Santa arriving early – fresh supply of Hats on the way.

There will be a new stock of the world’s most desirable stocking fillers, Myrtleville Swimmers hats, in Centra Crosshaven before Christmas.  Yellow, White, in demand and international.  The supplier has promised delivery in about ten days.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

I got you another present, Angela..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Pat’s Hat on Ironman training in Mallorca – I think that’s a yellow hat blowing away in the background.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Fair enough, he’s holding up the Hat, but it might as well be two fingers – ‘I’m on the beach in Floriday, Nah, Nah, Na, Na, Nah’

Update on the changing shelter.

Work to get a shelter built on the beach is moving along.  Obviously, the main focus is on making the structure low-key and in keeping with the surroundings.  You may recall one of the early designs.  You’d hardly notice it on the beach.

Changing area - proposed design.

It was suggested that this was so small it might actually be missed by visiting swimmers.  Kieran Murphy has proposed a way to draw some attention to it make sure it doesn’t completely fade into the background.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Kieran Murphy’s contribution to the design of the new changing shelter.

I think this is just the most tasteful and appropriate proposal. Fair dues, Kieran.  You’ve a real eye for eco-friendly design.  I’m certain there will be no objections to it.

Still warm – really.

At 11c and over, it’s a full degree warmer than 2013, when Carol Cashell recorded 10.2c on Dec 1st.  We’ll ignore the fact that 26 days later, she got 7.9c on St. Stephen’s Day.  The Winter has certainly been shortened.

We were unfortunate on Saturday morning to get the tail end of the Easterly wind, so twenty swimmers headed to Fountainstown for a splash in the slightly smaller waves.  Great numbers in the water.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Feckin’ Easterly. Myrtleville, 29 November.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

August morning in Fountainstown – or at least that’s what passersby thought. No parking spaces left.

The Turkey swimmers in Sandycove got the luck this weekend.  Sunday was a beautiful day for a swim.  Unfortunately, even that couldn’t drag Siobhan Russell out of her habitual down-in-the-mouth, unenthusiastic demeanour.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

You’d just feel like shaking her to get a bit of life into her. Always so downbeat – and don’t get me started on that Lowry fella.

Swims today at 11.00 (might just be too late for that one!) and at 4.30pm.   Enjoy it while we have it.