December 16th 2017 ” A Dip In The Nip ” Charity swim Tralispean @ 9.00am
High Tide 03.40 (3.37m)
Low Tide 09.49 (0.99m)
High Tide 15.59 (3.39m)
Low Tide 22.05 (0.96m)
Waning Crescent Moon
Driving to the “secret” location of Tralispean Beach, I was filled with a mixture of excitement, apprehension and terror. I have not been in the water for ten days so to be going in naked I am pretty scared to say the least. I could see flashes of colour in the sky and it was not until I parked up I saw the full extent of the fantastic colours and light in the sunrise over the beach. Wow, I knew this was going to be a very special watery experience.
There is a mixture of Lough Hyne Lapper and Dippers and a couple of independent dippers. We all had been collecting sponsor money, as this dip is for a special cause. Cancer Connect provides a free and flexible service to West Cork cancer patients who need transport up to Cork Hospitals in order to receive their treatments of radiotherapy, chemotherapy etc. This is a voluntary service administered by the West Cork Rural Transport. Each and every one of us has known someone who has either needed this service and or suffered from Cancer, so we are more than happy to get our kits off and help them with this much valued service for the West Cork Community. We all had envelopes, jars and pockets full of money which our friends, family etc have very kindly donated. We handed over the money to Declan Newman who along with Noel Browne had come as our bouncers and to make sure our dip was private.
Declan and Noel our bouncers, it is also Noels Birthday so Happy Birthday .
It is a fresh cold morning and we are all layered up. Eager to get going.
Some of the fabulous and inspirational Dippers who do this every morning ( in swim suits) rain, hail or shine.
Another every day dipper Betsy goggles and all she proper swims and was desperate to get in the water.
Stage 2, the clothes are off but we are keeping warm waiting for everyone to get in together. Tracey Wood Wolfe has the task of getting a photograph for the Southern Star. The idea is to get in and all stand in together before swimming. We all de robe and make a dash for the water.
Here we are, well done Tracey for getting the shot. After this we went for it. Screaming and whooping.
I had to have my camera with me and after getting my breath back I took a few shots of these amazing ladies.
Anne- Marie and Sheelagh.
Mave and Alice.
Mother and daughter team, Niamh and Denise who had the idea for this and made it happen, well done ladies you are both a truly an inspiration.
Back to Tracey’s photos.
Myself and Sonia just having a chat as you do.
I have to say it was such a buzz an exhilarating experience, one I will remember for the rest of my life. That feeling stayed with me all day and I want to thank all these wonderful women who enrich my life with fun, laughter and friendship. We are connected to braving the water and for those few minutes (much longer in a wetsuit) we are free. Congratulations to you all and a huge thank you to Tracey, Declan, Noel and everyone who donated money. A good few of us went for breakfast in Skibbereen. Niamh told us an amazing 2,410 Euro was raised and more money is still to come in.
A few shots I pinched from the Whats App, the smiles say it all.
Another good thing about dipping in the nip is there is very little to dry.