As I said in my other Blog note, I’m setting my sights on Swimming around Bere Island in West Cork (15m/24km).
Mum is from Castletownbere area (Very West Cork!), and I still have plenty of cousins, Aunts, Uncles living there, so when looking at a map and wondering where I can swim next, Bere Island jumped out at me. I’ve been looking at this map for over a year now, it is 15miles/24km to go around the island, but with some the island heavily exposed to the Atlantic, it required thoughtful planning. Enter the Local Castletownbere RNLI!. These guys have been brilliant with advice, knowledge etc. So the idea has now become a reality, having listened to the advice on local tides, I have earmarked 2 weekends when this can be attempted. First option is Saturday 31st August – yes that close, 2 weeks time!. To me, the training is done, I’ve spent the winter months getting ready for the 28mile Manhattan swim in June, closely followed by the 2-Way Channel Relay in July, the training mileage is in the bag, now to keep fit and healthy over the next 2 weeks. And if the compass Jellyfish would just bugger off too, I’d be much calmer about it all, I swam in Castletownbere last week, the Jellyfish are MUCH bigger than what we have in Cork Harbour at the moment, must be something in the West Cork water!
With some other personal challenges from local swimmers going on over the next few weeks, I’m happy to setting my sights on Bere Island.
Good Luck to Owen O’Keefe on his 60km onslaught of the River Blackwater (From Fermoy to Youghal). Steve Redmond is taking on the monstrous Irish Sea from Rosslare to Wales. And the local swim that I just can’t manage to do this year, the crew of 3 swimmers taking on the 24k swim from Sandycove to Myrtleville… It’s going to be a great 2 weeks of local marathon swimming if we can all pull it off!.. Good Luck Everyone! Swim Safe & Have Fun. 🙂