Practice swim for Crosshaven Triathlon

For new triathletes, the swim is often the most daunting part of the event.  We will be facilitating a practice swim on the Crosshaven Triathlon course for any 2013 participants who want to get some reassurance they are ready.

The practice swim will take place on Saturday, August 31st at 1.00pm.  Any interested entrants should assemble at Crosshaven pier.

We will have one RIB to take seven swimmers at a time out to Currabinny pier and will have experienced swimmers to swim back with them.  It will be first come, first served basis so expect to have some waiting.

Bye buoy

The yellow buoy near Bunny’s was proving popular at high tide early yesterday evening for swimmers practicing their sprints for Crosshaven Tri.  Unfortunately, one of the other buoys formerly anchored at the Dutchman has started to head towards France, so hopefully nobody used that as a sighting guide.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Dodgy yellow buoy gone to France.

There was a bit of a chill going in, but it still felt quite warm very quickly after that.  Getting in is the hard bit……

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Possibly feeling a little colder tonight…..Eleanor Courtney and Carol Cashell.

It always feels great when it’s done, though.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Michelle Glossop Smyth, Gary Frost, Joleen Cronin, Siobhan Russell, Grace O’Shea, Richie Kelleher.

Thanks to Siobhan Russell for the pictures.

Beach war

Siobhan Russell, as ever, has been busy recording the activities at the beach.  With lots of competitive swims going on and moving closer to the Crosshaven Triathlon, it can get a bit heated at times.  Factions and splinter groups definitely appearing….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Blue Seventy vs Orca – gang war line-ups.

It seems it’s getting serious for some…..

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

I don’t know – and I don’t want to know.

Time to get back to what it’s all about….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Race from the beach – serious Tri preparations going on now.

Speaking of serious swims, Trevor Malone broke the fastest time for an Irish swimmer from Africa to Europe in the last few weeks.  As usual, Bernard was straight in for the photo with the returning hero.  Here they are – to quote Carol Cashell – brown and browner.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Trevor Malone and Bernard Lynch.

The red-head convention is under way shortly in Crosshaven, but Joleen Cronin still has to get her work done for her first attempt at the Crosshaven Triathlon on September 7th.  She’s pictured below with fellow first-timer, Clodagh Monks and our intrepid photographer, Siobhan.  150 individuals and 60 teams are entered and entries are closed. Another fantastic effort by all concerned.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Clodagh Monks, Siobhan Russell & Joleen Cronin – ginger, anyone?

Finally, apparently Tara O’Connell was determined to show off her Barleycove Riviera tan, so this picture was sent for inclusion….

Open Water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Orlando Hill, Tara O’Connell, Siobhan Russell & Claire Canning.

Keep swimming and remember – Marlin and Dory had to swim 1,568 miles to find Nemo – you can just go to the Dutchman and back if you prefer, although you may not find Nemo there.

Monday busier than ever

Maeve Mulcahy completed a fantastic three hours in under 12C water yesterday.  She went in at 4.10 with Anne Marie – who did a full two hours – and was also joined at various stages for company by Roisin Lewis, Joanne Conroy, Bernard Lynch, Carol Cashell and others.  She also had the fast-becoming-famous bucket deployed for feeds….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Maeve, Carol & Bernard’s Bucket.

Some people saw it for the first time and just wanted it…

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Back from the States and straight in to grab the bucket – Liam Maher. Ah, Liam…..

The regular Monday night swim at 6pm was going on around Maeve’s long one.  It’s hard to keep up with the numbers at this stage, with waves of swimmers going in from 6.00pm on.  Great to see.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Coming back to the beach – Myrtleville 24 June, 2013

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

I’m telling you, that’s the fastest lap of the Dutchman – EVER. Tim Smyth checks the time.

Open Water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Doggy paddle

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Another Monday night swim done in Myrtleville.

As usual, Siobhan Russell did the hard work getting the pictures.  There are more and I’ll link to or post them later in the week.  Keep swimming 🙂

Myrtleville Monday – June 3, 2013

Siobhan Russell captured all the action on a very crowded beach on the Bank Holiday. The regular swimmers had to share the beach with huge crowd of sun worshippers.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

“A” Team – Alan and Anthony – no, not sure what he’s doing….

Tom McCarthy was on hand to give excellent advice on where to swim safely, as ever.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Tom McCarthy points the way.

Huge range of large and small craft on the water this evening.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Cruisers and Clunkers – view from the beach.

Lots of Triathletes in the water regularly now.  Also many swimmers working towards various Open Water swim races.  A reminder that there is a great range to choose from so get entering from the list here.  One to note is the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim in Fermoy on Friday evening, June 14 .  That will be a beautiful swim.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Getting ready to go.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Race to the Rock..

See all of the pictures from the evening and weekend here – provided by Siobhan Russell.

