The 9th Annual Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim took place at Blind Strand, near the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry at 1.30pm on Saturday, July 27th. There were two options on offer for participants on the day, a one lap 1.5km swim or a two lap 3 km option. All proceeds on the day went to the Courtmacsherry lifeboat. Once again the Blackwater Triathlon Club was well represented. Perennial water babies Dave Mulcahy and Declan O’Keeffe were joined by Mary Collins, Adam Blaiklock and Stephen Dalton. Declan, Dave and Stephen were in the 3km skins race, Adam did the 3km wetsuit event and Mary did the 1.5km wetsuit race. The weather was lovely and sunny in the morning with a very relaxed atmosphere before the race. It was a mass beach start following a triangular course. Going out was easy as the tide was going out and the wind was going the same direction. Coming back to the beach was harder, swimming against the tide and the wind. Swimmers had one lap for the 1.5k swimmers and an ‘Australian exit’ for the 3k swimmers, who had to exit the water, round the buoy on the beach and start off for the second lap 2. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated as the day went on and the second lap was choppier than the first lap. There was even a shower of rain at the end as the swimmers returned to the beach. Dave Mulcahy was greeted by the race organiser as he returned to the beach, in recognition of the fact that he has now taken part in all 9 of the Courtmacsherry lifeboat swims. There was soup and sandwiches for the swimmers afterwards and everyone agreed that it was a great day out, very friendly and really well organised. Well done to the organisers and everyone who took part on the day.