Closing Date Liffey Swim This Sunday 31st

Please find attached entry forms for the Dublin City Liffey Swim.

95th Dublin City Liffey Swim

Closing Date is next Sunday 31 August 2014.   Clontarf SC’s The Island Swim is on this Saturday and the the final Qualifying Swim for the Liffey Swim is Guinness SC “People with a Disability” at Windsurfers’ Pier this Sunday.   Men’s Race at 3.00pm and Ladies’ Race at 3.45pm.   We will accept entry forms for the Liffey Swim at both races.

Stewards, Kayakers for the Liffey Swim

We need swimmers who are not competing in this year’s Liffey Swim on Saturday 13th September to volunteer their time as stewards and where possible Kayakers. If you are interested please email with your name, club name and phone number. All help is very much appreciated.

Hats and Shirts Irishtown Stadium Thursday 4th 7.00pm to 8.30pm

We will be giving out hats and shirts for the Liffey Swim in Irishtown Stadium, Ringsend (between Ringsend Park and Sean Moore Road) on Thursday 4th of September between 7.00pm and 8.30pm.

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

Swim Ireland Registration and Contacting the Committee


In order to compete in the Leinster Open Sea Races, Swimmers must be registered with a Swim Ireland club for insurance purposes.   If your are not registered and would like to register,  but do not know of any local clubs contacts  etc. please email and PLEASE include your phone number.  We will direct you to your nearest club contact.  Please also give an indication where you based either home or work etc. To register with Swim Ireland  from now until the end of the season (Mid October) costs Euro 13.  

As per previous posts before presenting at your first open sea race please complete novice form.  If a swimmer is under 18 years of age they must have a parental or guardian consent form signed.

Novice Form

Parent or Guardian Consent

If you wish to contact the committee or a member of the committee please email and please ALWAYS include your phone number.   It is often  quicker to call or text somebody then to email etc.  Please do not send messages to the committee via Facebook.  We will not respond to contacts via Facebook. .

Alternatively if you wish to contact the committee  just walk over and talk to a member of the committee at any of the races.  If  however if you have a dispute or a complaint  please follow the following guidance.

In the unlikely event that you dispute a decision of a race official or have a complaint to make, you may put a question or complaint in writing by email to the Open Sea Committee at .

All such questions or complaints must be received within twenty four hours of the race.  Under no circumstances are the handicappers, race referee or race team to be approached directly at the race location or at the presentation after the race.   Disputes will be adjudicated by the Open Sea Committee. Their decision will be final.

The Open Sea Committee will issue announcements and updates on the Leinster Open Sea Races via our facebook and this website . The Facebook page will always be the first to be updated.   Please check these before travelling to races for news of cancellations, postponements and general updates.

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The Open Sea Committee will not issue announcements and updates by way of text, phone or email and will only contact a swimmer in the case of urgent matters.

Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim Sunday 20 July


On Sunday last, 20 July, twenty-two Irish swimmers braved the currents and over enthusiastic VIP, press, and “safety boats” for the 26th Annual Cross-Continental Swim on the Bosphorus, Istanbul.    In all, 1648 swimmers competed from something like 34 nations; of these 45 Did Not Finish and 38 were Disqualified.    All of the Irish made it safely home which was an impressive achievement.    Phoenix, NAC Masters, Glenalbyn, Sandycove, Swim4Life and Eastern Bay were all represented in addition there we’re also a few swimmers not affiliated currently to any club.


The race started with all 1648 competitors being ferried to the Asian side for the start.

It was a large boat and the whole thing felt a bit like a massive away trip for the most mixed national swim team you could imagine.    There was of course the mandatory delay at the start.    Rowan Guinan from Eastern Bay had his two minutes of fame when a local TV channel singled him out for an interview.    A real Oscar moment in fact.    Eventually, we got the Go at which point the swimmers had to jump off a pontoon attached to the boat to start the race.   Timing chips were used so the Lemming-like mass start that took place was not really necessary.    Still, 1600 odd bodies entering the water in less that 5 minutes was quite a sight.  But the Bosphorus is very wide so within a further minute or two the crowd had dispersed and it was possible to swim unhindered for most of the race. And that was perhaps the high point of it all. Cruising down one of the most renowned waterways in the world in clear water watching the marker points roll by: bridges, pylons, fortresses, islands… or at least it was for me.The swim itself was amazing. The water speed made it all a bit surreal – we were current assisted at about 4 to 5kph! It was like being Michael Phelps for a day.  But it was tricky too.    All 22 Irish will have their own different stories to tell about those bridges and power lines and islands but one thing we all could agree on was that the moment of breaking out of the flow and making towards the finish is a game changer. We all either started into the finish either too early or too late! You can get a sense of this from the spread-pattern evident in the picture taken by the drone at the finish. Of course, sticking a  three deck VIP boat directly in line of sight most swimmers needed on the finish pontoon did not help either. But nevertheless, there we were in or around an hour to ninety minutes later, clambering ashore on the Europe side. Cross-Continental Swimmers all.

