As if it wasn’t crowded enough on the beach!

Lots of new and returning swimmers arriving at the beach over the weekend.  It’s great to see new faces and welcome back chlorine-pickled, sea-deprived old friends!

Two newcomers from Blarney made it easy for the rest of us at 8.15 by going in around 7.30 on Saturday and warming the water up.  Thanks, lads!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

John McDonnell and Kevin Hedderman from Blarney – started early on Saturday. Thanks for leaving the immersion on for us, lads.

There’s a bit of learning to be done about who to avoid on the beach as well, of course.  Recent arrival, Susanne Deane, made the mistake of engaging a known menace in conversation – “How’d you like to buy this bit of carpet, missus”, went yer man’s sales-patter. “Pure synthetic wool-plastic, like.  Only a few left, missus”.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Never, ever talk to this guy, Susanne – dodgy, dodgy, dodgy.

Carol Cashell has been doing a bit of running with Carrigtwohill AC and brought a couple of club-mates, Dave Ronan and Marvin Board, down for a swim on Sunday morning. Being Carol, she no doubt gave them a complete, written briefing on what to expect and how to prepare for a safe swim.  I think possibly the mention of optional, orange personal-flotation devices got lost in translation for Marvin.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Marvin Board – Carol said ‘swim safe’ and he listened.

I haven’t got pics of everyone but welcome and welcome back to Fintan, Robert and others!  See you all in the sea.   Where else would you be?

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