Safety support for Swim on June 20th

Anyone available to assist with safety support for the RNLI swim on Thursday June 20th at 7pm, please contact Bernard Lynch on zero eight six, two two five seven zero five eight.   We would appreciate help from RIBs, kayaks, SUPs etc.  We have a great reputation for our safety flotilla and with a large entry expected again this year, all help is very welcome.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Just some of the Safety Armada waiting for the start in 2014

14 February – Denis’s Day.

This 14th of February, let’s give due homage to the Valentinest Valentine of them all.

Denis.  One name – that’s all that’s needed.  Like Pele. Bono. Rasputin. Prince.  One name – a single word – and everyone knows who you mean.  His fame abounds.  That one name conjures up the images.  Female admirers flock to see him swim.  Meet him.  Be with him. Warm him, post-swim. 

Some use other single words to describe him.  Casanova. Charmer. Langer (they’re just jealous fellas, Denis – don’t mind them: it’s seeing the queue for a spin in the Yaris that drives the other men mad).Yes, of course, there are begrudgers.  No man with such a magnetic attraction for d’opposite sex could avoid the envy of other, less sensually successful men.  As his adoring mnás surround him each day, the other men wonder, “how does he do it”? 

How does he have them flock to him, while he loudly laments, “Ye’re all ancient. ‘Tis young wans we want down here, not a load of ould cougars.  Young wans, I’m tellin’ye. The rest of ye can bring de buns, though, then go down the slip out of sight of the newer models.  We need upgrades around here.”

How does he survive – and thrive?  “Treatin dem mean, to keep dem keen, like.” And yet – still they come to pay homage.  Feeding him.  Lauding him with buns. Amazing.  He must have phenomenal pheromones.

Let’s not wonder too much.  Let’s just learn from him, lads.  Acknowledge and admire him.  His is the way, the truth and the light.  Follow the path of Denis and the rich Bounties of life will be yours too (or if not Bounties, some nice buns at least).  Denis’s Day.  One to celebrate.  Get up, ya good thing.

Volunteers needed – always. Let’s work together.

It’s a great time of year for planning which swims to enter over the Summer.  Some are taking entries already and Carol Cashell is putting the Munster OWS Calendar together (thanks, Carol 🙂 ).  

While you’re making your plans, give some thought to helping out at one of the swims.  Most swims are very glad to get offers of help – registering, timekeeping, parking, kayaking, boat-support – the list of jobs goes on and as numbers of entrants rise, more volunteers are needed.  

Here’s a blast of Canned Heat to get you in the volunteering mood.

All pictures thanks to Siobhan Russell.

Size matters

As the Turkey Swims drew to a close yesterday, many fantastic prizes had been organised for participants by the intrepid Harris-Cashell team.  There were, however, also a few unwanted clothing discards, dumped by whoever had got stuck with them.

Poor Gary Frost was an unfortunate recipient  a lucky winner of a grey animal welfare item t-shirt which he was unbelievably and unreasonably  delightfully expected to wear.  Ever the gentleman, Gary gamely attempted to put it on – thankful that at least it was in his size, being clearly marked as “L”. 

Thankfulness soon turned to confusion as Gary discovered the new sizing scheme being used down West.  S, M & L around d’Island now stand for Slight, Mini and Little.

Here’s Gary modelling his Little version – soon to be donated to a worthwhile charity (for sizically-challenged people).

L for Little - Gary tries it on.

L for Little – Gary tries it on.

Tuck in over the Christmas, Gary.  You’re fading away if you can fit into that size.