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 leinsteropenseacommittee@gmail.com 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 leinsteropenseacommittee@gmail.com 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 leinsteropenseacommittee@gmail.com .

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.

  • Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/leinsteropensea
  • Leinster Open Sea Website: www.leinsteropensea.ie
  • Email: leinsteropenseacommittee@gmail.com

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.

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 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

Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday 2nd August to Monday 4th August

The final three qualifying swims for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race are on this Bank Holiday Weekend

Guinness SC Cyril Duff Memorial Saturday 2 August Seapoint, Dun Laoghaire

  • Men’s Race 4.30pm
  • Ladies’ Race 5.30pm

Wicklow Open Sunday 3rd August 2014

  • Men’s Race 2.30pm
  • Ladies’ Race 3.15pm

Registration at The Murrough, which is the starting point. Limited parking available at the start, better parking available at the finish, Wicklow Harbour, New Pier.
Phoenix Cup Bank Holiday Monday 4th August Killiney Beach

  • Men’s Race 11.30am
  • Ladies’ Race 12.30pm

Please be advise that the Dun Laoghaire Road 10k is on the Bank Holiday Monday and there will be road closures in Dun Laoghaire on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Closing Date for Entries for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race

Bank Holiday Monday 4th August is the closing date for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race.    If you have not already posted your application form please ensure to hand it in at the weekend.

Stewards and Shore Observers for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race Sunday 10th August

If you are not competing in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race we would greatly appreciate assistance from swimmers who are prepared to give up a few hours of their time and volunteer as a steward or shore observer.  We are also looking for kayakers.  Please email leinsteropenseacommittee@gmail.com if you are interested. 


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://bogazici.olimpiyat.org.tr/sayfa_detay.aspx?id=29

Photos of the event can be found at http://bogazici.olimpiyat.org.tr/galeri.aspx

Dymphna Morris

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