Spring update!

It’s been a while, not a huge amount going on over past 2 months, some ice swims, some masters galas, a little sea swimming and probably a lot of hibernating from most!.

But evenings are brighter, sea temps hit 10deg (on a day with decent weather), so its time to get planning for the next few months.

I have emailed out the Munster Open Water Event Schedule for 2016. The sign up links are included where I have them. Please, help the organisers by signing up early if you know you are doing an event. Most events have Facebook pages too with more information (also included).

Feel Free to print/share the calendar, I will keep updating the version in the Calendar link on this website, with any new swims etc..

In the meantime, here is version 1 – Draft.


Munster_Open_Water_Event_Calendar_2016_V1draft – this is excel version – it has clickable links you can use!

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Masters Swimming

Masters swimming galas are for adults only, over 19yrs. They are relaxed, as competitive as you want them to be! and open to all ages, abilities, levels, etc.. there are a few basic rules to abide by, but nothing you can’t be told about on the day. Sandycove Island SC is not exclusively for  Open Water Swimmers, many members swim at Masters pool galas to stay motivated during the winter months. When you pay your annual membership to SISC it allows you to enter pool galas along with the Swim Ireland covered Open Water events. (Click here to renew your 2016 membership, or Click to join Sandycove for first time).

Dates for upcoming Masters galas:

Sat Feb 20th – Sundays Well Masters invite at Douglas Pool, Cork. Follow the link to send in your own individual entries (Here). Entries must be with them by Feb 12th at latest.

Fri 4th Mar / Sat 5th Mar – Limerick Masters gala, UL (50m pool). Click here to send your entries, but time is tight, closing date is soon, 31st JAN.. do these now before you forget!

Sat 9th April – Kingdom Masters invite, Tralee, Kerry. More details to follow, but please pencil the date in your diary for a great day in the Kingdom!

As with last year, you enter and pay your own individual swims, the club will cover the relay entries and costs for those. Please let Carol or Angela know if you enter any of the 3 galas listed above and if you are willing to swim on a relay drop us a note on email or via our FB page.

So in Summary –

  • mark the dates in your diary to swim, or come along and support and see what the fuss is all about!.
  • Send off your own entries (check closing dates), and let Carol/Angela know if you can swim on a relay too.
  • Make sure your membership is up to date, if in doubt, email Angela: clubsec.sandycove@gmail.com
  • Go On, it’s worth a shot, give yourself a winter target:)





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Notice of AGM

Sandycove Swimmers AGM is on Sunday 6th December at 2pm in Hamlets in Kinsale.

If you wish to put yourself forward for nomination for 2015-16 committee, please email Angela at clubsec.sandycove@gmail.com


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November News..

Hi Everyone. You would have received a few emails over the last few weeks on things of note:

1 – Annual Membership is up for renewal, if you want to renew now, click on the membership page on the website (HERE). You need this membership for any pool galas you may enter over the winter months, and for some of the open water events next summer.

2 – Mallow Masters gala, Details are on their website (Here), a lovely casual event, ideal for first time masters, or seasoned campaigners who wish to check their competitive times early in the pool season:) If any Sandycove Swimmers are entering and wish to swim on relays on the day, please let Carol Cashell know asap.  (send in your own individual entries, club will look after the relays).

3 – Turkey Swims are back!, I posted earlier in October the schedule of the days/times. Re-read the post HERE. (note…. they start next weekend:) )

4 – Swim Safe. A reminder, to regular users and newbies, please take a moment to read the Swim safe section our website, us swimmers are using a public area, in OPEN WATER, conditions are changeable, temperature can change week to week, a mile is a LONG way round for many of us and especially for newbies of a lap. Do Not encourage first timers to just swim around on their own (you don’t know their ow background), swim safe, swim in numbers, swim with buddies, know your limits, more than anything else, use your common sense, do not put anyone else in danger with your wrong decision.

5 – Finally, huge well done to Aisling Barry for bringing the first Vampire Swim to Cork. With the help of Marie Watson, Denis Condon and John Kiely and many more, over 75 swimmers had a blast last Saturday, MANY swimmers were in costume, and there was plenty of laughs and giggles trying to figure out who people were! (we are adults really!). Thanks to all involved, such a great idea (to promote blood donation) and the swim fees collected on the day went to the CUH Children’s ward. A fantastic €1000 has been raised. Read Damians witty post on MyrtlevilleSwimmers .

Vampire Swim at Myrtleville on Sat 31st Oct.

Vampire Swim at Myrtleville on Sat 31st Oct.

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Vampire Swim – Saturday 31st October

For the first time the Vampire Swim is coming to Cork, thanks to Aisling Barry, the Vampire Swim is going ahead in Myrtleville on Saturday October 31st at 12 midday.  Swim is a loose term – you can just dip your feet for a paddle if you want.  The goal is to encourage people to donate blood during this month.   If you donate blood, the entry fee is €10 – if not, you can still swim, but it’s €15.

Vampire swim logo

Funds raised will be donated to the CUH Children’s Ward charity.

To Enter and get a cool swim hat (for the first 50 people that pre-enter and do swim on the day) email Aisling Barry for details – barry.aisling08@gmail.com.  For info on giving blood, see http://www.giveblood.ie book your time and date or check the FAQ if unsure of anything.

It’s a great idea and a worldwide event, glad Cork is doing their bit. Thanks Aisling! http://openwaterpedia.com/index.php?title=Vampire_Swims

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Turkey Swims 2015 – they’re back :)

It’s that time of year again, mark your Calendars for the Turkey Swim Dates 2015! Details & Dates below…

Remember this is open to everyone who swims regularly in the Sea, no matter where they normally swim! This is not exclusive to any club or group of swimmers, If you want to swim on a date, come along and join in, no matter where the swim is on! The Sandycove times are based on tides and are the same as the Sandycove swim calendar. At Myrtleville we can swim on any tide so there is a mix of Morning/afternoon times to try and suit all people days. There is a swim on every weekend to give people options. Tradition continues with first and last Swim in Sandycove, it’s where this all started many years ago, we’ve just expanded it to every weekend now.
How the ‘Turkey Swims’ work:
** Swimmers Sign In and pay €2 on the day of Swim. (someone will have a money box and signIn sheet).
** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 19th/20th Dec at both locations, These include Butcher Vouchers (instead of an actual Turkey) and many other spot prizes (The Edge Vouchers / wine / chocolates / selection boxes etc!). We had over 30 prizes last year.
** Don’t Forget to Pay and Sign In, if you don’t you are not in the draw!
** Make however many swims you can, 1 – 10.
** The more you swim, the more times you are entered for the ‘draw’.
** A Swim Dosn’t have to be a full lap of Sandycove, or 30mins, no min/max time or distance, turn up and do what you feel comfortable with on the day. Togs or Wetsuit, up to you, swim safe, stay warm, swim with similar speed buddies.
** The Swimmers Turkey Series is a Social Event for Cork OW swimming in the Winter. Remember to bring your Flasks for after the swims, Nibbles are always welcome too!, there is talk of some people bringing cake! Have Fun and Enjoy :)
Turkey Swims 2015-JPG
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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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