Race (swims) for 2015

Originally posted on Sandycove Swimmers:

These details are taken from the Munster Open Water Calendar 2015 that has been online for a while now, but as time is getting closer to the events, I will try and post the important details of the swim online for you. In most cases there is more information about the swim when you click on the entry link I have attached. These are links to the Cork swims for now, until I gather more detail for the rest of the Munster OW events.

2 points to note:

  • The Majority events require you to register online BEFORE the swim, don’t assume you can turn up on the day, read the details of the event or email the organiser if you have a question.
  • If you don’t want to enter an event or are unable to swim on the day, the organisers will always take people to help out, these…

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Summer Solstice Swim – Sunday 21st June

The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2015, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 (also know as longest day of the year)- Wikipedia!

To mark the official start of summer, we as a club are continuing to remember Páraic Casey in our annual celebration swim (Celebrating Páraic & the Start of summer).

It is an evening tide on Sunday 21st, so we will aim for a 6pm dip in the sea. Do as much or little as you wish, it is just a relaxing evening to get together and swim, eat, chat/banter!

Rob will bring his Barbeque, bring your own ‘stuff’ to cook on it, open grill, help yourself to the space (just don’t eat others food – swimmers don’t share food easily!).

No doubt there’ll be cake on offer, (seems to be a trend for swimmers), and maybe dessert might turn up! (Cryptic I know!).

So, mark your diaries now, set reminders in phone to buy the food, and remember, we are out to celebrate all that is wonderful about Páraic and the summer season that he enjoyed so much. #SISC

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

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June News

The Open Water season is well under way by now, regular sea swims are becoming the favour over pool swims, and the first few OW Events started smoothly.

The Paddle in the Park and the Bulman swim had great numbers. Swimmers turned up ready, enjoyed the swim and of course the banter!. Keep an eye on the Sandycove Facebook page for updates and photos after the events. A huge thanks must go to the organisers and all the volunteers who make these events happen. A lot of time is spent on the build up with sorting out the admin and of course the safety cover. Remember, organisers are giving up their own time to make sure these events run as smoothly as possible. As swimmers on the day, we can do our bit by being on time, being prepared for the event, following the safety brief instructions and staying safe.

Next up, is the Garnish Island swim in Glengarriff on Saturday 20th June, like the other swims, it is advised to sign up before the event, as once the max numbers are received (for safety reasons) entries may not be accepted on the day. Don’t be left out, if you know you are going, sign up on time.

A weekend off 27th/28th June (or a training weekend!), before a busy July for Events kicks off. Sat 4th July is the RNLI Myrtleville Swim and the Lough Allua swim. Following weekend 11th July is the big one!, the Lee Swim.. and thats only the next 4 weeks!. See Previous post HERE on entry details and links. Start planning :)

That’s it for now, keep up the sea swims, word is today the water reached 12deg (for a bit), unseasonably low for June, but if you keep dipping regularly, no matter the distance, it will keep  you acclimatised :)

Swim Smart, Stay Safe, Wrap up warm, Tell someone where you are, Bake Cakes!

and finally, for much more regular posts than me, check out myrtlevilleswimmers.com

BRIGHT HATS.... Be Safe Be Seen ...

BRIGHT HATS…. Be Safe Be Seen …

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Race (swims) for 2015

These details are taken from the Munster Open Water Calendar 2015 that has been online for a while now, but as time is getting closer to the events, I will try and post the important details of the swim online for you. In most cases there is more information about the swim when you click on the entry link I have attached. These are links to the Cork swims for now, until I gather more detail for the rest of the Munster OW events.

2 points to note:

  • The Majority events require you to register online BEFORE the swim, don’t assume you can turn up on the day, read the details of the event or email the organiser if you have a question.
  • If you don’t want to enter an event or are unable to swim on the day, the organisers will always take people to help out, these events are all run by swimmers who have taken the time to put on the event, so the ask is always there, if you are not swimming on the day, can you volunteer, to kayak, Check-in, timekeep, bake! or anything else that a swim event may need assistance with. Let’s share the load out among us all, don’t leave it to the same people all the time, and it’s a great way to suss out an event for next year, if you are unsure about entering this year!.

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EVENT:                                      Myrtleville to Churchbay (Cork)

DATE:                                         Saturday 4th July @ 6:00pm

DISTANCE:                              2KM (Min requirement: to enter is 1.5k in 2015)

BRIEF:                                        An A->B Swim in Cork Harbour, along the exposed Coast from Myrtleville to Churchbay (next bay to the left of Myrtleville)

OPEN TO:                                 Everyone (not restricted to Swim Irl members). Skins & Wetsuits.

