New 2 & 1/2 Dutchman Laps Award Announcement

As the home of swimming in Cork, Myrtleville is rightly seen as a leader in all areas of right-thinking-swimmy-stuff.  As part of our leadership role, the proliferation of “lap achievement” awards from smaller, more Westerly swimming groups (if three people on a good day counts as a group) has been noted.  Hats and T-Shirts abound for any-old-number-you-fancy-yourself, down West. 

In a carefully considered response, the Committee Of Nominations Around Really Tough Individual Swimmy Thing Stuff (work out that acronym for yourself) have today announced what is sure to become the pre-eminent, sought-after award for all aspiring sea swimmers, The Goat-Free Myrtleville Marathoner 2 & 1/2 Dutchman Laps Award.

Guideline map of Two and a half a laps with clear numbering system.

While other “awards” are handed out like confetti to anyone who picks a number of laps out of a hat (and then puts that number on a hat), our criteria are different (now there’s a surprise), transparent and are – in fact – the most tremendous criteria ever for an award system.

The numbering system shown above – as provided by Mr. James Shalloo – to determine how many half laps (#goat-free) have been achieved follows a sequential process in iterations of one from the first to the third in relevant marker points, each of which marks a point on which one of the sequential numbers is marked.  How clear is that?

If you’re still in doubt, here’s a clearer picture of a lap around the Dutchman to give you guidance.  Note lack of goats and the precise angles of turns required for lap measurement.  On this point, please note that submission of Strava data to verify laps is strictly forbidden.  It is understood from sources at the North Corkorea Camps that this data is being used to track the vast volumes of swimmers in Myrtleville, as a pre-cursor to further attempts to lure them away to the “fresh” water.

The Award will be overseen by internationally-renowned marathon swimming coach, Eilis Burns, who is herself one of the first proud recipients. Ms. Burns rightly attributes her international success in Spain a few years back to her annual dip in Myrtleville.  Ms. Burns will be supervising training plans and ensuring that all aspiring swimmers are fully prepared for this challenge.  She is pictured here at the Announcement of the Award and Inaugural Recipients.

As ever, Viva Myrtleville!

Lip liner? Seriously?

It’s gone mad now.  Everything.  The world.  Mad. 

One constant I had to cling to in life was that the car boot is where you keep swimmy stuff.  Everyone the same.  Dumped there.  Loads of it.  Clean it out a couple of times a year.  Grand.  Comforting, though.  You know your swimmy stuff is there.  Togs.  Goggles.  Hats.  Flasks.  Towels.  Lip liner.  Wha?

“I’ve lip liner in the boot, if you need it”.  Words I never thought I’d hear at the top of Myrtleville beach.  Until yesterday.  Then I noticed various ladies unwilling to get out of their cars until they had primped, preened and titivated to their satisfaction. 

Is this the Instagram generation taking us over?  “I wouldn’t be seen dead at the Dutchman without lipstick….”?  “It’s under 10c, I’d better use a different foundation….”?

Seriously, ladies, ye don’t need to be listening to Denis.  Ye’re gorgeous just they way ye are.  Clean out those boots now.  Put the lippy back in the house where it belongs.  Go for the natural look.  Like these icons.  Not a lip liner between them.

Really now.   Kiss that lip liner goodbye.

The size of the fight in the dog…..

It’s a true saying – it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.  Great examples spring to mind in sport, from the bould Joe Deane laying waste to massive Tipp defenders for years (never lost to Tipp in his whole career, our Deano) to this iconic Peter Stringer image – as he prepared to hold his own with men apparently twice his size…

Gwan ya good ting, Strings.

Now, to relate this to our own OWS world we have a new iconic image to treasure, as our local hero, Bernie Lynch, refuses to be intimidated by the giants of the sport around him and gets right in to the picture – as good as any of ’em, boy!

Gwan, Bernie!  Hup ya boy ya!!  Feck de begrudgers!!!  Happy birthday, Ned 🙂

Steve Redmond film – Saturday 18th @ 4pm

The Swimmer, a short film featuring Steve Redmond, will be in the Cork Film Festival on Saturday next at 4pm in the Everyman Theatre.

Steve’s film is part of the International Short Films section and the line-up of films looks like a great couple of hours of entertainment.  

