By Kevin Williams
Blennerville to Fenit Swim …… The swim took place on Saturday last . The weather gods were good to the large group who gathered at The Lock Gates in Blennerville for the start . Scattered clouds and sunshine with a slight chill in the air . The wind was 12 knots from the North which meant the bay was sheltered for the 8km swim in aid Of Fenit Lifeboat . This swim was originally pioneered by one of the club founders Gerald Walsh in the mid 1970s . All the swimmers and crew were informed of Gerald’s achievements and then of the passing of his wife , Cecilia , who’s funeral was taking place that morning. Most were familiar with her and her presence in presenting the prizes and trophy at The Gerald Walsh Memorial Swim every year . A moments silence was then respected for Mrs Walsh . The safety briefing was concluded and thanks to the diligent work of Cathy Fisher in recruiting Kayakers we were able to appoint each swimmer with a kayak . There were 22 swimmers in total with 9 of these taking on the challenge for the first time . 2 vistors from Askeaton were also present . As the swim got under way , the sky brightened more , making it a perfect day for swimming . The 4.0 metre tide was helping the swimmers down the bay but not quite as fast as usual . The fastest swimmer was 1h45m and the final 4 home were just over 2h30m . A delicious BBQ was ready and waiting for everyone at the finish and could be smelled a mile up the bay , spurring on the swimmers . Thanks to all the volunteers who Helped with the BBQ , kayaked , did boat safety cover , ferried people for their cars and timed the swimmers .
Condolences ….. The club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to The family and friends of the late Cecilia Walsh who passed away last week . Rest in Peace .
The Gerald Walsh Memorial Swim . … Round 8 and the final round of our World Series od Swims takes place this coming Sunday at 4.00pm from the bathing slip . Gerald Walsh was a founder member of Tralee Bay Swimming Club in the 1950s . The swimmer of the year as well as All of the group winners and runners up will be decided at this swim . The points table is extremely tight at the top with 5 swimmers capable of winning The Swimmer of The Year . The swim will be followed by a BBQ as usual and NO results will be revealed on the day with all group prizes and The Gerald Walsh Cup being presented at The Club Prizegiving .
Club Night Out and Prizegiving ……….This takes place on Saturday The 26th at The Meadowlands Hotel . The results of Round 8 will be revealed along with final points table for Swimmer of The Year . The rules are also clear in the event of a tie it will come down to most wins , most seconds etc .until a winner is decided . Prizes on the night will be group for Round 8 , The Gerald Walsh Perpetual Trophy , The Swimmer of The Year , 1st , 2nd and 3rd in each group , the Winter Swimmer of The Year and The best newcomer . A sit down meal and live music with Beautiful Noise to keep everyone dancing into the night . Tickets are 35 euro and available from all committee members . Please come along for a great night out