Revised 2014 Calendar (Great Dublin Swim) & Entry Forms

The Inagural Great Dublin Swim Saturday 9th August

This is taking place on Saturday 9th August the day before the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race Sunday 10th August.

The ILDSA organisers of the Great Dublin Swim have asked if we would reserve Saturday 9th August so that swimmers who would normally take part in the open sea races can compete.

Swim for Padraig
In order to accomodate the Great Dublin Swim we have to move the Swim for Padraig back to Saturday 6th September  on Killiney Beach Men 1.00pm and Ladies’ 1.45pm. This will give swimmers the opportunity to compete and support both events if they so choose. The Swim for Padraig is now after the closing date for the Liffey Swim so it will not count as a qualifier.

Bobby Nolan Trophy Moved to  Wednesday 20th August

Due to a clash with an aquathon on the Bull Wall, Clontarf SC have to move the Bobby Nolan Trophy to the Wednesday night 20th August . The exact times will be published later.

Corrib Prom Swim moved to Saturday 20 September

Corrib SC  have requested that we move the Corrib Prom Swim  to Saturday 20 September.

Swimmer of the Year
The Swimmer of the year competition will finish at the Liffey Swim on Saturday 13 September and the Corrib Prom race will not now count as part of this competition.

Island Race (Ireland’s Eye to Howth) Saturday 30th August
• Registration 12.30pm
• Boat Departs 1.30pm
• Race Starts 2.00pm

Half Moon SC Siobhan McKenna Cup Saturday 16th August Killiney

Men’s Race 2.00pm
Ladies’ Race 2.45pm

Revised Open Sea Calendar 26 July Onwards

Please find attached revised calendar including changes from 26 July to end of season

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race Sunday 10th August

Closing date for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race Monday 4th August
Collection of Hats Irishtown Stadium Thursday 7th August 7.00pm to 8.30pm.   Please find attached entry forms:

95th Dublin City Liffey Swim Saturday 13th September

Closing date for the Liffey Swim Sunday 31 August.  Collection of Hats Irishtown Stadium Thursday 4th September 7.00pm to 8.30pm.  Please find attached entry forms:

Swim Ireland National 5k and Leinster 10K
Lough Dan County Wicklow on Saturday 23 August @ 10AM
 Please find  attached entry form

Open Sea Committee


Swimmers competing for the first time

Novice Form

Parent or Guardian Consent

Swimmers who are competing in their first Leinster Open Water Race must present themselves in person to the race officials on the day at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled race start time.

Please complete the attached novice consent form fully and accurately and bring it with you. This is essential to ensure you are fairly assessed to ensure your safety and the safety of other competitors on the day. You must also produce evidence of Swim Ireland membership.

Swimmers who do not satisfy the above requirements may not be permitted to compete.
If you have competed previously but are returning after a number of years absence, please follow the above requirements.

Novice Form

Open Sea Committee

Internantional Orphan Aid This Sunday Low Rock Malahide

Hi all, just a quick reminder that as usual the charity swim on sunday for orphan aid will be 20 euros to enter, also  it is malahide festival weekend so give yourself some extra time to make it, could you please pass this mail on to your club members, thank you all for your continued support and hope to see you all on the day, Thanking You Brian O Dwyer.

Bosphorous Swim, Istanbul



The Bosphorus is one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world. It’s a 33km strait that separates Europe and Asia which joins the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. But this Sunday, July 20, it will be closed to all shipping vessels while the 26th Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim Race takes place.

A thousand eight hundred swimmers  will take to the water on the Asian side today Sunday 20 July.  Among them will be 26 Irish swimmers mainly  from Phoenix Masters Clondalkin and NAC Masters, most  of whom regularly compete in the Leinster Open Sea Races.

The Bosphorus Swim is as  much a test of navigation skill as swimming ability. The average time for the 6.5km swim is a mere 50 minutes.  This is because it is current-assisted which is fantastic if you can hold your line and get the best of the tricky tide run and eddies. But if you get it wrong it can take more than two hours to complete the race. There is also a serious danger of over-shooting the finish if you misjudge the North-South surface current which runs at 4 to 5km per hour through this last stretch. If you do, you and then have to battle against this current to get back to the finish pontoons on the European side. Rumour has it that few overshoot every year and then are picked up in safety nets downstream!

Information Bosphorus Swim

Wexford Masters’  inagural Saltees Island Swim from the Saltees Island to Kilmore Quay County Wexford also takes place today

Good Luck from to all taking part in both Swims.

Open Sea Committee


Saturday 19 July Healy O’Kane Race Wicklow Harbour

Wicklow Swimming Club, Healy O’Kane Open Swim

This Saturday 19th July 2014

  • Men’s Race 3:30pm
  • Ladies’ Race 4.15pm
  • Presentation Phil Healy’s Pub Wicklow  circa  5.30pm

Registration Point – New Pier, Wicklow Town

The course measures 1.5km starting at the Sandfiner Beach in Wicklow Town and finishing at the beach in Wicklow Harbour beside the New Pier.    See Map below

Healy O’Kane Race Map

Ice Milers at Sandycove

The enchanting Sandycove Island, Kinsale, Co. Cork in Ireland calls open water swimmers from around the world to a week of swimming, training and creating lifelong friendships. On Saturday, 12 July, at the first swim of the camp organised by Ned Denison (IISA Executive Member) a number of International Ice Milers gathered to join with the camp and share their experiences. Pictured are


Back Row (L-R); Ciaran Byrne, Finbarr Hedderman and Ned Denison (all members of host club Sandycove Island Swim Club), Jeremy Irvine,

Front Row (L-R); Haydn Welch, Sabrina Wiedmer, Carmel Collins and Fergal Somerville.

st Cork) and Sabrina Wiedmer (1st Swiss) who on the previous weekend became the 20th and 21st individuals to swim the North Channel in times of 12:34 and 10:13 respectively. Amazingly, that was Sabrina’s first ever solo swim and she was guided across the channel by expert pilot Quinton Nelson, swimming from Donaghadee to Portpatrick.

Eight swimmers, ten International Ice Miles and world’s fastest woman over the distance. You can feel the warmth amongst the ice milers……

Eastern Swim Club has ran and invitational ice mile swim in Lough Dan in Co. Wicklow for the last two years and hopes to run the even again in 2015. Anyone interested can contact Fergal Somerville on  Ice swimming is an extreme sport which requires substantial training. Invitations are issued to swimmers who demonstrate consistent swimming in cold water in preparation for the event.

Fergal Somerville