July 13th 2017 Myrtleville Swim @ 7.10 pm
Low Tide 02.23 (0.91m)
High Tide 08.32 (3.29m)
Low Tide 14.47 (0.91m)
High Tide 20.56 (3.35m)
At long last I am going to swim in Myrtleville. This is an organised event a 2k race from Myrtleville beach around the corner to Church Bay. Many of the Myrtleville swimmers come down to swim in Lough Hyne so I have met a few of them over the years. Aisling has grown up spending all her summers in Myrtleville her parents have a house there, sadly Aisling dad passed away at Easter and the house is up for sale but we are staying there tonight . Aisling, Anne-Marie, Nicola and myself are all going up representing The Lough Hyne Lappers, so its a road trip and an overnighter. I am very excited when we are fully packed in the car, munching snacks, chatting and laughing while Aisling drives us up to Myrtleville. The WhatsApp is pinging and Nathan, Noel and Steve are on their road trip heading to The Chanel. Nathan will swim this week. Messages of good luck are pinging from our phones. Good luck to Nathan and glad you have such expert support.
We walk down to the beach to register, they are expecting over 311 swimmers to swim today. As we walk down I begin to feel nervous especially when we see the caliber of swimmers there. However once registered with a warm welcome, a number on our hands, a timing wrist band, water and a banana we have plenty time and relax on the stairs to the beach and take in the beautiful view.
We relax and organise our gear. We get good advise and great chats with other swimmers. There is a small delay as they were expecting 311 swimmers and only 189 have actually registered on the day. I am quietly relieved as I do not like on mass entering of water and we are not in any race it is all about just doing it, having a new swimming experience and for me capturing new visuals. For others it is a race. What I do love is it the swimmers are of all ages, shapes and sizes our connection is the love of water and swimming. After a quick safety briefing..and a photograph by Siobhan Russell.
We are all ready to get in…
one, two , three go…..
Some swimmers are nearly around the corner and I am not even swimming yet..
Anne-Marie and Nicola go….
Aisling and I go …
Stay 50 m from the edge Paula and swim in a straight line !!!
Try not to bash into other swimmers..
Keep swimming and taking shots too..in front..
Draught as many speedy swimmers as you can keep up with….
Keep your eye on the first bouy…
Head for around the corner…
Two swimmers I seem to stay with for a good part of the swim..
Others come out of nowhere and speed past like a rate of knots..
The water feels fantastic , lovely and warm.
What seems like no time at all I pass the second bouy..
Around the corner..
Over some rocks..
And before I know it the Finish line is in sight ..
I was 161st and a time of 41.52. The fastest time was Amy Wolfe 23.43.
The girls are seconds behind me, are we are just thrilled and surprised at the distance we were expecting to swim for longer.. and could have.
Aisling and I were snapped getting out by Siobhan Russel the official photographer for the swim.
Siobhan took this one also. Aisling was off getting us a lift back to Myrteville. Damien ONiel one of the organisers very kindly gave us a lift and huge thanks to him and all the organisers. the RNLI, Coast Guard, Order of Malta, Funkytown, Gardai, Centra staff, Sea Scouts, Jimmy Long and local residence of Myrtleville and Church Bay.
Swimmers have fantastic smiles after a swim, I met the couple I was swimming with most of the way they recognised my camera on the beach. They were from Tipperary and I am sorry I forgot their names but I do hope we see you in Lough Hyne soon. My only photo that came out is this shot.
We had a fantastic swim and thanks to Aisling for the driving and staying in her beautiful family home. Very sad new while writing this blog at the passing of John O Flynn. He served in the Baltimore Life Boat Crew was a great sailor and loved the sea. John is is going to be huge loss to all his family and friends I am thinking of you all.
July 14 2017 Myrtiville secret swim @ 9.00 am
The next morning we go for a dip in a secret location only locals know how to get to. It was a bit tricky to get to but that made it all the more special. Aisling told us a ninety year old lady swims here every morning and I can see why. Just beautiful the perfect way to round off our adventure. You definitely have to grab onto life and just go for it.