Here comes the Summer.

Only ten days to go.  Get entered now on Active.

With a lifetime’s thanks to the other Damian O’Neill – http://www.theundertones.com.

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.

Bulman RNLI Swim – Sunday, May 14th.

Thanks to Donna Galvin and Eoin O’Riordan for scheduling this perfectly timed qualifier for our RNLI swim on June 10 😉

FROM DONNA GALVIN:

Bulman RNLI Swim RESCHEDULED DATE

Apologies, but we had to move the swim to Sunday due to conflicting schedules in the harbour.

NEW DATE: Sunday 14th May, TITW @ 5.30pm
Registration @ 4.30pm
Registration closes @ 5pm, no exceptions.
Swim from Bulman Slip to Kinsale Marina Slip, 1800m. Cut off time is 1 hour.

There will be no entries accepted on the day, online entries to register only.

Click here to enter online in Active.

Safety Briefing @ 5pm, MANDATORY ATTENDANCE REQUIRED.

The swim will be divided into 2 or 3 waves, please follow instructions given at the safety briefing.

Kinsale Yacht Club have allowed swimmers access to the showers after 6.30pm only. This is on the condition that all the junior sailors have finished with the showers, so please follow instructions by the Yacht Club and volunteers.

Prize Giving in Kinsale Yacht Club @ 7pm.

If you cannot make this date and have already entered, please contact Donna Galvin directly for a refund. No transferring of entries allowed.

Get this one done and get entered for our own RNLI swim on June 10th 🙂

Get entered for RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay 2017

Entries are coming in steadily and with lots of people now getting 1,500m+ done in the sea, make sure to get yours in for June 10th as well.  The swim is now an event of the Cork Harbour Festival and will take place on the same day as the Ocean to City Race.

The 2017 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim will take place on Saturday, June 10th at 5.00pm. 

Participants must have submitted their entry online.  We can’t accept entries on the day.

Enter here: RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay 2017 Entries on Active

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22 Saturdays from tomorrow and it’s June 10th!

A mere five months and it’ll be time for the RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim, 2017 – at 5pm on Saturday, June 10th.

Here’s a lovely bit of work by Denis Condon and Anne Sheehy, to remind you why it’s worth training for this highlight of the swimming calendar.

Lots of info and reporting of previous events here: 

https://myrtlevilleswimmers.com/rnli-swim/

Entries will open in late March.  Keep training – it’s worth it.

Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim: August 13, 2016

From Ray McArdle:

The 6th Annual Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim takes place at Blind Strand, near the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry at 1.00 pm on Saturday, August 13th. 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 (by 12.15 at the latest). The safety briefing will take place at 12.45pm.

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. Courtmac swim

The Courtmacsherry volunteers will provide soup and sandwiches for all participants and volunteers. This year I am delighted to announce that we have new sponsors for the event.  IT@Cork Skillnet will be providing the first 100 swimmers registered with a generous goody bag.  Really nice gift inside each one.

All proceeds from the swim go to the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat and Swim Ireland membership is not required. 

Registration this year is again via Active. http://www.active.com/courtmacsherry-cork/water-sports/swimming/courtmacsherry-lifeboat-swim-2016

Registration closes on Thursday, August 11th.  Online registration costs €15, or you can register on the day for €20, until the maximum number is reached.

If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer to kayak, please have them contact me directly. (Ray McArdle -087-754-6953).

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 August 13th.

Ray McArdle