RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2022 – entries open

Entries are now open for the RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim on June 16th, 2022 at 19.00.¬† Please note – if you’re new to swimming, do make sure you have sufficient training done before you consider entering for this swim ūüôā

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2022 Entries

Volunteers wanted for July 3rd

We need volunteers to help on the night of the swim with between 200-300 participants expected.¬† We’ll need help with parking, stewards, beach cleaning, registration, gear loading and unloading, timing chip collection¬† etc.¬† We would appreciate if anyone not swimming in the event would give up some time to assist on the night. Please let Damian O’Neill or Bernard Lynch know if you are available or email myrtevilleswimmers@gmail.com.

Denis and Noreen are very clear on the number of good reasons why you should not volunteer if you’re not swimming.¬† A big zero!

If you’re going to swim and haven’t done so¬†Get entered now on Active.¬† No entries allowed on the night.

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay entry limit

A maximum of 300 entries are going to be accepted for the swim on July 3rd. 

We are currently heading past 200 (lots of people were busy at the weekend ūüôā ) so while there’s still space, it will disappear as the weather improves.¬† If you’re planning to swim – enter early.

Entries online via Active only.  Enter here.

We can’t promise there will be dolphins that evening, but they’re available as training partners in Myrtleville at the moment – as caught by Siobhan Russell yesterday.

The Myrtleville Showers barbershop quartet, led by Antoinette “Madonna” Wilson will also be performing on the evening.¬† Not to be missed.

Get entered if you don’t want to miss out.

RNLI Swim – Going One Step Beyond

This year is going to be bigger and better than ever.¬† If you’re going to be ready, get entered now on Active.¬†

I can Absolutely say¬†that we’re going One Step Beyond this year, with our evening swim at 7.¬† Despite The Rise and Fall of the tide and The Madness of cold water swimming, we Keep Moving with our Wonderful event.¬† Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da¬†it is true – the other swims just Can’t Touch Us Now. We may be Mad (or) Not Mad but Myrtleville is definitely the place to be on July 3rd.¬† Get your qualifying swims done – we don’t want any of The Dangermen taking a chance.¬† As ever, there will be fun and spot prizes – but I don’t think we’ll be able to offer The Liberty of Norton Folgate¬†as one of them.

I know, I’m really reaching with that last line, but seriously – you try to fit that into any ordinary sentence.¬† It was hard enough to put in the other 11 albums.

With almost 40 years of thanks to Mike, Suggs, Lee, Mark, Chas, Woodie, Chris and Рof course РPrince Buster.  http://www.madness.co.uk/

Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim, July 29th

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

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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨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 ūüôā

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.