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New Season 2017

imageThe 2017 season gets under way on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30 pm .

It will be a short c600m swim from The Slip .  The Volunteer list will go up shortly on The Facebook Group page so , please don’t be shy !  We will have a membership night on Tuesday 16th May in The Meadowlands Hotel from 6pm to 8pm . Membership remains the same at 50 euro plus 20 for each additional family member  . Plus 5 euro for a new cap .

July Update


By Kevin Williams
With our weather patterns similar to last year , it has been playing havoc with our swim schedule and resulted in three postponements . With a short break in the weather last week it was decided to run off 2 events .
First up was The Donald Walsh Memorial Swim and BBQ on Tuesday evening sponsored by Dominic Walsh Photography . 2 perpetual trophies were up for grabs . A warm balmy evening with flat calm seas made for some great confident racing amongst the 76 participants . While the competition was great in all 3 groups ., the usual fight for places in Grp A made for some great spectating . The BBQ was fired up by the catering volunteers and the delicious smells wafting across the bay no doubt spurned on some of the swimmers ! The results were out very quickly and group winners were announced . Grp C Leanne McCarthy , Paudie McQuinn and Bridget Moore . Grp B Sandra Byrne , Mairead Fox and Maura Hayes . Grp A Rose Browne , Martin ORegan and Stephen Reidy . Winner of The Donald Walsh Perpetual Shield for fastest time was Michael OConnell and winner of The Donald Walsh Memorial Trophy was Sandra Byrne . Congratulations to all of the winners and a big thanks to the volunteers .
The Brendan OCallaghan Cup was up next on Thursday eve with very different weather ! Wind , rain and choppy seas greeted the swimmers to the slip . The course was the same 1500 m course as Tuesday night . It certainly made for some great racing but this time the more experienced swimmers who are used to poor conditions came through to the top . The Brendan OCallaghan Cup is the oldest in the club and dates back to c 1952 . This cup was presented yearly to the winner of a race from the slip to the pier and was known as the Pier Cup . Very few swimmers were capable of this swim at the time and it was a huge accolade to win it . The last winner of the cup was Brendan OCallghan in 1958 . Brendan arrived to one of our swims in 2007 and re donated the cup to the club and has since been called The Brendan OCallaghan Cup . Some ragged swimmers emerged from the water and the times were quickly calculated and handicaps applied . Winners Grp A Neil Fitzgibbon , Cillian Tierney , Stephen Reidy , Grp B John OSullivan , Mags OSullivan , Sandra Byrne and Grp C Nicola Moore , John Quilter and Jackle Rutledge . Winner of The Brendan OCallaghan Cup was Nicola Moore .

Swimmer of The Year . …..with 3 races left we are into the serious side of The World Series competition. Leading on 14 points is Sandra Byrne with Elaine Burrows Dillane and Sinead Kelliher closely behind on 12 points . Chasing the pack is a currently, very in form , Stephen Reidy . There are still over 26 swimmers capable of gaining enough points to win though so it looks like it may come down to a handful of swimmers in the final race .

Next up is The Lighthouse Swim and BBQ on The 4 Th August . See you all there !

May News


Safety ……..With our current spell of fine weather , many of you are taking to our beaches and rivers for the first time this year . We would like to ask all of you to be very mindful of water temperatures and currents . Please be sensible and stay safe !
Church Gate Collection …..We would like to thank everyone who helped out with The Church Gate Collection last weekend and everyone who donated . All of the swimmers that helped out will receive one valuable point towards The World Series competition .
Swim …….The Hugh Culloty Expert sponsored Round 1 of The World Series took place last Wednesday evening . A beautiful ,warm ,sunny and calm evening greeted the swimmers to Fenit . A flat calm sea made for Idyllic conditions . An incredible 98 swimmers turned up for the race . There were various reports of distance between 620m to 780m but we can put this down to a lot of swimmers not having an ideal line . We are calling it 650m Still a short sprint for the first night . We started off with the new Group E for beginners and 4 swimmers headed off for the first buoy and back with all making it back safely . Congrats and well done ! Group C and D went off next and this was the biggest group because of the amount of new comers in Group D . Group B followed 3 minutes later and the sprinters of Group A , 3 minutes later again . It was incredible to watch as 98 orange caps battled for positions all over the course . There was a bit of a delay at the finish as we introduced a new finish system but this will be sorted for Round 2 . Cillian Tierney was fastest on the night by almost 2 minutes . There’s no stopping this young man ! After handicaps were applied Group winners are as follows . group A ,1st David Smith , 2nd Cillian Tierney 3rd Alan Murphy .
Group B 1st Antoinette Boyd 2nd Dominic Rollo Walker 3rd Fiona Leahy and Group C ,
1st Suzanne OSullivan 2nd Eileen Nagle 3rd Morna OHalloran . Well done all ! Thanks to John Edwards and The Kayakers for safety cover and thanks to the timers and everyone else that helped out . Round 2 of The World Series will Take place on Weds 8th June from the bathing slip at 7.30 . Distance c 1000 metres . This round is The Waterworld , Rock St , Tralee sponsored Paddy OSullivan Cup Swim . Paddy was one the founding members of the club . Prizes for Round 1 will be awarded before the swim . We would ask that you kindly stay around after the swim for Round 2 awards . All prizes not collected will be forfeited to next on the list .,


