July 9th 2017 Lough Hyne swim @ 11.30 am
High Tide 06.05 (3.30m)
Low Tide 12.08 (0.90m)
High Tide 18.25 (3.40m)
Low Tide 00.20 (0.90m)
A very busy car park this morning, I had to park very far away in the bushes. Lots of keen swimmers, kayakers walkers all ready to enjoy the fantastic sunshine. I am very keen to finally do a whole lap of Lough Hyne the full 3k. Anne-Marie is up for it and some how we miss everyone else going in. So we decide to go anti- clockwise and head for Mrs Kelly’s Pier.
Mrs Kellys Pier is also bustling with people enjoying the weather and the water.
The water is calm and the most beautiful colour of green. I am so excited to be swimming up along this edge, for some bizarre reason I have not swam up close to the edge of the Western Trough Before.
Looking up and seeing the tress hanging over the edge is magical, as are these shots that happen by pure accident.They are my favourite.
Looking back down to Mrs Kelly’s Pier and looking up to Anne-Marie swimming ahead.
I gasp when I see this exquisite site of magical threads entangled, towering and draped at the very edge of the water.
The “threads” disappear and more coral style seaweed sways on the rocks.
I look up and a collapsed tree is half in half out of the water.
I can’t stop thinking why have I not been up here. It is spooky but just amazing. I am a good bit behind Anne-Marie I cant even see her.
The water temp changes with each stroke, feeling warm and then suddenly cold at the same time.
There is just too much to see.
I am in heaven , a artists visual heaven.
Large branches that have fallen into the water have been taken over by magical Lough Hyne marine life. They are eerie and have a Titanic feeling to them. I am prepared for a nightie clad passenger to float past me.
A long branch disappears down to the deep waters to my left.
We have gone up along the edge and Anne-Marie is crossing over the deep to the other side now. I push on to catch her up.
Now at the far side of Lough Hyne heading across the rapids.
It is deep here and I can feel a pull as we swim across.
Looking across to the corner of the island and behind Lough Hyne Hill. What a day.
At the corner of the rapids, we head across for Creepy Corner. We named this corner last year as there is something dark and errie about it. It is just above Whirlpool Cliff. There is a whirlpool there when the water is flowing into Lough Hyne and for scary cats like me best to be avoided. We speed up through Creepy Corner.
and above Creepy Corner.
Looking down to the rapids.
Glad to get out of there we head to the gap.
Nearly there just back down the edge to the car park now, the water here is like a bath and I wish I could take off the wetsuit just for this last bit.
This is my favourite corner of Lough Hyne.
I look for the standing upside down bottle from a few days ago and cannot see it, but spot this tyre instead like an underwater wreath. We are delighted to have finally completed a lap and now we are well and truly Lough Hyne Lappers. We chat with Nathan Timmons who has swam many, many laps of Lough Hyne. Last summer he swam from Cape Clear into Baltimore all for preparation of swimming The Channel. Next week is the week and I wish him all the very best of luck, I have no doubt he will do it no bother all… watch this space.