The OW Season has begun!

Last night kicked off our open water season with our start of season dinner at Market Lane (huge thanks to Angela Harris for organising!). It was a great night for catching up with people that we haven’t seen all winter and for discussing plans for upcoming swims. So on that note, it’s time to start planning your events for the season! The Munster calendar of events for this summer is available here and is also linked on the calendar page. It will be updated as more information becomes available and as more swims open for entries so keep checking back. Huge thanks to Finbarr Hedderman for putting it all together.

Our swim organisers are all volunteers and spend a huge amount of their own time putting these events together. One of the best ways to help them is by signing up early so that they know how many people that they will have swimming. This is very important particularly for organising safety cover. If lots of people sign up at the last minute it causes a huge headache for the organisers in the run-up to the swim. So if you know that you definitely want to do a swim, please sign up as soon as you can.

Happy planning :)

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2014 Spring Dinner

For the past few years we have been officially starting the real OW season with a Spring Dinner. It’s an ideal opportunity to catch up with others and to plan and chat about whats ahead for the season. There is an Active Link below for you to book and pay for your meal (Drinks are your own!). +1′s are welcome too (if they can tolerate swimming banter!) :)

All,

The Sandycove Spring Dinner is on Saturday, March 29th at 8.30pm in Market Lane Restaurant, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork and we would love to see you there!

If you would like to attend please book your place on the below link, and then select Spring Dinner 2014

https://www.activeglobal.com/swimming/kinsale-ireland/sandycove-island-2013

The cost of dinner is €33 for a three course (drinks are not included) Menu sent via email 24/02/14.

Directions are attached for you and a link to their website.

www.marketlane.ie/information-opening-hours

www.marketlane.ie

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

 Best Wishes,

Angela 

Sandycove Club Secretary

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Mid February News!

 

1- Well Done to Ned on completing the Hong Kong Cold Half (15km) swim last Saturday. A Great swim in sometimes challenging conditions.!  There is a nice report here :)

2- Good Luck to Swimmers in Perth this Saturday taking on the Annual Rottnest Swim (20km). Lisa Cummins is amongst a few other familiar names entered for the swim. (some swimmers from Distance week are there too!). Rottnest swim website

3- Well Done to swimmers at the Sundays Well Gala last weekend. Some new people to competition and some seasoned pool swimmers setting times early in the year as markers! Keep up the training.

4-Entries are open for the Kingdom Masters Gala in Tralee on Saturday 5th April – the only link I can find is here, so download the entry form and post off your entries before the end of March!

5- Finally, the awesome GADD swim is now live on active, if you want to start planning your Summer Sea swims, no better way to kick it off than in Glengarriff on June 14th. Entry link to the swim on active global is HERE

Thats it for now, keep looking for those Short term/Medium term goals to keep you active! Spring is in the air! :)

Spring is coming... REALLY

Spring is coming… REALLY

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Winter Dips

Don’t Forget, swimming at Sandycove is year Round. There may not be a problem with parking, and you may not bump into many people while out in the water, but still, people are meeting up. Have a look at the Sandycove Schedule on the website (it is under ‘calendar’ Tab on the menu above). But here are some upcoming dates at a glance.

Sandycove Swim Times Feb/Mar 2014

Sandycove Swim Times Feb/Mar 2014

Remember, Swim Smart, Know your limits in the cooler climate we have now (winter!). The sea temps may be around 8deg but the much cooler air temp will make it harder to warm up, so bring the layers and the warm drinks for after your swim. And don’t ever swim alone.!

Finally, there is a regular gang swimming from Myrtleville Beach Every Saturday morning at 8.15am and sometimes at 4.30pm on a Monday and Thursday!. Check the Myrtleville website to keep up to date with definate weekday times.  If you are on Twitter, Damian mans the account @MyrtlevilleS with updates.!

If you have anything to add to the website, email us at sandycoveswimmers@gmail.com :)

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Some Pool Events to think about!

 

As promised here are some details of upcoming Masters Swimming galas in Feb/Mar. Nothing like setting yourself a short term target. To Enter these competitions you must be a Swim Ireland Member of any Club.