Summer’s here: make a plan

From Ned Denison:
The cold Spring is OVER. Many are off to their first 2013 triathlon NEXT weekend and needed a dip first, so they’re in the sea this weekend.
Time to get a 2013 PLAN….how about setting your goal for one of these?  Wetsuit swimmers VERY WELCOME at all.
Swim Ireland membership is required ONLY for the Fermoy swim…two of the events are free and one of these is swim optional (so no excuses):
2013 Race Distance Location Fee (€) Web
Sat 8-Jun Garnish Island 1, 3 & 5km Glengariff 23
Sun 9-Jun Sandycove  “M” Club Swim 1.7km Sandycove Island 0
Fri 14-Jun Martin Duggan  Memorial 2km Fermoy 15 – 25
Sun 16-Jun Myrtleville to Church  Bay 2km Myrtleville 15
Fri 21-Jun Paraic Casey –  Celebratory Sandycove Island 0
Sat 6-Jul Vibes & Scribes’  Lee Swim 2km Cork City 25 – 35
Garnish – one of the nicest places in West Cork.  You can chose your distance – so no excuse to miss it.
Sandycove M – come swim with the swimmers who have completed 1,000+ laps in their lifetime!   Get into it…as later in the summer the D Club for 500+ will be run and the M club for 100+ lifetime laps.   Special caps available.  Are you going to be in one of these clubs?  Getting close?
Fermoy – 1 km up the river and enjoy the current on the way back.  A festive atmosphere and well attended by all ages from 12 to 75!
Myrtleville – a straight swim along the coast and if you want to race you’ll find somebody just a % or so slower to beat!   Great view of the lighthouse.
Paraic Casey Celebratory (on summer solstice) – this is the annual event following the tragic loss of Paraic in the Channel last summer.  Come with food, a smile and ready to chat into the late evening.  Swimming?  Well, certainly not after a few burgers!
‘Vibes & Scribes’ Lee Swim 2013 – the classic through the city and under so many bridges.  A great day out and the party continues in town until the early hours.
Dream:   pick one or more of the events
Prepare:   get in the open water soon and get ready
Succeed:  complete the swim, maybe set a new personal best and beat your brother-in-law!
Ned Denison
Cork Ireland – Open Water Swimmer  (Phone:  +353 87 987 1573)

Cork Triathlon Club – open night

From Valerie Vaughan: Cork Tri Club is meeting on February 7th in Flannery’s pub, Glasheen road at 8pm to celebrate the start of a New Year in the Triathlon season. So all existing CTC members and new members/potential members are encouraged to come to this first social meeting of 2013.

Existing members:  are encouraged to come along for this social occasion, the first of many in 2013. You will hear of some of the plans that CTC has for the year ahead in terms of training activities, training weekend and any suggestions/ questions/ feedback you have will be very welcome. Please come to meet new members and help answer their questions and share your valued triathlon experience!

New members: This is an opportunity to see what CTC is all about. You will get an opportunity to hear about club races, training and activities. If you have not yet done a triathlon, don’t worry we will explain what it involves, how to prepare and how to get started. Everyone had to do their first triathlon some time. You will be given a welcome pack with the information necessary to get started. The atmosphere at CTC is friendly, encouraging and very positive towards new members, come along and see what its about!

Any questions, please contact us through our web site

To Myrtleville from Mexico via Thurles…

Rebeca Power - in cycling rather than swimming mode!

Rebeca Power – in cycling rather than swimming mode!

Rebeca Power has been based in Cork for work for the Summer and swam most weekdays in Myrtleville.  It’s a lot colder getting into open water swimming in Ireland compared to Mexico! At first she was getting ready for TriAthy, but then kept moving up steadily on her distances and from wetsuit to togs.  She’s a pleasure to swim with and no matter what the conditions or tides, she’s always up for a swim: nothing fazes her.  Not many people would leave home in Thurles to be in Myrtleville for a 6.30am swim.  Rebeca did it at least once a week all Summer.  This weekend she completed the 5km Long Swim to Tipperary.  Congratulations, Rebeca.

Crosshaven Challenge 2012



Saturday September 01st sees the 10th annual Crosshaven Triathlon take place and by all accounts this year is expected to be the biggest and best yet with a large number of entries received by the organisers.

‘There’s going to be a real carnival atmosphere in Crosshaven during the triathlon’, remarked event chairman Bernard Lynch.

The event covers a 500 metre swim from Currabinny Pier to Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven, a 10 kilometre cycle to Leary’s Cross and back and finally a 5 kilometre run around the centre of the village with the finish line situated at the Centra Supermarket along Strand Road.

Teams of three – one for each discipline – along with over 80 individual competitors will take part this year in what has become the largest sporting event in Crosshaven in recent years. Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the route cheering on the swimmers, cyclists and runners as they take part in each event, with a huge number expected in the centre of Crosshaven and towards the finish line.

Amongst those competing this year will be a number of Irish International swimmers, English Channel swimmers and local politicians with Minister Simon Coveney, a regular participant and supporter, scheduled to take part. Members of clubs, schools, groups and local organisations are also taking part, adding to the local aspect on the day – many hoping to improve on last years times and fulfilling a personal accomplishment in just taking part. Funds generated from the event will go towards the  Crosshaven Tidy Towns Committee, Crosshaven Development Committee, Crosshaven St  Vincent de Paul and the Crosshaven Camogie club. This will  bring the amount raised since its inception to well over €120,000.

Members of the Crosshaven Vintage Cycle and Classic Car Club will have a number of their vintage vehicles on show in the main car park in the centre of the village.

The 10th annual Crosshaven triathlon commences at 5pm sharp on Saturday 1st September. Traffic restrictions apply for the event duration.

For further information contact and entry on or Bernard Lynch – 0862257058.