RNLI swim – cancelled / moved / changed

The RNLI swim to Church Bay won’t go ahead on July 8th.  For any swim this year, it’s more than likely that we would have 200+ people on the beach, so that means waiting until after July 20th, at least, to run any event. 

As previously notified, we aren’t going to have a timed event this year.  We have now also decided to try to tie in a swim event with the arrival of the new buoys (supposedly mid-July, based on latest updates from the supplier).  That means (shock/horror), we won’t be having an event that goes from Myrtleville to Church Bay.  Instead, we will have a more relaxed lap-of-the-buoys event.  We will probably have a bucket for donations to the RNLI, but will not have pre-event entries.

Anyone who has entered through Nifty Entries for July 8 will receive an email in the coming week or so about their options on the entry fee paid.

We will probably schedule the event at a week’s notice, once the buoys are in and the weather is favourable.

For the swim to Church Bay – tune in next year 🙂

Pat and Antoinette finished – in the pre-Covid days.

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2020

We don’t have certainty about whether our planned event on July 8th will be allowed to go ahead, or if we – more likely – will have to defer to later in the year.  However, we do still plan to run it at the earliest possible opportunity – note the positivity 🙂  – and have decided we’re going to do so as a non-timed swim.  That will allow us more flexibility in organising and not hold our timing partners to a date, when we can’t guarantee it will run.

Whenever restrictions are lifted and it’s safe to do so, we aim to organise the swim this year as more of a “welcome back” for all of us deprived of our time in the sea, rather than a race.  For now, please stay safe and observe the health guidance.

2020 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim

Grand stretch in the evenings, so it’s time to start planning for the big event.

The 2020 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2km open water sea swim will take place on Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at 7.00 pm. Mark your diaries!

Entries will open in March and will close at 14.00 on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020.

Buoy fundraiser this Saturday 14th at 10am

The weather looks OK for Saturday morning – Westerly wind, so Myrtleville will be sheltered and no rain forecast.  We are looking for as many swimmers, friends and family on the beach as possible this Saturday morning donating €10 (or more, if you like!) to fund the cost of the new Spar buoys being installed in February.  Come down, have a dip or just a chat and donate to help with this safety improvement for all swimmers.

Looking forward to seeing a big crowd on Saturday morning. We will re-check the weather tomorrow, Friday, just to be sure!

Bernard Lynch & Damian O’Neill

Buoy Fundraiser – this is important

Everyone agrees that the buoys were a fantastic addition to Myrtleville this year.  We have learned, however, that the power of the waves near the Dutchman in particular need stronger buoys.   Spar buoys have been identified as the most likely to work for us.  They are marketed as “almost indestructible” in surf.

The intention would be that these buoys would be in all year-round.  The total cost of six of these buoys will be €3,412.   We have secured €1,000 in funding already.  We now plan to raise the rest by getting €10 a head from up to 250 swimmers on a weekend morning in Myrtleville in December.  We’ll watch the forecast and confirm the date on the Thursday beforehand.   It’s not going to be an organised swim or race, just lots and lots of us on the beach, committed to raising the funds needed for all of our benefit.

Bring coffee, bring cakes – or not.  If anyone wants to give more than €10, feel free- there are bound to be some maintenance costs in the years to come.  More details to follow, but be aware it’s going to happen.  It has to – we’ve already ordered them and they’re being manufactured for installation in February.  We know we’ll get the support, so why wait?

Bernard Lynch & Damian O’Neill

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Munster

FROM JEN MARSHALL:

Dear Friends,

My name is Jen Marshall and I am contacting you on behalf of Special Olympics Munster.

For the past 2 years Special Olympics has organised a fundraising event in Kinsale called the Polar plunge where we ask people to bravely jump into icy waters whilst raising money for Special Olympics Munster.  

This year’s plunge is being organised by a group of 10 enthusiastic Special Olympic athletes and volunteers and we hope to have family, friends and supporters all jump off the main pier in Kinsale town centre for charity.

I know that the Myrtleville Swimmers have been extremely kind over the years with your support and we would be extremely grateful members might consider supporting our Athletes once again by taking part in the event on the day.

The event takes place on the main pier in Kinsale (beside the Trident Hotel) on the Saturday 30th of November from 10.30. We would be honoured if people might consider taking part after their Saturday morning swim at 9 or even as an alternative to it, we would welcome all with open arms. There is an early bird registration for which I have embedded a link below – or people can turn up and register on the day.

http://www.specialolympics.ie/FundraisingEvents/PolarPlunge2019.aspx

It should be a fun local event with singers from the Kinsale choir, members of the local Gardai and most importantly our Athletes who will be there leading the mornings jump.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

Jen

Vampire Swim – Saturday, October 26th at 2pm

FROM AISLING BARRY AND MARIE WATSON:

The Vampire Swim will take place next Saturday at 14.00 in Myrtleville.   

Registration is via email to vampireswimcork@gmail.com and there are hats for the first 50 registered.  No registration number, no swim.  The Donation for the swim is €5 for those who have given a blood donation and €10 for non-donors. 

Please GIVE BLOOD.

Make an appointment at St. Finbarr’s and you’ll be prioritised over walk-ins.  

This year all funds raised will go to support Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre Program & Cork Lions Club.

Vampire Swim, Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Wedding day swim

It’s nice to post something that’s just – nice, for once.  No slagging – just nice.  Alan O’Flaherty got married yesterday and set himself up for a new life with a swim in Myrtleville in the morning and Siobhan – as ever – was there.  No nerves on show.  Well, maybe a little….

He was joined by Laurence, Anne, Denis (he’s back) and Bernard.

and he scrubbed up well later!  Congratulations to Alan and Aileen.