First up on Saturday 15th Feb in Douglas, Cork. Sundays Well Masters are holding their annual Gala. Closing Date for entries is 7th Feb. Full details of the day found here

Saturday 15th Feb 2014. 2pm Start (warm up from 1:30pm)
1. Mixed 100m Individual Medley
2. Mixed 200m Freestyle
3. Mixed 50m Backstroke
4. Mens 50m Breaststroke
5. Mixed 100m Freestyle
6. Mixed 50m Butterfly
7. Mixed 50m Freestyle + 8-24. Relays

Next Up is the Irish Long Course (50m) Masters in UL. Limerick Masters host this event, this has a much bigger schedule of events, including 400/800/1500 Free for those that want longer swims!. Details can be found on the Limerick Masters Site HERE . Watch the closing date for this Event, entries must be in by 31st Jan 2014.

More information on Masters Swimming can be read here: http://www.irishmastersswimming.ie/

 

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End of Turkey Swims 2013!

 

Last weekend (21/22nd Dec) saw the end of the Turkey Series of swims for 2013. On Saturday there were about 30 swimmers in Myrtleville, who were all warmed up by Mulled Wine after the swim!. Click to see more photos and Videos from Saturdays Swim!.

On Sunday about 15 more brave soles entered the water at Sandycove (now at 9.2deg!). Conditions in the water were not great, so there was more circling than normal going on. But still, swimmers paired off (for safety) and a ‘fresh’ swim was completed.

This was followed by the now in-famous Turkey Draw! Again over 20 prizes were drawn, from Turkey (Butcher) vouchers, to bottles of Presecco, to Selection Boxes and of course the Sprouts!.

Here are a few pics from Sundays last dip of the Turkey Series. Wishing Everyone all the best for 2014, hope to see lots new hats/goggles/cameras/gadgets around the place soon! Remember, Swim with others, Stay Warm & Be Smart in the Sea! :)

Sandycove Sunday 22nd Dec 2013

Sandycove Sunday 22nd Dec 2013

Changing Skies

Changing Skies

Aideen & Maeve off to test the waters!

Aideen & Maeve off to test the waters!

More SC Swimmers... off to 'swim' :)

More SC Swimmers… off to ‘swim’ :)

THE PRIZES :)

THE PRIZES :)

 

Roisín Wins!

Roisín Wins!

 

 

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One More Weekend for Turkey Swims 2013

 

Another Weekend of Turkey Swimming done, Well I say weekend, Saturday was a complete washout, but Sunday was a bit more swimable!. 10 brave swimmers took to the ‘lumpy’ waters on Sunday for a dip, water temps still reading between 9.9-10.2 deg. :)  Welcome back Mags & Paul, and Bye Bye to Anne and Denis (off to the sunshine!)

Saturday 14th Dec. A bit too lumpy to swim 'Says Finbarr'!.

Saturday 14th Dec. A bit too lumpy to swim ‘Says Finbarr’!.

Sunday Swimmers - willing to give it a go!

Sunday Swimmers – willing to give it a go!

SC 15DEC (wave)

First Corner was still Challenging on Sunday!

So now there is only one weekend Left for the Turkey Swim Series 2013, Next Saturday (21st Dec) at 10:30am the swim is at Myrtleville, Bernard has promised Mulled wine and Pies for afterwards! :) and then on Sunday (22nd Dec) at 10:30am the last swim is back in Sandycove. This is the BIG day!, we’ll do the prize draw for the ‘turkey’ (ie – butcher vouchers), and all the other lovely prizes we have accumulated. Lets hope the weather co-operates for us at Sandycove for the Draw.

Finally, a reminder that Sandycove Swimmers have a Facebook page, very handy to ask who is swimming when, ask about temps etc. Just a general page for swimmers to contact people all at once: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sandycoveswimmers/ (this is a group page, so you will need to be signed up to Facebook to view messages/comments).

See you next weekend, remember the cold will burn off calories, so you can totally justify eating more chocolates, cakes, pies etc… :)

 

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