Enoying every minute of the weather!

It really has been an amazing month of weather and sea temperatures.  Lots of swimming still being done.  Monday nights at 6.00pm will continue until October 20th.  The clocks go back on Sunday 26th, so that will be that for another year.  Just 08.15 on Saturday mornings as the set time until next April, although lots of people will go at earlier day times during the week.

Saturday morning was beautiful and various groups went to Church Bay and back and Fountainstown – either one way or return.  That group were dead chuffed with themselves, so they went for an extra long breakfast afterwards.  The life of Riley. 

Meanwhile in Spain, Pat Lowry had to deal with water even hotter than ours and got the dreaded (for triathletes) “No Wetsuit” notification!  He seems to have managed just fine in his togs, though.  Well done, Pat 🙂

Nice see also that The Hat continues to travel and spread the love.  Spotted in Salthill at the weekend.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Enjoy the warm seas!   Swim Safe.

Good luck, Pat!

Pat Lowry has been a great addition to Myrtleville Swimmers all year, preparing for his Ironman in Mallorca next Saturday.  Best of luck, Pat, from everyone in Myrtleville.  You’re already a lead candidate for “pose of the year” so keep up that level of effort and attention to detail on Saturday.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

You could meet anyone around Myrtleville. Look who broke out of the cage.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Pat “Mr. Pink” Lowry in one of the designs for the new hat Rob Bohane has commissioned.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Pat Lowry on his last Saturday morning swim before his Ironman on Saturday, September 27 in Mallorca. Gary Frost indicates expected position out of the water.

Tequila Goggles

The effects of Beer Goggles are well known, but fewer studies have been done on Tequila Goggles.  On Saturday night, extensive research was undertaken to determine how post-swim athletes would be effected by tequila intake.  If it’s “in vino veritas” and “in aqua sanitas” then I think it must be “in tequila Denis’s ass”.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Under controlled conditions, the experiment commences. Controlled, as in – indoors.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Denis – I wanna be Adored, as the song says. And he is. That tequila’s great stuff.  Anne queues for her turn.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Denis – even more adored. Anne gets a turn and Siobhan sneaks in too. Tequila Goggles are amazing.

Please note – no Tequila Experiments pre-swim, only post-swim 🙂

Crosshaven Challenge Triathlon 2014

Another fantastic event, with great performances all round.  I’m just gathering together the links from Facebook and elsewhere here in one post as a few people have asked.  I’ve put all the photos from Siobhan Russell on Google+ so they’re accessible to all outside of Facebook.

This year in particular, saw lots of “next generations” entered, with various Sloweys, Shalloos, Lynchs, Lowrys etc on show.  All look like massive improvements on the older editions.  I know there are others, so apologies I can’t get them all in!

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A great addition to the event was this video taken by Drone. Well done to Nomah (Age 13).

Finally, the full results are available here.  Well done to the organisers, sponsors and participants.  Centra – Brightens up your Day 🙂

Sea swimming makes you smile – again.

I’ve said this before but these five pictures taken by Siobhan Russell on Monday night really reminded me of it again.  Easterly wind, rough water – still brilliant.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Poser Frost and Posee Cashell.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Patrick McCabe & Jamie O’Donnell – proper Man poses.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Ruth McSweeney & waves.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Kieran Murphy & Ros O’Brien – Cheshire Cat smiles.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Audrey Burkley strips off!

With the water over 17c, it’s a long way to Winter yet!  Swim Safe.

Minane Bridge to Roberts Cove – Part 2.

Tom McCarthy’s swim from Minane Bridge to Roberts Cove

Part 2 The Dam to Robert’s Cove.  Distance: 7 Km.

From Fountainstown up to the Dam is about 2km of tidal mudflats. As I intend to start the swim tomorrow at high water the mudflats will be covered and the channel will not be visible. As the flats may only have a foot or two of water over them they will be unswimmable, so it’s vital to stay in the channel. On these mud banks if you go aground on a falling tide you can neither swim nor walk and you can end up in serious trouble. On the Carrigaline mudflats a guy in a small boat lost the channel on an ebb tide, went aground and the only way off was a SAR helicopter. This happened only last year.

