An Snámh Fada 2011

A last-minute decision was made. What the hell, I might as well do it. It’s the closest swim and the swim run by (one) of my own clubs and at my most regular swimming location. I’d met a few of the club regulars the day before when I made a failed attempt at my own Mo…

Jellyfish, all the way down.

There seems to come a point every year, when, having been forced by weather to mostly swim one spot, I just need to get to a few different locations. On Monday the relentless southerly winds of the last few weeks abated for the day, and switched to light offshore northerly, and the tide was high…

An ordinary early Irish summer’s swim

You know, in all the swimming I did last year, I never really wrote about ordinary swims that much. Every swim was part of a structure, a plan, the wet road toward Dover and the Strait. I tended to think more about big swims and tough swims, or swims which marked some milestone. I often…

24 miles in 24 hours swim

Lisa Cummins, Danny Walsh, and myself tackled the 24 miles in 24 hours swim challenge this weekend past, as I briefly mentioned last week. Mark Robson alerted us to this UK charity swim back in January/February. I thought it sounded like fun and asked a few of my regular swim friends and the rest of…

Sandycove Distance Camp

Last week was Sandycove Cork Distance camp. Organised and run by Ned Dennison, it’s a 10 day series of swims designed for long distance swimmers wanting to get some really serious training done. It started as the Champion Of Champions swim in 2008, based on the UK Dover race of the same format; a 5…

An Snámh Mór Fada

“Let them think what they liked, but I didn’t mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank — but that’s not the same thing.” — Joseph Conrad (The Secret Sharer and other stories) The Newtown & Guillamenes Swimming Club runs the Snámh Fada (long swim) every August. In reality it just runs…

The Helvick RNLI Swim August 22nd 2010

Those of you local to Waterford will know of the annual Helvick swim fundraiser for the RNLI and many others further afield also know of it. It’s been running for many years and until last year was a closed event with a waiting list. It’s previously been about 2500 metres, with a boat drop start…

The T-bay Rough Water Classic

I can’t say I’m back in the sea, as I’ve been sea swimming all through the winter. However times have been going up. I had gotten somewhat complacent doing 40 minute swims. So last weekend I upped it to 55 minutes and felt ok, of course I had direct radiant heat from the sun, and…