The Pie & The Pic

Thanks to everyone who brought pressure to bear on Carol “Miss Mean” Cashell.  Our man has had his pie at the four-hour mark.  

Bernard can actually come home now, as he only went so he could get one of those iconic “man and channel ferry” pictures for his wall.  He’s got that now.  Still, might as well keep going as he’s there.  

Ferry falling behind in the race to France.

Got The Pic now.  Everything else is a bonus.

Gougane Barra Swim

A reminder from Tadhg Harrington to get your entries in for the Gougane Barra Swim next Saturday, September 3rd at 4pm.

This is a 2.5km handicapped lake swim with a 4.5km option for those who can complete the course in 90mins or less.

Participants have to be capable of swimming 2.5km competently.

It’s an interesting fresh-water swim with good boat cover and shore monitoring, in one of Irelands most beautiful lakes, the source of the Lee.

To register, click here for the link.

  • Include an accurate time for 1km for handicapping purposes or your Lee Swim time.
  • Wetsuit or Togs?
Gougane Barra Swim - Route map

Gougane Barra Swim – Route map

Keeping it real, down Myrtleville way

The LoneSwimmer himself, Mr. Buckley, succumbed to a moment of pique a while back when confronted with the Lidl ad for togs.  He threw down the goggles/gauntlet publicly (or on twitter anyway) and challenged the model to an open water swim.  No response from the model.

The unwittingly offensive Lidl ad, with the non-responsive model who won't race LoneSwimmer.

The unwittingly offensive Lidl ad, with the non-responsive male model who won’t race the LoneSwimmer.

I was reminded of the LoneSwimmer’s challenge by another togs ad from H2Open:

More common or garden open water swimmers, like you'd see around the beach any day.

More common or garden open water swimmers, like you’d see around the beach any day.  Perhaps not our beach, though.

As the advertising industry is clearly interested in realistic portrayals of open water swimmers, I did a quick trawl of some of Siobhan Russell’s pictures.  I’ve pasted below a suitable portfolio of models, all available to pose for togs ads at any time.  Just come calling H2Open, Lidl et al – we’ve got what you need to shift togs by the bucket-load.

John and Frank - who wouldn't want to buy their togs?

John and Frank – who wouldn’t want to buy their togs?  John is available for assignments in the US while he’s over swimming to Alcatraz shortly.

Togs-R-Us - a range of options here for the ad agencies. As an aside, I bet not one of those Lidl and H2Open models could have kept up with Brenda for 13k across Galway Bay.

Togs-R-Us – a range of options here for the ad agencies. As an aside, I wonder how the models would have got on with Brenda for 13k across Galway Bay.

Festive togs market sown up by K. Murphy. Ad agencies beating down his door.

As Christmas products appear in shops already, the Festive togs advertising market should be sown up by K. Murphy. Ad agencies will be beating down his door.  He’s already well know in the wetsuit marketing arena – Huub, specifically.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

And finally, for any togs marketer looking to corner the grey dollar in togs – the main men for the mature market: Pat and Tom – keeping it real, 365 days a year.

All enquiries for modelling work for any of our portfolio above should be addressed to Condons’ Cuties Model Agency, Slip Top, Myrtleville, Cork. 

Note: Models shown are for illustration only and may not be actual size, but they can all swim in the sea. Quite well, actually.

Foxy swim on Saturday, August 20th at 08.15

From Joleen “Foxy Loxy” Cronin:

Hey guys, we put the Saturday 8.15am swim into the programme for the Irish Redhead Convention on 20 August. No idea how many keen redheads will turn up for a splash, but it would be really great if as many of us regulars can be there to welcome them to the beach and show them what’s what!

It’s the same day as Garnish island swim, but that’s happening later on that day, so hoping to have a few around in the morning. Thanks, much appreciated x

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