July 1st 2017 Richie’s Golden Mile Sherkin to Baltimore swim @ 11am
Low Tide 05.58 (1.00m)
High Tide 11.49 (3.00m)
Low Tide 18.20 (1.00m)
High Tide 00.18 (3.00m)
First Quarter Moon
This is a very special swim. It marks three years since myself and Anne- Marie challenged ourselves to get in the water and train to do this particular swim. It sadly marks five years since Richie Yates passed away. This swim organised by his family and friends is in celebration of his life. I never knew Richie but I know his sister Avril. I was speaking to their mum just before the swim and told her I often think about him while swimming, as it was this swim that cast my sea spell addiction and I have not stopped swimming since.
There is a big gang of Lough Hyne Lappers and we all chat, laugh and give each other words of advice and encouragement. It is some swimmers first time. My stomach is all over the place and I do feel nervous , even having swam this several times now. We have decided to keep the wetsuits on as it is a bit windy and grey. However Simon is going for it and a few hardy Lappers will go in skin!!
Richard , David and Ruth Mc Sweeney.
More swimmers emerge and wait on the pier ready to be whizzed over to Sherkin to swim back to Baltimore.
Patrick, Miriam, Sheelagh, Maria. Steve, Paul and myself strike it lucky and while waiting for a rib we somehow manage a lift in a yatch and are warm and cosy down below the deck. Patrick lives in Perth Australia and swims in temp of 16 degrees in Winter and 24 degrees in summer. He was first to finish, well done.
Everyone is desperate to get in and we are counted down and everyone whooshes in.
I hate this bit, it’s all arms and legs and I hold back. There was chat about where to aim for, but it’s just misty and I cannot see anything so I try and follow other swimmers.
There are plenty of kayakers watching out for us they were brilliant, so a big thank you to all of them.
As its deep all the way the visuals are limited to above the water, however there are jellyfish like this and teeny tiny ones. The water is fine and although not flat calm the waves are softly rolling and so I feel my body rise gently up and down and thankfully do not have to stop to spit out water. Just stop for photos.
The misty Beacon at the Harbour’s mouth.
I am following swimmer’s arms in front of me.
When I cannot see any swimmers I look for kayakers and the tops of boats.
I seem to be on my own for a bit, and have to swim a good bit to my left and suddenly meet Sonia, Debbie and Sobby.
At the bouy we have a photo but Sonia has swam on.
The Harbour is in our sites. Just keep swimming.
I follow Debbie and watch the bubbles.
The Shekin Ferry and Baltimore Castle is full view now.
There is a cheering crowd and finished swimmers waiting on the pier.
Lovely to finish with my fellow swimmers, we are all thrilled and ready for hot soup.
Sonia takes my photo, with Shekin ferry now leaving to head back to Shekin. Swimmers were expertly held back out of the way by the kayakers.
There is no doubt about it , there is nothing like looking back to where you have swam from, all the anxiety has gone and you just have a magical tingling (from the cold) but feel fantastic. A huge thank you to Richie’s family for all the organising and making this such a special swim, Richie will never be forgotten. All money raised today will go to the R.N.L.I.
Congratulations to swimmers who completed this for the first time, Aisling, Miriam and Danny, may this be the first of many and Simon who did it in his togs, very inspirational.
Finally I have to mention my beautiful friend Aingeal who sadly passed away on the 29th June 2015. Three years ago she was there to meet Anne- Marie and I after our first Richie’s Golden Mile swim. Aingeal loved Lough Hyne and this photo I took of her on the 19th June 2015. Aingeal like Richie is very much missed by her family and friends. Swimming is such a wonderful way to celebrate being alive.