RNLI Courtmacsherry Open Water Swim 2011

RNLI Courtmacsherry Open Water Swim 2011
Inaugural swim a big success
(Write-up by Ray McArdle, Event Director)

The first annual Courtmacsherry swim took place on July 23rd on Blind Strand (Coolbawn) just outside Courtmacsherry.

Blind Strand

The swim had a 1.5K option (1 lap) or a 3K option (2 laps), with 35 of the 45 swimmers taking the longer option.  The swimmers had to exit the water at the end of lap 1 and run a short distance on the beach prior to starting lap 2.

Lynne and Ned after Lap 1

Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin was kind enough to be official starter of the swim.  Michael talked about the great location and how important the Lifeboat is to the community of Courtmacsherry. We swam past the area where, in 1915, the lifeboat rowed out to the stricken Lusitania 13 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale.   He thanked all the swimmers for their efforts and looked forward to taking part as a swimmer next year. Let’s hold him to that!

Michael Martin entertains the crowd

After the swim the RNLI had prepared warm welcoming soup and sandwiches for the swimmers (which they devoured). The event was won by Lynne Donnelly .  Ned Denison was the first ‘non wetsuit swimmer’. The winners were awarded their  prizes in the Lifeboat Inn after the race where Ray McArdle, event organiser went on to thank time keepers, Carol Cashell and Dave Maxwell, Stewards Dave Lucey and Eamon O’Shea, and for the assistance given by all the kayakers, boat owners for ensuring the safety of the swimmers. A big thank you to Kai Bergmann for taking all the excellent photos on the day. You can view more of his photos here.

A cheque of €1130 was handed to the RNLI representative, with Lisheen Mines and Trend Micro making significant contributions.

Courtmacsherry Lifeboat with support boats. Old Head of Kinsale in background

Swimmers before the start

More photos available here. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Swim Results

1.5K Results
Position First Name Last Name Number Time

1

Robert Twomey

50

00:21:15

2

Jack O’Brien

52

00:22:35

3

Rory Plant

56

00:27:24

4

Grainne Caulfield

32

00:27:34

5

Eleanor Moore

57

00:30:41

6

Joanne Conroy

36

00:30:50

7

Ken Harte

58

00:31:44

8

Laurent Dikous

27

00:31:58

9

Kieran Boyle

54

00:44:00

10

Tom McCarthy

53

00:45:00

11

Joe Cashman

55

01:03:00

3K Results
Position First Name Last Name Number Time

1

Lynne Donnelly

11

00:40:17

2

Ned Denison

3

00:40:29

3

Billy Mulcahy

4

00:40:58

4

Trevor Malone

24

00:41:13

5

Fiona Boyd

31

00:41:46

6

Alan Rodgers

23

00:42:10

7

Jim Shalloo

30

00:42:16

8

Sarah Clifford

20

00:42:18

9

Ken Rodgers

25

00:42:20

10

Gabor Molnar

26

00:43:52

11

Owen O’Keefe

15

00:44:51

12

Eleanor Courtney

34

00:45:48

13

Sharon Concarr

2

00:46:55

14

Martin Saunders

12

00:47:35

15

Liz Buckley

29

00:48:18

16

Stephen Black

5

00:50:45

17

Sean Callery

13

00:51:06

18

Mary Horgan

33

00:52:58

19

Imelda Lynch

18

00:53:25

20

Ossi Schmidt

17

00:53:26

21

Ellen O’Brien

10

00:54:30

22

Severin McCullagh

6

00:54:33

23

Eric Murphy

14

00:54:57

24

Finbarr Hedderman

19

00:55:01

25

Kieran Nolan

16

00:55:23

26

Jason Murtagh

22

00:56:25

27

Ken Cashman

28

00:59:58

28

Mike Harris

7

01:02:11

29

Angela Harris

9

01:02:11

30

Roy McKnight

35

01:02:55

31

Maeve Mulcahy

1

01:03:38

32

Peter O’Mahony

21

01:03:59

33

Dave Mulcahy

8

01:05:28

3K Results by Category
Position First Name Last Name Number Time
Women Togs

1

Sarah Clifford

20

00:42:18

2

Sharon Concarr

2

00:46:55

3

Ellen O’Brien

10

00:54:30

4

Maeve Mulcahy

1

01:03:38

Men Togs

1

Ned Denison

3

00:40:29

2

Billy Mulcahy

4

00:40:58

3

Gabor Molnar

26

00:43:52

4

Owen O’Keefe

15

00:44:51

5

Martin Saunders

12

00:47:35

6

Stephen Black

5

00:50:45

7

Sean Callery

13

00:51:06

8

Severin McCullagh

6

00:54:33

9

Finbarr Hedderman

19

00:55:01

10

Kieran Nolan

16

00:55:23

11

Mike Harris

7

01:02:11

12

Dave Mulcahy

8

01:05:28

Women Wetsuit

1

Lynne Donnelly

11

00:40:17

2

Fiona Boyd

31

00:41:46

3

Eleanor Courtney

34

00:45:48

4

Liz Buckley

29

00:48:18

5

Mary Horgan

33

00:52:58

6

Imelda Lynch

18

00:53:25

7

Angela Harris

9

01:02:11

Men Wetsuit

1

Trevor Malone

24

00:41:13

2

Alan Rodgers

23

00:42:10

3

Jim Shalloo

30

00:42:16

4

Ken Rodgers

25

00:42:20

5

Ossi Schmidt

17

00:53:26

6

Eric Murphy

14

00:54:57

7

Ken Cashman

28

00:59:58

8

Roy McKnight

35

01:02:55

9

Peter Mahony

21

01:03:59

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