This is important. Please note and share. The six safety buoys have been laid out specifically to encourage swimmers to follow a route which keeps us safe. This means you should NOT swim directly from Buoy 4 at the Dutchman rocks to Buoy 6 at Bunnyconnellan. To do that means you are out in an area where marine traffic can be passing at speed. They may not expect to meet swimmers out there.
A lap of the six buoys is 1,350m. This includes a dog-leg from buoy 4 to 5 to 6. This was planned. It’s for your safety. For every lap – do the dog-leg. Touch Buoy 5. If you don’t, you’re taking a risk. Here’s a map from one swimmer – she did the dog-leg.
There is a Mariner’s Notice in place for Myrtleville Bay and within the buoys. Our job as swimmers is to stay within the buoyed area. Do the dog-leg. Seriously. Swim Safe.