The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim

By | July 24, 2018

Marie MacAree and Kay Quirke in Courtmacsherry

The 8th Annual Courtmacsherry lifeboat Swim took place at Blind Strand near Courtmacsherry on Satuday the 21st of July. There were two routes on offer for participants on the day, a  one lap 1.5km option or a two lap 3 k.m. option with a short walk or run on the beach between laps. All proceeds on the day went to the Courtmacsherry lifeboat. Once again the Blackwater triathlon Club was well represented on the day. Perennial water babies Dave Mulcahy and Declan O’Keeffe were joined by Marie MacAree, Anna O’Keeffe, Seán Slattery and Kay Quirke. Conditions on the day were very warm, but breezy, with water temperatures hovering around the high teens. 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. Declan, Dave and Seán were in the 3km skins race,  Marie did the 3km wetsuit swim and Anna and Kay did the 1.5km wetuit race. Anna was second in the ladies 1.5km wetsuit race with Seán and Declan finishing 2nd and 4th in the men’s 3km skins race. Marie completed her first 3km sea swim in the wetsuit category having already cycled 111km earlier in the day!! Dave Mulcahy and Kay Quirke also acquitted themselves admirably on the day.  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.