COST:                                         €15 for Crosshaven RNLI

QUERIES:                                 Damian: myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com

REGISTRATION:                    Compulsory online BEFORE the event (pay on the day)

http://myrtlevilleswimmers.com/myrtleville-church-bay-2015-entry-form/

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EVENT:                                      Lough Allua (Inchigeelagh, Co Cork)

DATE:                                         Saturday 4th July @ 3:30pm

DISTANCE:                              7-8 KM (Min requirement: 5k within last year)

BRIEF:                                        Lough Allua is an A->B Swim from Ballingeary to Inchigeelagh. I’m saying 7-8k, if you find the right line, it’ll be 7k, if you take the scenic turns it’ll be 8k! That should prompt you, it’s a bit twisty and windy around parts!. Post Swim Soup is included with this swim.!

OPEN TO:                                 Everyone (not restricted to Swim Irl members). Skins & Wetsuits.

COST:                                         €35 for Bishopstown Lions Club

QUERIES:                                 Diarmuid: herlihydiarmuid@gmail.com

REGISTRATION:                    Compulsory online BEFORE the event via Link, limited Entries.

http://register.sportstiming.ie/ps/event/LochAlleu8kmlakeswim

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EVENT:                                      LEE Swim (Cork City)

DATE:                                         Saturday 11th July @ 3:00pm

DISTANCE:                              2KM (Min requirement: none, must complete 2km in 90mins)

BRIEF:                                        An A->B Swim through Cork City Centre, under 7 bridges and finishing outside the Clarion Hotel / City Hall. Huge Numbers (600) enter this annual event, with mighty craic afterwards on the Boardwalk. Swimmers set off in waves of 30, based on your estimated swim time for 2k.

OPEN TO:                                 Everyone (not restricted to Swim Irl members). Skins & Wetsuits.

COST:                                         €45 for Cork Lions Club (Chip Timed event).

QUERIES:                                 Joe: lee_swim@corkmasters.ie

REGISTRATION:                    Compulsory online BEFORE the event. Entries will close when full.

http://register.sportstiming.ie/ps/event/Leeswim

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EVENT:                                      Beginish (Valentia, Co Kerry)

DATE:                                         Saturday 18th July @ 11:45pm

DISTANCE:                              6-7 KM (Min requirement: 5k within last year + 3k this year)

BRIEF:                                        This is a 6-7km Open Water swim is anticlockwise around Beginish Island, a small uninhabited island lying immediately to the north Valentia Island, Co. Kerry. As it is so exposed, the qualifying criteria is important. Read the Entry link for full details.

OPEN TO:                                 Swim Irl Club members ONLY. Skins & Wetsuits.

COST:                                         €50 for Charity

QUERIES:                                 Tim: tim@jakera.com

REGISTRATION:                    Compulsory online BEFORE the event via Link, limited Entries.

http://register.sportstiming.ie/ps/event/BeginishIslandSwim

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EVENT:                                      Courtmacsherry (West Cork)

DATE:                                         Saturday 25th July @ 12:00noon

DISTANCE:                              1.5 / 3 KM (Min requirement: none, must complete 3km in 60mins)

BRIEF:                                        A Beach start from Blind Strand (outside Courtmac). The Course is 1.5k, the 3k swimmers do a double lap. It is an anticlockwise swim around 2 marker bouys, and back to beach (repeat if a 3k entrant).

OPEN TO:                                 Everyone (not restricted to Swim Irl members). Skins & Wetsuits.

COST:                                         €15 for Courtmacsherry RNLI.

QUERIES:                                 Ray: raymcardle@yahoo.com

REGISTRATION:                    Best to enter online BEFORE the event. Limited Entries allowed on the day.

http://www.active.com/courtmacsherry-cork/water-sports/swimming-races/courtmacsherry-lifeboat-swim-2015

More swim details to follow, but the full list can be found HERE on our website.

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Darkness into Light Swim – 9th May

An early start didn’t deter 50 swimmers for taking part in the first Darkness into Light Swim (a twist on the Darkness into Light walk/runs), all for Pieta House.

We met at Myrtleville from 4:30am, signed in to get a number on our hands (safety reasons for counting in/out), had a quick safety briefing at 4:55am and were in the water by 5:00am. Rule was to swim towards Fennels Bay (on left, just before Dutchman Rock), and no one to stay in more than 30mins (so we can count everyone out). With Rob Bohane and Kevin Murphy as chief land crew, everything went to plan. We had swimmers strategically placed amongst the groups, watching, encouraging, laughing!. Riana took some super shots of the morning, and I’ve seen plenty more appear on social media taken from mobile phones etc. We were so lucky with the weather, very slight swell in the water, sea temp 10deg, air temp 8deg, and the clouds cleared to see a wonderful sunrise from behind Roches Point. With plenty of money raised for Pieta House, thanks to everyone who turned up to swim, help, take photos & bake! It was definitely one not to have missed.

Here are few of the great photos taken for the morning:

Darkness into Light Swim 2015

Darkness into Light Swim 2015

The Glowing Before Shot

The Glowing Before Shot

Our Youngest Swimmers of the morning, Well Done SAM :)

Our Youngest Swimmers of the morning, Well Done SAM :)

Great Photo of 50 glowing swimmers.

