Welcome to the new home for Leinster Open Sea Swimming. This site will be used to post information regarding summer sea swims, results, pictures and ways to get involved with the community. If you would like information on how to participate in our summer sea programme, please consult the Basics section of this site.
-The Leinster Open Sea Committee
The Leinster Region of Swim Ireland passed the following motion at the EGM last Saturday:
“That the region would fully subsume / integrate into Swim Ireland and that the outcome of the EGM is not binding on the Leinster Open Sea Committee, who on behalf of Swim Ireland runs Open Sea and Open Water races in Leinster and that Committee are empowered to make their own decision on the matter of integration or incorporation as a separate entity.”
The Leinster Open Sea Committee would like to thank the Leinster Region Management Committee who hosted the EGM and to all delegates who attended the EGM.
The Open Sea Committee will conduct a review of both options and we will then put our findings to a meeting of the clubs.
The clubs will then decide if the Open Sea Committee either subsume into Swim Ireland or incorporates.
We wish our colleagues in Leinster Swimming every continued success in 2014 when they integrate into Swim Ireland.
Thank you for your support.
Leinster Open Sea Committee
Fergus Barron passed away on October 7, 2013. For many years he was our club patron. Fergus was born in Ennis Co. Clare in 1928. He was involved in swimming in Ennis in the early years before moving to Dublin and joining Dublin SC in the 50s. Some time later he became club coach and was also a founding member of the masters swimming movement in Ireland. His commitment to the club never ceased and many members of DSC remember his activeness and contribution fondly.
A quote from DSC member Sandra Trappe sums up Fergus and his impact on many people. “From way back to the days of Tara street baths and Iveagh Baths, Fergus was instrumental in getting me and other young people to try all disciplines of swimming. In Blackrock baths, a typical training session could include diving from the springboards, races of all distances, water polo, synchronised swimming for all age groups within the baths, followed by an open water swim to the “pole” and back to the baths.
Fergus was great at including everyone and encouraging all of us to have fun. At the drop of a hat, and after a few phone calls to the “country” he would organise busloads of young swimmers to go places through out Ireland in order to experience open-water swimming. He didn’t think twice about packing 8 – 10 young people in the back of his car to drive us to galas. It was great fun and because of him, everyone made friends very easily.”
Fergus published a book”Swimming for a Century IASA 1893 – 1993″ which serves as a great reference point for the development of swimming in Ireland. Fergus was also a past president of The Irish Amateur Swimming Association.
We’ll miss him.
Dublin Swimming Club
Gary Ftzgerald (Half Moon) started swimming at 9.16am from the Kish Lighthous into the Forty Foot. At 11.24 he was just passing south of the Beaufort Buoy. He completed the swim in a time of 4 hours 30 minutes and 25 seconds landing close to the Forty Foot.
Official Observer’s Report
Gary Fitzgerald’s facebook page
Cyril Smith of Trinity College Dublin and Niall O’Sullivan will be appearing on Talking History on Newstalk this Sunday 29 September at 8.45pm
As a result of the adverse weather conditions forecast for tomorrow, safety boat cover will not be available to us. Therefore we have had to make the decision to cancel the race scheduled for tomorrow on Killiney beach.
The swimmer of the year presentation of prizes will now take place in the Queens in Dalkey at 2.00pm.
Please support your fellow swimmers by attending the presentation of swimmer of the year prizes on Sunday in Dalkey at 2.00pm.
Thanks for your support
The Open Sea Committee
Oswald Schmidt Cork Masters has a small number of tickets up for grabs for the Global Open Water Swimming Conference Cork 11th to 30 October 2013. First Come First Served and Sale starts Friday 9 am and must finish after 30 Day-only & 30 Full-Conference tickest are gone.
See Programme of events for conference:
And there’s something for the Under-18′s -
30% reduction on the Day-only tickets – limited to 20 tickets
Please remember to collect your hats and shirts from Irishtown Stadium this Thursday from 7.00pm to 8.30pm for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race.
Family / Children’s Race
We have received a substantial amount of interest in the family / children’s race. Unfortunately the committee cannot accept any further entries and entries are now closed.
Thank you for your support.
Times for Sunday
In order to accommodate operating conditions within Dun Laoghaire Harbour there is a change of start times to the races this Sunday:
- Registration for men’s race 9.45am until 11.00am;
- Men’s race starts at 11.30am (earlier than previously published);
- Registration for Family Swim 11.30am to 11.59am;
- Family swim starts at 12.30pm;
- Registration for Ladies’ race 11.45am until 1.00pm;
- Ladies’ race starts at 1.30pm
Please note the Open Sea Committee will enforce a cut off time of fifty five minutes in the men’s race.
Presentation of prizes will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire after the Ladies’ Race.
The Handicaps for the 2013 Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race are published on the Major Races page.
As in previous years there will be a childrens’ swim before the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race. Registration at 10.00am, swim at 10.30am and presentation on the pier straight after. Parents are welcome to swim with their children if they so wish. If you are interested in letting your child swim please email email@example.com or contact John Redmond on 087 258 5125 as spaces are limited.