An impending hanging….

Nothing focuses the mind like one.  In swimming terms, it’s having to do the first leg of that triathlon in June – the one you signed up for when June seemed a loooong way off.  Plenty of time to get some open water swimming done – right?  Now it’s a few weeks away 🙂

That’s a long-winded way of saying there’s lots of triathletes turning up now to get some practice in.  If you’re looking to get a race in warmer water temperatures,  Finbarr Hedderman is organising a perfectly-timed 1,500m swim on May 23 in Ballincollig: the Paddle in the Park – get your entries in now.

For those coming to the sea – and there were a lot over the weekend – it’s a pity the temp isn’t co-operating, dropping back to under 10c again. The sunshine made it beautiful on Saturday, though. For swimmers down early, this greeted us.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Myrtleville dawn – May 17, 2014

Siobhan inexcusably missed the morning session for photos – what’s the point in having a photographer-in-residence if she misses a swim every six months or so? To be fair, she was down for the afternoon sessions, when all the childminders in Crosshaven lost their business to the beach.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Swimming and crisps – childhood heaven.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Busy beach & shipping lanes.

Swimming as normal next week – Monday 6pm, Tuesday & Friday 06.15, Saturday at 08.15.  Swim Safe.

Sandycove East & The Wild West

Visiting Dublin, The Hat stopped off in the other / real / original / less rural Sandycove.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Cold water at about 9c in Dublin’s Sandycove.  Just like home this week.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Agent B heard tell of a poor guy stuck in a never-ending Island Loop last Sunday and went West to help him out.  He was ambushed and forced to wear non-conforming headwear – under threat of never seeing Myrtleville again if he didn’t do so.

It’s unclear which desperados were responsible – they stayed out of the picture. “Mad Moz” may or may not have been involved – but the ones they call “Mister” and “The Bull” are suspected of complicity in this heinous crime…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Agent B displaying less famous hats – under duress – in a little-known scenic location.

Cold, calm & cheerful.

No point in pretending the water wasn’t cold last night – there were patches that came direct from the polar ice cap.  A good forecast for the week ahead should see it heading back up again from the 9c or less it’s at now, into double figures again.  We deserve that!  A good crowd of twenty five or so over the evening, including the main large group – who got the Siobhan treatment.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Main group of photo models – or swimmers – respond to Siobhan’s instructions to Line Up.

Some people who were in early couldn’t contain their glee at being done and seeing the others off.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Laughing Lynch – On ye go now, sure it’s lovely and warm in there……

Pat Lowry has been swimming in Myrtleville regularly but always missed the pictures, so Bernard promised him a slot….

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Pat the Paramedic finally gets on the site.

Of course, he has a hat 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Pat’s Hat. Sorry, couldn’t resist that one. Showing my age.

For the small group who followed up last night with the 06.15 swim this morning, here’s what we got: worth getting up for.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Myrtleville at 06.15 May 13, 2014

Friday at 06.15 and Saturday at 08.15.  See you then!  Swim Safe.

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.