*** Cheque Presentation (above) ***
Well done to the 20 swimmers who swam from the Little Saltee (Saltee Islands) to Kilmore Quay on the afternoon of Sunday, 4th August 2013. The swimmers were: Denise, Tony, Sandra, Amanda, PJ, Richie, Saskia, Colin, Peter, James, Enda, Maeve, Dave, Cecile, Hans, Heike, Joan, Neal, Paul and Eamonn.
Colman and Pat did part of the swim.
(Pat did the full swim later on in the month (26th Aug)).
We were very very lucky with the weather considering it was blustery the day before. Visibility also was not a problem with the day gradually getting brighter and clearer.
About 12:15 p.m., the group of swimmers gathered by the pier for some photos for the Wexford newspapers. The swimmers were then split up into different boats and the boats, with the kayakers and kayaks on board, ferried the swimmers to the Little Saltee Island. We had a staggered start, with a total gap of about 25 mins between the first boat and the last boat. The swimmers clustered together into six separate groups and were guided back to Kilmore Quay by 1 or 2 kayaks with the safety boats trailing behind.
Group 1 - Heike Coners, Joan Kelly, Amanda Bridges
Group 2 - Denise Underwood, Tony Brazil, Sandra Goldsmith,
Group 3 - Colin Wilson, Peter Bolger, James O'Connor,
Group 4 - PJ Sinnott, Richie Bridges, Saskia Dodebier,
Group 5 - David Carley, Cecile Lambert, Enda Sinnott(skins), Maeve Carey (skins)
Group 6 - Neal O'Grady, Paul Fallon, Eamonn Colfer (skins), Hans Gosen
The water had a gentle wave that did not hamper swimming and it was a matter of putting the head down and swimming approx. 4 km back to land. The average swim time was about 1 hr 15 mins.
A big THANK YOU to Pat and Heike for organising the swim, to the RNLI, Slaney Search & Rescue, the other boats, crew, kayakers and our land-support team. Without your support, the swim would not have been possible.
Thank you also to all the people who lined the pier walls and the beach and cheered us in welcoming us back to land. It was great to have that energy and celebration after the hour plus of swimming.
Thanks also to the ladies at the RNLI station who kindly gave the swimmers tea, coffee and sandwiches afterwards.
The swim was completed to raise funds for the hard-working, dedicated RNLI. Thank you to all the swimmers for raising the sponsorship which goes 100% to the RNLI. If anybody wishes to donate to the RNLI, please check out their website here.
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Fri, 30th Aug: Presentation of €2,700 to the Kilmore Quay RNLI. Well done to the swimmers for raising such a great amount & doing the 4 km swim from the Saltees on the 4th Aug. Thanks to the RNLI, other boatsmen, crew, kayakers and land support.