January 2016 Update

By Kevin Williams , Club PRO

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Christmas Day Swim …………The Tralee Bay Swimming Club organised 64th annual Christmas Day Swim in Fenit was another great success . The weather was a bit damp and it put off a few spectators, but over 500 swimmers showed up for the dash n splash . The water temperature was measured at 8.9c , which is quite good for the time of year . It was great to see the 25 or so regular winter swimmers stick together for a longer swim afterwards . The event was again a fundraiser for RNLI Fenit Lifeboat and Mike OConnor , fundraiser , confirmed a good day of donations.
AGM ……The AGM took place last Thursday and was well attended with 38 members showing up . After the minutes were read the Chairman issued a short address thanking everyone for a very successful 2015 . The Treasurer followed and reported a healthy set of accounts again for the coming season . The PRO was next and I offered a sincere thank you to all of the local media who thankfully publish our notes and photos . I also reported on a few fundraising events for Pieta House and for Fenit Lifeboats . John Edwards , Safety Officer finished off the reports and thanked everyone for their help and co operation in running a very safe 2015 .
The election of officers was next and all current officers were re elected , unopposed .
President , PJ Costello …..Chairman , Michael Slattery ….Secretary , CathyFisher …….Treasurer , Denis Cronin …….Safety Officer , John Edwards and PRO , Kevin Williams .
Various Items were then discussed , and the main item on discussion was a timing system . It was decided not to purchase , but to tighten up the finish lines and purchase new swim hats instead .
Winter Swimming ……… Winter Swimming continued last Sunday as usual and a great turnout of 27 swimmers showed up . The wind was blowing force 5 with a bit of rain about but the sun was peeking out as we entered the water . The water temperature had risen a full 2c from last Sunday and was measured at 9.2c . This combined with a very warm 14c air temp , made for a great swim with a good roll in the water . Everyone stayed in for 10 to 15 minutes with a couple of die hards heading for the point and back . Teas , Coffees and Hot Chocolate and Cake were enjoyed by all afterwards . Come along and join us on Sunday’s as we build up to our Big Easter Draw .