Latest Updates May 2016


Darkness into Light Swim …….51 brave swimmers showed up in Fenit at 4 am Saturday morning to help raise funds for Pieta House .  All swimmers had been briefed before hand and arrived ready to go at 4.15 am . Complete with 2 glow sticks each it made for a spectacular sight as they entered the cold water in pitch blackness and proceeded to swim the length of the shore and back . With help from Wild Water Adventures , safety kayaks . Fenit RNLI and The Gardai . , The swim went off without a hitch and will certainly remain in the memory for a long time to come .

Club Membership …… Club Membership is now due . It is 55 euro for a competitive swimmer or 20 euro for standard membership . We will have a registration night on Tuesday 10th May from 5.30 to 7 . Alternatively you can call into Graham in Surf n Sail .
With less than 3 weeks to go to the first swim in The World Series we hope that you are all enjoying getting acclimatised to the sea . The first race will be a nice short 500 metres . A few things for you to know first .
May 28th and 29th are the club flag days and we need everyone on board to help out . As always there is 1 VALUABLE point for everyone who helps out . This point has come into play more than once when Deciding Swimmer of The Year .
Again , the same as last year , everybody taking part in The World Series is required to give one night to Club Duty . I will have the list at registration night in The Meadowlands . In the meantime you can email me your preference .
New swimmers to the club will swim in Group D twice until they set a handicap time .
There will be a new group this year “E” . This is for beginner or nervous swimmers or if you just want to take part . This group will swim to the first buoy and back only . There will be a prize for this Group at the end of the year and it will be based on participation and enjoyment .
New Club Hats will be given at registration and they Must be worn at all club swims .
Another change this year will be The Finish . There will be NO numbered hats this year . You MUST finish at a designated area . You will then exit the water in order of touch finish and give your name to the timekeeper . The designated finish area will be c1 metre wide and anyone who finishes outside this area will not receive a time and will get a DQ .. This is in order to streamline the finish .


March Updates

imageSt Patrick’s Day Swim ………The traditional start to the 2016 Swimming Season took place on St Patrick’s Morning . 16 swimmers showed up for the opener and all had a great swim . The water temp was 8.5c and Air temp was 8c , but a bitter cold wind made it feel more like 2c ! Late Starters will get the chance to join the fun on Easter Sunday at 11 am in Fenit . Everyone is welcome . Now is the time to start getting used to the sea again as the race evenings are approaching quickly . Membership details for 2016 will be announced shortly .

Winter Swimming…….. The Winter Swims came to and end last Sunday for this year . It was a very successful season with an average of 25 swimmers every Sunday and up as far as 40 swimmers one Sunday . The popularity of cold water swimming is growing globally and we hope to see more of you join in for next year . It’s also a great social morning with raffles for Christmas and Easter goodies . There are 10 swimmers now in the running for the esteemed title of Winter Swimmer of The Year . The winner will be announced at our awards night in September . The criteria to win is based on attendance , distance / time in the water , baked goods and best shivering ! Good luck to all ! We also held our Easter Raffle last Sunday where there were some lovely hampers up for grabs . Winners were Noel Ryan and John Fox . There were loads of other goodies and plenty of Easter eggs for the kids .


February News

By Kevin Williams


Winter Swimming … The Winter Swims have proven to be very successful this year with no less than 8 swimmers currently in the running for Winter Swimmer of the Year . The weather has been atrocious for all but a couple of swims but the temps have remained well above average with the lowest water temperature recorded 3 weeks ago at 5.9c . Last Sunday the temp was 8.8c and we would expect to see it continuing to rise as Easter approaches . Well done to the 30 or so swimmers who continue to make these swims fun and successful . We will finish this years Winter Swimming on the 20th March , with The Easter Raffle .

