Dawn to Dusk – the sea is open

Bernard Lynch took this lovely shot on Tuesday morning, down for an early swim.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville at dawn – September 3, 2013.

Fourteen hours later, Siobhan Russell got this picture of her group after their swim.  Moray and Clodagh are in Crosshaven Tri for the first time this weekend and training hard for it.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Dave & Siobhan Russell, Niamh O’Connor, Moray Russel and Clodagh Monks. 8pm, September 3, 2013.

The beach is open all day and in use all the time.  Just great to see 🙂

Myrtleville Monday

It is just fantastic to see the crowds swimming in Myrtleville, with over seventy swimmers in the water last night at various stages.  Carol Cashell was down after her pioneering Bere Island swim on Saturday (followed by Spike Island to Cobh on Sunday and she’s off to the pool this morning: “Slow down, Tommy (or Carol), Slow down!”).

Bernard Lynch and Damian O’Neill benefitted from Carol’s help in their marathon swims last week and presented her with some small tokens of appreciation.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Presentation to our hero – champagne, chocolates and flowers for Carol.

The picture above looks very respectable, but things weren’t quite so nice earlier when poor Eleanor asked for some of the choccies based on all her hard work……

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

They’re all MINE and you’re not getting ANY!! (I told you she was MEAN).

Rebeca Power was back after a few weeks away and James Slowey took time off the bike after his Haute Route adventures to get used to the water again.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Rebeca Power, Niall O’Herlihy & James Slowey.

Carol eventually agreed to share, so the sisters were friends again….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Carol, Eleanor and someone who heard about Carol’s doggy paddling….

Siobhan Russell did a great job getting various groups together and managed to organise one large gang before they went in….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Some of the Myrtleville swimmers on Monday night.

Michelle Glossop Smyth was giving tips on swimming in Myrtleville – she’s had lots of practice all Summer.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Pat Dunphy, Joe Healy & Michelle Glossop Smyth

Two more Myrtleville regulars finishing their swims.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Steve McCarthy with Niamh O’Connor.

Cyril Walsh gave some much-appreciated kayaking support for the practice swim for Crosshaven Tri last Saturday and was down for some training himself tonight with his wife, Barbara Anne.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Barbara Anne Richardson & Cyril Walsh.

There’s a fantastic buzz around Myrtleville this Summer and it’s not over yet.  Next up is Crosshaven Tri on Saturday, September 7th and – weather permitting – our own Myrtleville to Church Bay swim on the evening of September 21st.  Keep swimming 🙂

Lots more great pictures from Siobhan Russell online here.

Blackwater Tri OW swim session

Blackwater Tri club organised a swim yesterday morning at Myrtleville and – fair dues to them – put safety first and had kayak cover in place.  Great to see so many people swimming from the beach and doing it safely.

Not a great picture – into the sun on a phone….some who swam were Eoin Broderick , Nigel Carroll, Fiona Foley, Jim Mullins, Martin Buckley, Stephanie Marie Mendel and Adam Blaiklock.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Some of the swimmers for Blackwater Tri Club’s organised training swim – with kayak support.

On Saturday, the club had a fantastic first place in the Musgrave Triathlon, with James Slowey concentrating on the bike this time out.  Need to get back into the water, James…..and get a haircut 🙂

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Blackwater Tri team – winners of Musgrave Triathlon, with Myrtleville regular, James Slowey – the hairy biker, Joe Scanlon was the swimmer and Nigel Carroll the runner.

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 🙂