Tickets can be booked here: Cork Film Festival Tickets

If you can be in town on Saturday, Steve would be delighted to see any swimmers there.Meet the stars - Steve Redmond gets to have his photo taken with Pat Higgins and Tom Bermingham. "Better than any Oceans Seven", said Steve :-)Meet the stars – Steve Redmond gets to have his photo taken with Pat Higgins and Tom Bermingham. “Better than any Oceans Seven”, said Steve 🙂

Vampire Swim 2017 – 28th October @ 12.00

Update from Aisling Barry:

The forecast for Saturday is looking good with light West winds.  We have 58 people registered for the Vampire Swim and we have only ordered 100 hats.  If you’re not registered we cannot guarantee you a hat. Email vampireswimcork@gmail.com to ensure you’re on the list.

Cost is €10 and all proceeds are going to the Children’s Unit in CUH.  

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

To donate blood, ring the Blood Bank and make an appointment – details on http://www.giveblood.ie.  Thanks to everyone who has done this already.

Remember – swimmers need to register their names to vampireswimcork@gmail.com.   If you don’t register, you don’t get a hat.

Toes in the water at 12 midday on Saturday, 28th October.   There will be a few nibbles afterwards on the beach.  All are welcome – swimmers or not – but fancy dress expected!

Any questions contact Marie or Aisling on the email above.

Rough water exits

The sea is getting rough next week and we’re heading into Winter, when rough water and waves will be much more common.  Swimming in the waves is great crack, no question. 

Getting in and getting out of the waves is not quite so much fun and potentially dangerous. 

Donal Buckley is doing a very detailed series on this and I’m going to point everyone there.  However, I’m going to copy a couple of his lines below – just as a summary. 

We’re very lucky in Myrtleville to have a sandy, safe exit 99% of the time.  There are rocks, though, and even on sand a wave can hit and flip you very easily.  That’s painful – and dangerous.  Think before you get in and think very hard about how you’ll get out.  It’s too late to do that when you’re in the waves.

From loneswimmer.com:

  • You should not be getting into open water before you know where or if you can safely exit.
  • You should not let others decide for you if exit conditions are safe.
  • Alternatively you should not get into the water simply because someone else is already in there.
  • A corollary of these statements is that you should not be getting in the water in anticipation that a safe exit will somehow present itself once you have entered the water.

Swim safe – which can mean “don’t swim today”.  If it looks a bit dodgy to get in, it’ll be a lot worse to get out 🙂

Turkey Swims 2017

Mark your diaries for the Turkey Swim Dates 2017! Times, Locations & Dates below…

Remember this is open to everyone who swims regularly in the Sea, no matter where they normally swim.  This is not exclusive to any club or group of swimmers, If you want to swim on a date, come along, find a swim buddy and join in, no matter where the swim is on! The Sandycove times are based on tides and at Myrtleville we can swim on any tide so there is a mix of Morning/afternoon times to try and suit all people over both days of the weekend.  Wetsuit, Skins, Fins, all welcome!
How the ‘Turkey Swims’ work:
** Swimmers Sign In and pay €2 on the day of Swim. (someone will have a money box and sign-in sheet – probably Carol, Angela or Eoin).
** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 23rd Dec at Fountainstown, These include Butcher Vouchers (instead of an actual Turkey) and many other spot prizes (The Edge Vouchers / wine / chocolates / selection boxes etc!). We had over 30 prizes last year.
** Don’t Forget to Pay and Sign In, if you don’t you are not in the draw!
** Make however many swims you can.
** The more you swim, the more times you are entered for the ‘draw’.
** A Swim doesn’t have to be 30mins, no min/max time or distance, turn up and do what you feel comfortable with on the day. Togs or Wetsuit, up to you, swim safe, stay warm, swim with similar speed buddies. Turning Up for Fresh Air and a chat also counts, sometimes that’s what we need.
** The Swimmers Turkey Series is a Social Event for Cork OW swimming in the Winter.
Remember to bring your Flasks for after the swims for hot drinks to help you warm up, Nibbles are always welcome too!, there is talk of some people bringing cake! ideal way to practice for the Great Turkey Bake Off on Sat 23rd Dec! (See the Facebook event for more info)

East Cork Open Water Swimmers

MEETING NOTIFICATION:

East Cork Open Water Swimmers

Are meeting 11th October 8pm Midleton Park Hotel.

Wear swimming shirts if you have them.

Meet in the main bar.

Agenda – trying to establish regular swim times in East Cork.

Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested.

Christmas presents – sorted.

Wondering what to get for the swimmer (and car-owner) in your life, this Christmas?  The year’s must-have fashion accessory, of course.  The Myrtleville Swimmers windscreen decal.  I didn’t even have to make this one up.  Fair dues to Owen McSweeney.

You’d expect to find Kieran Murphy around anything like this – and sure enough…

Can’t wait to see Finbarr Hedderman’s car when he gets his one done.  Bernard has already ordered one for Ann Lynch.  Don’t tell her though, it’s a surprise.