Great Photo of 50 glowing swimmers.

Sun creeping up from behind Roches Point

Sun creeping up from behind Roches Point

YEAH - 50 swimmers now WIDE AWAKE at 5am in the morning... WIDE awake!

YEAH – 50 swimmers now WIDE AWAKE at 5am in the morning… WIDE awake!

Huge thanks to Rob & Kevin for checking everyone in & out. #safetyfirst

Huge thanks to Rob & Kevin for checking everyone in & out. #safetyfirst

It all started with a phone call from Angela to me - "Hey, we should do a DIL swim instead of a run"... and so we made it happen. :)

It all started with a phone call from Angela to me – “Hey, we should do a DIL swim instead of a run”… and so we made it happen. :)

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Low profile, black hats. For when you don’t want to be seen.

carolcashell:

An interesting Read.. Black or dark coloured hats are a no no in the sea. (wear bright colours Yellow/Green/Pink/White/Think Bright. Black Hats are for the pool, or for under the bright hat!
Be Safe. Be Seen.

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There was a bit of a discussion about swim hat colours at the beach lately, as the number of swimmers back in the sea grows quite quickly.  Not a fashion discussion – a safety one.  As the Summer season begins, it’s good to think about safety again.

A quick scan of safety rules for open water swims online came up with these:

  • Brightly coloured swim caps to aid visibility while in the water must be worn.
  • Standard kit would include wetsuit, goggles, high visibility swim hat, flip flops, towel, changing mat, and water proof watch.
  •  High visibility swim caps are worn by swimmers to make ocean swimming safer.
  • A high visibility swim cap shows where you are – especially valuable if there are boats passing by.
  •  All swimmers must wear a high visibility swim cap.

I stopped after five events – I reckoned it was clear enough.  I couldn’t find any that said “

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Darkness into Light – SWIM

Saturday 9th May 2015. Darkness in Light SWIM.

To coincide with the Pieta House Darkness into Light Events, (See their page here) we are suggesting a Darkness into Light Swim at Myrtleville (as an alternative to the 80 runs being planned that morning!).

Meet by 4:45am & Swim at 5:00am on Sat 9th May (Twilight is at 05:10, Sunrise is at 05:50).

Some Notes on the Swim:

  • There will be a donation Bucket for contributions to Pieta House.
  • Meet by 4:45am
  • Safety Briefing at 4:55am (and we will number everyones hands for check-in/check-out)
  • TITW (Toes in the Water!) by 5:00am
  • Swim a Max of 30mins (for safety reasons, please adhere). Whatever your speed, turn back after 10-15mins. 5mins is also an acceptable swim time.
  • DO NOT swim on your own, swim in 2s/3s, stick with your swim buddy so you can talk to them to check in with each other, don’t swim in huge groups, you’d be calling names all the time and your voices will travel over the water!. There will be less stop/starting with smaller groups.
  • Respect the time of day, arrive quietly, avoid shouting, slamming doors etc, common sense really, just be mindful of the sleeping residents.
  • We will meet at the bottom of the steps at 4:45, away for the houses to make sure we are all glowing.
  • As the colour of Pieta House is yellow, if you have a yellow hat, or a hat with yellow in it, wear it, it’ll be our nod to the Cause.
  • Remember it’s only May, expect the air to be cool at that hour. Have the layers of clothes ready for after the swim, and of course the Hot Flask for a cuppa!.
  • Bring a Flash light, you’d be surprised what you can’t find in the dark in the car!
  • After you get changed, and have your cuppa, and are wrapped up warm, enjoy the Sunrise J

As this is a night swim (to start), swimmers must have glow sticks on their hats and togs/wetsuits.

The reusable night lights for your goggle straps are Called ‘Guardian Adventure lights’ (they can be bought in Centra Crosshaven or CH Marine, Cork). If you want to buy them online, just Click!.

There is a link below to show you what the disposable single use glow sticks are like. These are an ideal alternative to the pricier reusable light (but that does have hundreds of hours light on it). It’s worth it to buy a batch of the snap&glow sticks if you will be doing more night swims over the next year or so.!

There are cheap jewellery disposable versions in EuroGiant/Dealz etc, but these are not very bright out at sea and they tend to not stay in place too easily (they are not really made for sea swimming!). These should only be used as fun top-ups to the better stronger glow sticks. Plan ahead, do some research online, pair up with someone to share the costs of buying the glow sticks (share shipping costs etc).

Check these out on Amazon as an example of what you are looking for, for one time use, glow sticks.

There is also an Irish Website that sells them.

  • Finally, I shouldn’t have to remind you, but as always, this swim is weather dependent. J
  • And Really this is a Finally, If anyone is willing to help out and stay on the beach while we swim and count us in/out, we’d love to have you, and also, anyone willing to kayak, we’d love to have you there too.. We’ll feed you coffee and cake (well maybe not cake at 5am, but the offer stands!).

 

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