Luckily, the thunder and lightning storm that happened on Saturday did not reoccur. If it had, we were told with great enthusiasm by the organisers, the race would have been cancelled or abandoned. In the latter case “almost” every swimmer would have been taken from the water. Some it seems we’re expected to find their own way ashore or perhaps make land somewhere along the Sea of Marmara.

In a way this reflects the rather scary part of it all. The event was marked by lots of enthusiasm but also by organisation that appeared to be haphazard at best.  Disorderly Queues were the order of the day.  Queue for accreditation, queue for the bag drop, queue for the boat, queue to start the race, in some cases queue to finish it, queue for your cert, queue for your bag…. with “Queue”  being open to a very loose reading! The safety boats seem to cause most of the safety issues.  One of our own swimmers came very close to an encounter with a jet ski.  I myself had a boat heading straight for me and had to stop and to wave for about 90 rather anxious seconds until the pilot saw me and changed course.

That said, when well clear of the chaos, most of the Irish swimmers felt they would like another go at it now that they have had the experience! Each of us probably thinking they could make a better job of it the next time. But for the watchers and supporters it might be harder to say. It’s one thing to see a bit of the chaos taking place among the race fleet from water-level. Seeing the whole thing unfold from the shoreline was very probably fear-making of a different scale!

Notable Age-Group results

  • John Redmond, Sandycove, 14th
  • Rachel Doyle, Phoenix, 6th
  • Jenny Hickey, NAC Masters 10th
  • Sandra O’Leary, NAC Masters 3
  • Anne Marie Kendrick, Phoenix, 3
  • Dymphna Morris, Swim4Life, 1
  • Anne McAdam, Phoenix, 1

Full results can be found at ttp://

Photos of the event can be found at

Dymphna Morris

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


Sabrina Wiedmer North Channel Swim

A few short months ago I wrote to tell you about Swiss Swimming Sensation Sabrina Wiedmer. In February she became the first Swiss Swimmer to swim an International Ice Mile in a women’s world record time of 25 minutes and 15 seconds. Sabrina completed a degree in Biochemistry in Ireland last year (Dublin City University). During her time here she swam in galas and open water swims, winning races and making great friends.

This weekend she returns to Dublin after a winter training in Lake Thun. Next week she will take on the North Channel, swimming from Ireland to Scotland. This is an incredible swim and, to date, has only been crossed by 19 individuals. What is amazing is that the North Channel is Sabrina’s first Channel Swim; for her counterparts it is often the last Channel to be attempted.

Times for the North Channel range from 9:35 to 18:59. The swim is weather dependent. The North Channel is the most challenging of all Channel Swims and is notorious for cold water, rough weather and blooms of jellyfish.

I include a tracker link for the swim. We expect Sabrina to get the call to start at the end of next week. I will be updating the tracker for the swim and our FB page

  • Facebook Page Eastern Bay
  • Sabrina has swam for Schwim Club Delphn, Eutendorff since her youth and is also a member of Eastern Bay Swim Team, a masters swimming club in Dublin. I attach a photo of Sabrina from last summer’s Eastern Bay swim in Dublin Bay. She is in the very good company of Annette Cullen; a training buddy and English Channel aspirant.

    I am sure you will want to cover the swim for the Swiss Swimming Federation. Please let me know if you require further information.

    Fergal Sommerville

    Swim to raise funds for Pádraig Schäler (Caring for Pádraig fund)

    Saturday 6th September Killiney Beach 
    Men’s Race 12.01pm and Ladies 1.00pm
    1,500 metres (Wicklow 3K is on the next day Sunday)

    The Open Sea Committee hope to add an extra race on Saturday 6th September at Killiney Beach in addittion to the races already published in the printed Open Sea calendar.

    The purpose of the swim is to show support of sea swimmers for Pádraig Schäler and his family.    There will be no presentation or prizes and all entry fees received will go to the Caring for Pádraig fund.  

    For more information on the Caring for Pádraig fund.

    Open Sea Committee

    Announcements Perpetual Cups and Guardian’s Consent Forms

    Consent Forms Minors (Under 18 on 1 June 2014)

    Please find attached Parental Consent form. Please print, sign and bring to your first race in 2014.   Please ensure that Aoife Drumm gets the copy.

    Perpetual Cups 1st Place Men’s and Ladies’ Dublin City Liffey Swim and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race

    The Open Sea Committee will retain both the men’s and ladies’ 1st place perpetual cups both for the Harbour Race and for the Liffey Swim for safekeeping during the year.   The Open Sea Committee has received advise that it is unwise to loose custody of the cups for insurance and security reasons.   The Winners’ Cups are unique and they could not be replaced if they were lost, stolen or accidentally damaged.   The Open Sea Committee hope to obtain replica cups before the respective races, however we cannot guarantee this at this stage due to our very limited budget.

    The Open Sea Committee will require winners of other perpetual trophies to sign for them and specify where they are going to be held before ‘they may be taken from the presentation.   The Open Sea Committee reserve the right to retain for safekeeping any perpetual trophy or to request that a perpetual trophy is returned to the committee at any time during the year.

    Swimmers Competing First Time


    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.
    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

    Swimmers under 18 years of age must have a parental or Guardian consent form signed.

    Parent or Guardian Consent

    Open Sea Committee