The race that wasn’t

Finbarr started it with the idea of a Sandycove three-lap invitational race at the end of October. With two weeks to go and no mention, Carol Cashell and I raised the idea again and discussion ensued. With less than a week to go the starting lineup was small. The forecast for the weekend showed the…

Spring is swum

Real spring arrived most tentatively and late in Ireland this year, following the coldest early spring in 50 years. The water has been cold at its usual lowest point in late February, but recovery from the bottom took longer to occur than usual and many of the coldest days swimming have occurred after the normal…

Red House and Yellow House

First Corner and Comalees. Second Corner Stand of trees. Red House Yellow Bungalow. Guillamenes and Sandycove. Say my little swimming ditty out loud, it both scans and rhymes, a major achievement for me.ūüôā (It works for me, but you see, I really can’t write good poetry). When you swim the same open water locations regularly,…

Tragic Loss in the English Channel

Tragic Loss in the English Channel¬†Today Dear Swimmers, It is with great sadness the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation confirms the death an Irish swimmer whist attempting a solo crossing of the English Channel early this morning. P√°raic Casey¬†from Cork, Ireland began his swim at 9.13am on Saturday morning and was just 1km from the…

Sandycove Island panorama (50% size)

Guest post: Ned Denison on Essential Volunteering to support solo swims and swimmers (with added maths)

Ned Denison part¬†of the Sandycove group. He is an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee, ¬†also a committee Member for Santa Barbara Channel Swim Association, Manhattan, the Lee swim, and In Search of Memphre, amongst other things, as he seems to like being on committees. He is also persistently confused by the¬†difference¬†between an email…