So therefore, so as not to end up like a complete Wally, the channel would have to be marked. You can’t do it on high tide as you can’t see it and you can’t do it on low tide as there is not enough water to float your boat. So you must do it on 1/2 tide when the channel is still visible and there is enough depth to get your boat up. Earlier in the day I went to a nearby wood and cut about a dozen Hazel branches of about 10/12 feet length. The Hazel limbs grow quite straight. At one end I hewed a point for sticking in the mud and at the top end I attached some red cloth, so they would look like a flag pole with a red bunting.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Dam to Robert’s Cove.

Wed 20th August 1900 hrs The Sand Spit, Fountainstown.

With my friend Billy Kelleher we launch a 3 man Indian canoe, enough room for 2 of us and my flagpoles. We paddle upstream sticking our poles in the mud at any point where the channel turned or where it would still be visible from the last one. In about an hour we were up and back, got the markings done and confident that I wasn’t going home by Helicopter tomorrow.

Thurs 21st August The Pier Head Crosshaven. 1430Hrs

Arriving at Crosshaven pier with my crewman, Tom, who has done a couple of circumnavigations of the North Atlantic with me in our days in square rig, we find Billy Kelleher waiting with his RIB. Besides being an expert boat-handler, Billy is experienced in tending to open-water swimmers, having acted as safety- boat for several previous events.  I am especially aware that I will need two capable crew who will be able to haul me into the boat if required.

We motor around to Fountainstown and then slowly go up the channel to the Dam. Some of our markers are missing and the strong wind the night before must have knocked them over. However the remaining ones should be sufficient. We sit at the steps of the Dam waiting for the Ebb tide to start flowing out. We judge it by watching the water level on a step, drinking hot-chocolate and remaining well clothed. After about 1/2 hour we all agree it has dropped an inch or so. So, let’s do like Shepherds and get the flock out of here. I quickly change into togs etc and we are off….Incidentally the Ebb has started about 45 mins before High Water Cobh. Tides in river areas always need local knowledge. The 6 hours in 6 hours out cycles do not apply.

Swimming with the boat in front and the markers visible, I still touch bottom with my hands occasionally. (If you must touch bottom, make sure it’s a soft bottom).  I swim as fast as I can (which isn’t fast at all) just to get clear of the mud. After about 1/2 hour I start getting the tide and get a good push as we go along by the Ringabella woods. Now it’s enjoyable. Some friends, who are swimming horses bareback on the Fountainstown side, shout encouragement..giddy up…giddy up. Is it a sea horse they are talking to?

Finally out to sea and I am still getting a push from the tide – it’s stronger than I expected, maybe 1/2 knot. The wind forecast was Westerly force 6, but so far I am in the Lee of the land. About halfway from Ringabella point to the Cove I come around a point and the Westerly 6 is straight up my nose. To make matters worse, it’s wind against tide and it’s a steep, short sea which slaps me straight in the face. I’m Breast stroking and swallowing a lot of water. Bang, Bang, Spew! The lads in the boat are giving me drinks every 20 mins and I eventually take 2 Nurofen Plus as my neck is killing me. I later find I have a disc out. After 2 hrs 35 mins we arrive in Roberts Cove.

Tired but Happy we head for Home…..Not really…we do a deserved detour via Cronin’s Bar and Lounge. Not so much to celebrate, as to take fuel and liquid sunshine from a glass!

Swimmers wanted for Crosshaven Challenge

Anyone interested in leading off a team for the triathlon next Saturday, September 20, please contact Bernard Lynch – 086-2257058.  Short swim of about 500m and always a really enjoyable afternoon.

With the water staying so warm, the only problem is the East wind keeping things a bit lumpy.  It’s still great fun, though and everyone is enjoying the extended Summer.  There are groups in almost every day, with lots around on Saturday morning.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Saturday morning crew – September 13, 2014.

There are plenty of spots in the harbour sheltered from the Easterly and on Friday morning some people swam from Crosshaven towards Camden in calm water.  Another group got fancy for their regular Friday morning jaunt and went via RIB to the shelter of Roches Point and Whitebay – a beautiful swim.Well done to all the Cork to Cobh swimmers yesterday.  Not nice conditions and a great achievement to get it done.

Swim tonight at 6.00pm – some going at 5.00pm also.  If anyone wants an early morning, 06.20 Wednesday – just getting light then. Swim Safe.