August 12th 2017 Garnish Island Glengarriff swim @ 6 pm
Low Tide 02.42 (0.82m)
High Tide 08.51 (3.35m)
Low Tide 15.07 (0.81m)
High Tide 21.16 (3.41m)
Waning Gibbous Moon
This for me is the swim of the year. Gaddin Abt Garnish is in its seventh year, it is my third time swimming in this event in the stunning post-glacial landscape. The rough rugged mountains of the Bears Peninsula are the beautiful back drop and shelter Garnish Island. There are a range of swims from 1k to 7k. All profits made from the swim go to the Bantry Inshore Search and Rescue. I always feel like I am in the presence of greatness at these swim events, there are amazing swimmers here and the sheer beauty of the place makes it such a special swim. It is a day out, a bit like a school trip, with most of the Lappers come over from Skibbereen on the bus we stay there for food and a few drinks after. A few New Lappers who are swimming this for the first time, it is exciting and nerve wracking all rolled into one.
Trying to get everyone together for a photo proves tricky.
Siobhan, Dany, Anne- Marie and Declan. Aisling and Alice.
Last year it rained out of the heavens and we were all thoroughly soaked so this year we were blessed as the sun came out just as we are getting our gear on. Thanks Sonia for some of these photos. We are all a bit jittery and nervous so having a laugh really helps to calm us all down.
Sonia, Myself and Aisling. Ellie, Debbie and Sonia.
Sonia, Nieve, Denise, Riona and Marion.
The 7k swimmers head in first. Louis, Sevey and Gordon.
In a flash they are in and almost at the first yellow bouy.
Then its the turn of the 5k swimmers. Sonia, Debbie and Sobby give the thumbs up, they are ready and have swam this distance in Lough Hyne the other week.
3K and this is me. Ann-Marie is leaving her wet suit in her bag and going for it. Mine is on and I have to say for some reason I am very nervous as I enter the water.I am always inspired at Anne-Maries bravery and determination.
I wait and leave the other to swim off and you can see how fast the pack are. Wow.
My first photo is at the first bouy, I have slightly relaxed, the water is lovely very warm and I cannot wait to get around the island.
The water is a bit on the murky side so I try and swim as close to the edge as I can, there are very shallow parts and I skim over lush sea weed and barnackled rocks.
Kayakers keep a watchful eye on us all, thank you to all of them and all other support teams and organisers.
Swimmers zoom past me, I try and keep up but one photo and they are off .
I met this couple on the pier, lovely to see a husband and wife swimming together.
Scenery, scenery, scenery and a bit of greenery underneath.
At this narrow corner a swimmer swims over the top of me, I get a fright but manage to capture him race off. For some swimmers this is all about time.
The R.N.L.I are here too to keep an eye on us, and were surprised to see a swimmer with a camera.
On the last stretch up to the first bouy. It goes through my head to swim around again and do 5k. However I am feeling not just 100 % fit and do not want to still be swimming while everyone is up in the pub!! So I turn in and head for the pier. Next year…
We are cheered on as we come in which is lovely.
Aisling and I come in together, we both loved it, what a swim. I need to remember this feeling at the start of the swim and not be so nervous. It is such an amazing buzz.
Anne- Marie is right behind us in her togs and Simon does 5k in his togs so flipping well done to you both. Whoop , whoop.
Grainne comes in beaming after an amazing 7k. Wow well done so inspiring.
Sobby, Sonia and Debbie after 5k, no problem they could have swam on further, more wows..
Congratulations to every single swimmer and especially the first timers and I am sure we will be back next year with more new swimmers and taking on more new challenges.
Before we swam Declan organised to pop into Sonias exhibition in Glengarriff town hall. We all chipped in and bought one of her beautiful paintings, which was raffled off later in the evening.
Herbie won the raffle and lets just say there were a few other spot prizes that has us all laughing rather a lot. Definitely a school trip to remember.