July 16th Lough Hyne swim @ 11.30 am
Low Tide 04.52 (1.07m)
High Tide 10.54 (3.21m)
Low Tide 17.23 (1.08m)
High Tide 23.26 (3.24m)
Third Quarter Moon
My Mum and Dad are visiting me and want to come and watch me start the mornings swim. I have my two Norfolk Terriers with me and we meet a new swimmer who has two Norwich Terriers. The only difference is the ears, Norfolks fold down , Norwich stand up, both are unusual to see in Ireland and it is lovely to see them together. Every one is delighted to welcome Alice and heres to many more swims and dog walking too.
Down to business and into the water. I am glad I have on my wetsuit today the water temp feels a bit colder. However Anne-Marie is in her togs.
I seem to be on my own then suddenly I see other swimmers.
I snap this at The Gap but not sure if its me ? A foot or a hand ? Great splash though !
We head on around the back of the island and I feel cold patches and swim through large bits of floating seaweed.
The sea weed floats up around the rocks at the edge of the island.
Swimmers wait and we decide to swim to the boys, and then over to the far Western Trough.
Bouys and swimmers mingle.
I capture Meadbh swimming past me as I was trying to get a shot of the leaf. She is another swimmer who has recently joined us and this is her longest swim so far. Truly inspirational.
The trees here hang over and some dip into the water.
Sheelagh spots the heron and I try to swim over quietly to get a shot, I am too slow and noisy and it flies off before I get there. My shot is a bit blurry.
I love the blurry effect of this shot below. Pure accident but a happy accident.
Then there is the pure magic of under the water. It takes my breath away.
More blurring under the trees.
Trying to follow Anne- Marie in her togs, a great long swim too. Just Lovely.
As I finish off this blog I am very sad to report that due to very bad weather conditions Nathan Timmons did not get his chance to swim the Channel. I know he will be gutted. He trained his heart out, and we are all gutted for him. Safe journey home Nathan, Steve and Noel. Another time for sure.