October 12th 2019 Sherkin to Baltimore @ 4.27pm
High Tide 05:05 (3.36m)
Low Tide 11:10 (0.84m)
High Tide 17:22 (3.46m)
Low Tide 23:21 (0.87m0
Baltimores Wet Weekend kicked off on Friday with a night swim in Lough Hyne. Swimmers were mesmerised by the phoespherence, it was a magical spectacle seeing the day glow of the swimmers through the darkness of Lough Hyne, and it was wonderful to see the elation as they came out of the water. This truly is an experience not to be missed either in or out of the water.
Saturdays swim Sherkin to Baltimore, an amazing 400 swimmers took to the water. All money raised will go to Baltimores Wild Atlantic Pool. This funraising swim was first organised by Pat Flaherty twenty two years ago in 1997. Pat and his family were my neighbours until recently they moved to Kerry. I was so thrilled at Baltimore Sailing Club when Pat, his three children Ciara, Mave and Liam came in to register for the swim.
Swimmers from all over the country as far as Co Down and of course the Lough Hyne Lapper’s were out in full force too.
Lappers on the pier waiting for the Sherkin Ferry.
The Sherkin Ferries went back and forth collecting the excited swimmers. We were all given bio degradable bags which were numbered according to your allocated swim number. This was brilliant as you could keep warm and pop your clothes in the bag which was then taken back to Baltimore. Many thanks to Rosaline and to the ferries for doing such fantastic job.
This swim was what started me swimming six years ago. So I am delighted to see more swimmers taking on this challenge for the first time. Sisters Ruth, Catherine Ann and Liz with Pro swimmer Sarah on the far left and me on the far right.
Amazing to see the swimmers take up the whole pier, and there are swimmers up the hill too chilling out and getting changed. It is a beautiful day and the sun feels warm.
Ned Denison gives us all important safety briefing.
Lapper photo shoot and everyone is in great form.
Kayakers are ready too , our very own Karan who minds us all on many swims, she is enjoying the sunshine. Thanks to everyone, kayakers , ribs and the R.N.L.I who watched over us during the swim.
I am in no rush to go in, and there is quite a que. I loved watching the more competitive swimmers, checking their watches, slapping muscles, drinking and spitting water, they are pumped and ready for action.
And off they go…
An amazing ice swimmer form Iceland, I met her at the night swim, she is loving our balmy, warm waters of West Cork.
Lapper Noel Browne and one of the organisers is watching over us all, feeding us gently and safely into the harbour in waves.
And in I go, with the front swimmers almost at Baltimore already.
I takes a good five minutes to get into a rhythm , I have been out of the water for a bit having a chesty cold, but it’s the being out of the water that hurts more. I am thrilled to be connected again, inside my head sighs a relief as well as my body.
Ruth and Catherine Ann are powering on, and they did it, so delighted well done ladies, I hope this is the first of many .
The R.N.L.I make you feel very safe.
I turn around to see how far I have come, the light so very different.
The Harbours mouth and Baltimore’s iconic Beacon.
About half way now, next three photographs are my favourite, I feel like I am on my own, lost in the landscape, its just wonderful.
Baltimore suddenly appears and I swim into a bouy.
I see a familiar face Brian, watching over us.
Water a bit murky but definitely warmer coming in, great crowd cheering us in.
Lapper Mave above and below a few more, thanks to Joe for the photos, the big smiles say it all, it’s a great feeling to complete the swim.
Thanks to everyone involved making this such an incredible experience and raising money to keep Baltimores Community Wild Atlantic Pool afloat.
Turning The Plastic Tide Tips
I met two swimmers in Lough Hyne Emily and Joleen the next day wearing the most amazing swimming costumes with sharks printed all over.They looked amazing and I was so excited when they told me they are sustainable and made from 100% RECYCLED PLASTIC, which other wise would be headed for landfill or our oceans. Recyling may not save the planet ,but when done in a considered way , it is one of the solutions we can utilise. this helps not only reduce consumption of new raw materials , it also helps reduce energy usage , as well as reducing air and water pollution form landfill and marine waste.
The company is U.K based www.batoko.com. Costumes are 50 pounds sterling, here is a snapshot of designs from their website as my photo of the girls do not do justice to the fantastic suits. I hope will swim into them soon. Thanks for the great tip ladies.
Thanks Emily for the photo better than the one I took.