The 4rd annual Rebel Plunge open water swim took place on Sunday the 9th of June as the last event of the Cork Harbour Festival. The Swim was 3.8km downstream from Port of Cork to Blackrock Village. 294 brave souls entered the water at 5p.m. on Sunday evening with the Blackwater Triathlon Club providing 11 of the 230 swimmers that took part on the day. There was a great mix of swimmers taking part in the event, from hardened sea swimmers to relative novices. The Swim is along a spectator friendly course, with views from the Marina to the Finish. It was open to both Wetsuit and Skins (togs only) swimmers. The weather on the day was a little unpredictable with occasional spells of sunshine interspersed by torrential downpours. Indeed one of our members was heard to comment at one stage that it was nearly wetter out of the river than in it! The joys of an Irish summer? Conditions in the water weren’t too bad and the Blackwater contingent all thouroughly enjoyed their swim. Frank Hallissey (49:12) and Dave Mulcahy (57:06) were amongst the brave souls who didn’t resort to wetsuits. Ever consistent, Dave finished 20 seconds faster than in last year’s event and 23 seconds faster than his 2017 time. Shane Collins was the first of the wetsuit crew out of the water in 47:05, followed by Aidan Sheridan (49:25), Martin Feeney (51:10),Christian Board (51:29), Stephen Dalton (52:11), Peter O’Brien (52:48), David Murphy (56:00), Marie MacAree (57:13) and Joe Scanlan (1:01:03). Great times all around, and an excellent opportunity for those doing the Ironman in Youghal in a couple of weeks to get a long swim under their belts. The event was put together as part of the Cork Harbour Festival, and the team could not have done a better job. Ribs, kayaks, goody bags, hats, showers, food, changing rooms all pointed to a very well run event with any funds raised on the day going to the Cork Lions Club? Well done to the organisers and everyone who took part on the day. Definitely an event to mark down in the diary for 2020.