Frothy Fountainstown

Heading for shelter from the SW wind in Fountainstown on Saturday morning seemed like a good idea – but the water was out so far the wind was really whipping up the shallows.  Still, it was great fun and completely safe as you could stand just about everywhere all the way out to Ringabella!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Gary heads for the horizon. Looking for enough water to swim in.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Denis in the distance – blustery wind whipping up the shallow sea.

The triathletes getting ready for Lanzarote, Nice etc. are all looking for time in the open water now – Saturday wasn’t the ideal start!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Dave Foley back for his first swim of 2014 and David Ginnell in for his first sea swim preparing for Ironman Nice. And a guy in togs.

The forecast is looking good this week.  Safe swimming!

Where’d the weather go?

As soon as we start to enjoy warmer water and some sun, the Irish weather comes back to show us who’s the boss. Sea temps have dropped back a bit – around 9c this morning – but not enough to deter these familiar faces from a return to the sea – they even brought a small new recruit.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Warm weather swimmers return – and growing in numbers.

The Bank Holiday Monday is often a quieter session, but a good crowd headed in, despite the lumpy water.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

May Bank Holiday Monday.

Forecast looks a bit poor for the weekend, so swim safe if you’re going in.  We’re going to swim from Fountainstown at 8.15 tomorrow morning.

I “borrowed” this one from Gordon Adair – great shot of the rocks.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The Dutchman.

 

More hats & more hours.

As anyone following various tweets will know, there’s no greater supporter of Myrtleville – and The Hat – than Angela Harris. She was so excited about finally collecting her very own hat on Saturday, that she slept through her alarm.  Fortunately, Mike was on hand to save the day and collect it for her.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Mike Harris delighted with his new hat – and one for Angela, of course.

She was just thrilled when she met him later and was greeted with..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

I got you a present, Angela..

Thrilled.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Angela & her hat – happy together at last.

We had over twenty in the water on Saturday morning – some incognito:

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Agent O – fresh from her daring Sandycove mission – collects her hat. Important to keep her identity secret for other missions.

Being a long weekend, there was a lot of swimming, even in the miserable conditions.  Siobhan Russell was in the West.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Siobhan Russell heads off into Bantry Bay.

The swimming event of the weekend, however, was a bit closer to home.  Finbarr Hedderman, preparing for his North Channel swim in July, swam for six hours in Sandycove on Saturday AND Sunday.  That’s incredible swimming and well worth a mention.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Finbarr Hedderman heads for home after his second six-hour swim this weekend.