May 25th 2017 Barloge Rapid swim @ 6.30 pm
Low Tide 03.24 (0.50m)
High Tide 09.29 (3.30m)
Low Tide 15.51 (0.60m)
High Tide 21.53 (3.30m)
Waxing Crescent Moon
This was an unplanned swim to the rapids, it was just decided when we arrived at Lough Hyne to the flooded car park. Getting to Barloge requires car sharing, so we all bundle into a car one swimmer in the boot the rest jammed into the back along with childrens car seats. It is exciting and I feel like a giddy child as the rapids are such a thrill.
I love taking off from the pier. It is a different experience from the pier in Lough Hyne. Once off the steps you enter a panoramic view of sea weed, ropes from boats and although you can see the bottom all the way to the rapids , I feel such a sense of floating, almost flying.
Once in we all head to the left to fly around the corner down the narrow channel that leads into Lough Hyne.
I am not the only one experiencing floating. There are lots of sculptural pieces of seaweed floating around us on the surface and down below.
As we are swimming down the channel I notice more that the pieces of seaweed are floating in the opposite direction to us.
This is because the tide is just on the turn, and as we arrive at the rapids we cannot fly down into Lough Hyne as it had started to flow back out. Last year I was there as it turned and watched the sea weed go from flowing one direction to standing up right and then flopping over to the other direction. Amazing.
We have no choice but to get out at the start walk along the wall and get back in to fly back down again.
We flew down the rapids a few times, and we all decided to swim back to Barloge along with the tide. I felt like an olympic swimmer on the way back, talk about fly. We then had to pile into Patrick’s van in our wet, wetsuits what a hoot.
Unfortunately I do not have the rest of the photos, as my beautiful daughter Lucy accidentally deleted them. I was so excited when I came home I gave her the camera and oops !!!. However it was not the end of the world and I was able to recover some. A fellow Lapper Riona told me to download Recuva from piriform.com. So thanks for that I am learning new computer skills all the time. And I am sure we will be down the rapids again very soon.