches Point, the Dutchman rocks and a piece of graffiti familiar to everyone who swims in Myrtleville – “Edging Insanity” – from the doors of the old boathouse.

For Rock Trivia fans: Edging Insanity was a short-lived Waterford band, who played in the Pine Lodge – or maybe just visited the beach –  and left their mark forever: or until the doors get painted!!  They split in 2010 😦

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Recipients from the Frost, O’Neill & Russell families – with judge, jury & sponsors!

 

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Lots of entrants!

Hats are available at the cost price of €8 each from Bernard Lynch, Damian O’Neill or Carol Cashell.

Presentation over – time for a swim!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Trying out the hats.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and assisted.

Saturday swims and poses.

Saturday was a bit dreary but the water was swimmable and over 9c.  Two groups in during the day – the normal 8.15am and a group from Blackwater Tri at 1.00.  Amazingly, Siobhan arrived to take pictures of the first group and then swam with the second.  Dedicated to the cause and no mistake 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Just down to take the pictures – not swimming until lunchtime.

Fair dues to the Blackwater group, they knew she was a hero and gave her a throne.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Siobhan Russell gets a lift – well done Nigel Carroll and Martin Buckley.

As ever, when Siobhan says “pose” –

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Blackwater Tri – they’re really up for posing for Siobhan. And swimming too, of course.

We’ll be launching the new swim hats on an unsuspecting world at 5.45 today, before the usual 6.00 swim.  Swims also planned on Thursday at 4.30pm and Saturday at 08.15.

First Monday night of 2014

Twelve swimmers in lovely sunshine and 9.5c water on the last day of March.  The water was a small bit lumpy with a SE wind, but still a great start to the Monday nights for 2014.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Dan O’Mahony and Dave Smyth in for their first sea swim of 2014.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

First Monday night of 2014.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Denis joins Anne and Carmen in togs.

4.30pm this Thursday and Saturday at 08.15, as usual.

Watch that wave, Anne.

As has been noted on this site regularly, Denis Condon has been a diligent swimmer all Winter.  An example to us all, he has missed very few days in the sea.  Last week he was in Fountainstown and decided to ditch the wetsuit.  It was a momentous occasion, witnessed by Anne & Carmen and recorded for posterity by a passing delivery man (fair dues, Bernard).

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Denis in Skin!  With supporter & camera team.

Not content with a photo, Anne Sheehy waded in a few feet to record the event.  Denis ploughed through the waves and Anne was so focused – well, just watch the 23 seconds of the video 🙂

The non-humorous part is that Anne says the slipway in Fountainstown is like a cheese grater if you meet it the wrong way!  Ouch.  The good news was she was fully recovered for the first Monday night last night and duly posed for Siobhan!

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Anne – survived the grater and made it for the first Monday night of 2014.