Sandycove Island Challenge 2015

Check out the Cork Masters Website for results and photos from the 2015 Sandycove Island Challenge.

Thanks to all involved in keeping the Event in tip top shape!

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Roches Point to Ballycotton – Historical Revision


You Gotta Love the Banter for the ‘city folk’….. :)

Originally posted on Myrtleville Swimmers:

It’s with great disappointment that we have to announce that Liam Maher’s swim from Sunday must be stricken from the record books.  Following an objection from Bernard Lynch unnamed parties of blatant drafting, the Committee For The Consideration Of Spurious Complaints And Investigation Of Potentially Underhand Matters In Open Water Swimming (CFTCOSCAIOPUMIOWS) has ruled that the evidence favours the removal of Mr. Maher’s name from the roll of honour for this swim.

The committee ruling was supported by the following photographic evidence:

Liam arriving at the start of the swim. Just look at him - you'd know he was up to something. Liam arriving at the start of the swim. Just look at him – you’d know he was up to something.

Experienced swim observers, witnessing the Maher arrival, were unimpressed. They could tell.... Experienced swim observers, witnessing the Maher arrival, were unimpressed. They could tell….

Liam had been honest about his lack of training during the Summer and the fact that the distance was daunting.  As the swim began, his strategy took shape.

"Clung to me, he was. Feckin' clung to me." an unnamed party was quoted as saying. Liam, tow rope in place.  “Clung to me, he…

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Nominations needed for Mike Harris Trophy

Nominations are now open, looking for the next recipient of the Mike Harris Trophy.

Details, and list of previous winners, of what this super trophy is all about is on the website, see the achievements tab at top of page (or click here)

Please email before 11th Sept with your nomination and brief explanation of why you chose the person.


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More Upcoming Events

OW Season is well under way now. Sea temps may not be in our favour, but we seem to be used to the 12deg avg temps we’re getting!.

After successful Lee Swim, Courtmacsherry, Thomond swim etc, we are heading for our August Events.

Next up is ARDGROOM 4k. This is on Sunday 2nd August in a picturesque lake in Ardgroom in West Cork (head via Kenmare or Castletownbere).  Entries are NOT accepted on the day, you must email Brian before Sunday and pay on the day (€10). To find further details search the event on Facebook (Ardgroom Swim 2015).

Myrtleville to Churchbay 2k swim has been rescheduled for Sat 15th August. If you had entered for the original July date, your entry still stands, but if you can now make the new August date, please enter via the website, NO entries on the day.

The Copper Coast Champion of Champions is back this year on Saturday 22nd August, this is a 5 mile and 3 mile and 1 mile Event on the one day. You enter all 3 distances and your cumulative time counts to the overall prize, or you can enter just 2 distances or even just 1. See the Facebook Event page for timings etc. NO entries on the day. You must be a Club/Swim Ireland member to take part in this event.

Last event in August will be Gougane Barra on Saturday 29th. No full details available yet, watch this space.!

Ballycotton Swim is moving to September for now. And maybe other events that have not run due to weather/logistics etc.

More to follow when we have details!

Just Keep Swimming :)

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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!

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

BRIGHT HATS…. Be Safe Be Seen …

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