RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim 2018

Entries are now open on Active.  Just click here.

The first 120 entries will receive unique, one-of-a-kind (or 120 of a kind) event swim hats. Get your entries in now!

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De Video – 2017

If I’m asked – and I often am – why so many people have taken to swimming in Myrtleville I say, “Siobhan Russell”.  In this digital age, having an in-beach photographer who captures the fun of sea swimming is fantastic.  People trying to decide if they should take the plunge and try getting in to the sea can browse online and clearly see others who may look a bit mad (we do), but who definitely are having fun.  Siobhan captures that and it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have her.

Here’s this year’s labour of love showing us all in all our glory!  Have a coffee and a relax.  It’s worth it.   Thanks, Siobhan.  You are a star.

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim 2017: Participant Information

Thanks to the over 300 entrants for tomorrow’s swim.  Entries will close at 1.00pm today. Please read/download the participant instructions from below, or they are also being emailed to each of you this afternoon, once entries are finalised.

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2017 – Participant Information

Registration is open from 17.00 to 18.30 in Myrtleville.  Participant numbers are high.  Come early.

Entries are not accepted on the day.

Safety Briefing:

The briefing will take place at 18.30 on the steps at Myrtleville beach.  All participants MUST be present for the briefing.

Swim start:

The swim will start at 19.00.  All participants enter the water at the same time.  High tide is at 21.00.

Transportation & Gear:

Participants should car pool to get some cars to Church Bay and then return to Myrtleville for the safety briefing at 18.30.

In Myrtleville, park well up the hill.  There will be no parking near the beach.  In Church Bay, there will be three volunteers from the local community group guiding traffic to available parking.  Listen to the volunteers.  Work with them.  If you have to walk a bit further, just do it.  You’re fit and you’ll enjoy it 🙂  

Enjoy the event.  Please assist the volunteers on the day by following instructions and being on time at each stage.

Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim, July 29th

From Ray “The Lovely” McArdle (don’t ask – he insists 🙂 )

The 7th Annual Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim takes place at Blind Strand, near the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry at noon on Saturday, July 29th. Courtmacsherry is a 45 minute drive from the Bandon Road roundabout.  The swim will be well sign posted from the village.  Please leave plenty of time for parking and registration. The safety briefing will take place at 11.15am.

The swim course starts on the beach at Blind Strand and proceeds anti-clockwise around 2 markers. 

Participants can choose between 1 lap (1.5K) or 2 laps(3K). Swimmers who elect to do 2 laps will run/walk a short distance on the beach prior to starting lap 2. 

The Courtmacsherry volunteers will provide soup and sandwiches for all participants and volunteers.  This year I’m delighted that IT@Cork Skillnet will once again be our main sponsor, providing the first 150 swimmers registered with a generous goody bag.  Really nice gifts inside each one.

Registration this year is again via Active. Click here to enter.

Registration closes on Thursday, July 27th.  Entry fee is €15 online.  If the event maximum of 150 swimmers is not met, I will accept some entries on the day.  On the day fee will be €25 and all proceeds go to the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat.  Swim Ireland membership is not mandatory for this swim. 

If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer to kayak, please have them contact me directly.

Any further updates will be posted on the event web page and emailed to those registered.

I look forward to seeing you for a fun swim on July 29th.

Ray “The Lovely” McArdle (I’m telling ya – he insists).

Bulman swim done – great start

Well done to all the organisers and participants at the first event of the year, the Bulman swim yesterday.  Great to see funds raised for the RNLI.  

Thanks to those participants who went home and immediately entered the June 10 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay swim – you know who you are!   For the rest of you, congratulations on getting your qualifier done and get entered now 🙂

Tell me again – what’s your excuse?

Entries for the world’s most important swim, the RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay on June 10th, are coming in steadily, but it’s worrying how many people are putting off their qualifying 1,500m sea swim –

“until May”.  It’s May now.  Has been for ten days.

“until it’s warmer”.  It’s Ireland.  Don’t delay for what may never be.  Anyway, the sea is up over 12c.  Our swim often runs at 13c.  Get used to it by swimming in it.

“until closer to the swim”.  Under 30 days.  Tick Tock.

“until my pool classes finish”.  Pool?  Wha’?  Get outta there.

By way of encouragement for the masses, Mae Irwin joined us to do 2km in Myrtleville this week.  At dawn.  Twice – Monday and Wednesday, so far.  Just to show it’s fine for anyone who was putting it off.

Mae Irwin before this morning’s dawn swim to show there’s no excuse not to be in the sea.

Mae is 10.  Ten.  Years.  Old.

So, tell me again – what’s your excuse?

Get in.  Get qualified.  Get entered.  Mae says it’s fine.

Click here to enter on Active.