2016 Season Swimming ……..The 2016 season kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day and Late starters can join us on Easter Sunday . The first race will be on May 24th . Our tide tables will be ready next week and just a reminder that membership is now due .. We are looking forward to a very busy season . The membership this year will be 55 euro for a competitive swimmer or 75 euro for a family of two . This includes a new club hat (which must be worn for all races ) , 8 timed races and entry to Swimmer of the Year and 4 bbq’s . Non competitor membership remains at 20 euro .
New to the list this year will be a Cross the Bay Challenge for Club Members from Derrymore to Fenit . We will also have a new group in the races to cater for new or nervous swimmers and complete beginners . This group will swim to the first buoy and back only .
Of course Blennerville to Fenit Swim will take place as well and there are some exciting new changes to this swim . Stay tuned ! In the meantime , set your goals and get training ! The Cross Bay Challenge will be c3 miles .

Kayak training  will take place again this year with John Edwards and we ask that you only register if you Havnt done the course already . There is a charge of 10 euro a head . You will have to have done this course to do Kayak support on Club Duty .  Dates to be announced
Darkness into Light Swim ……. This swim will take place at 4.15 am on May 7th . It is open to all proven open water swimmers but requires prior approval from me , Kevin , or John Edwards . The swim is aid of Pieta House and a Minimum donation of 20 euro is suggested .

Coming Soon !


Club T Shirts will be available shortly !

January 2016 Update

By Kevin Williams , Club PRO


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 .

Christmas Day Swim Launch

Tralee Bay Swimming Club are proud to announce details of The 64th Annual Christmas Day Swim in Fenit . Once again the collection will be in aid of RNLI Fenit Lifeboats . The swim will take place at 12 noon. The swim will begin with The traditional singing of Jingle Bells and then Santa will sound the bell for for the first of 3 dashes into the water . The Fenit Christmas swim is one of the oldest in the country and is the largest in Kerry . There will be c 800 swimmers on the day with c2000 family members cheering them on . It’s a great start to the festivities for the day , so come along and enjoy the fun. The Lifeboat crews will be there collecting and will have loads of hot teas , coffees and soup available so please give generously . They will also be in the water for your safety . We would ask that you arrive early and park sensibly . Parking will be at a premium and you may have to walk a small bit . Please follow these safety guidelines
1) Arrive in plenty of time
2) Wear your swimwear under your clothes .
3) Stay dressed and warm until the last minute .
4) It is advisable to wear footwear to avoid cutting your feet on any stones .
5) Do NOT dive directly into the water . Wet your face first and gradually lower yourself in .
6) When the swim is over , get dried off and put on layers of warm clothes and a hat as quickly as possible and get a hot drink of tea , coffee , chocolate or soup .
7) Avoid alcohol completely before the swim and afterwards for at least a half an hour until you are warm . Alcohol will interfere with the warming up process and can react badly to cold shock .
8) Have a GREAT time and enjoy the atmosphere and craic !

By Kevin Williams

Photo Courtesy of Dominic Walsh


Sent from my iPad

Storm Clodagh


As Clodagh battered us Sunday morning with 100kmh winds , our Turkey Swim was officially cancelled……….However ! 14 die hards sneaked out to Fenit for a “Look” and all ended up in the windy , choppy sea for a swim ! As Declan put it , it was the best cancelled swim of the year ! Air temp 12c Water temp 10.2c and wind gusting 100k plus . Thanks to Dominic Walsh for the great photo . Also available on Page 8 of The Star 30/11.

Winter Swimming

imageBy Kevin Williams
Winter Swimming …. Round 5 of The Turkey Series continued last Sunday in , again , very poor conditions . Gale force winds and lashing rain greeted the swimmers to Fenit . However it did not deter them as 23 swimmers showed up for the weekly swim . There was no delay as all of the swimmers jumped in to the cold water and ploughed through the waves to the point and back . Amazing to see as it is the first year of Winter Swimming for many of the swimmers , but all of them swimming in the cold , without wetsuits , like professionals !
The air temp was 13.4c and the water temp was 11.7c . While still very cold , these temps are unseasonably warm for November with the water temp almost 3c above normal . And of course , there was plenty of hot drinks and chocolate cake to warm up with afterwards .
At this point we are Halfway through the Turkey Series and the goodies are gathering and The turkeys are getting daily deep tissue massages, So far there are 38 swimmers in the raffle . Each swimmer will receive 1 ticket for each Sunday taking part . There has been 104 individual swims over the 5 weeks so far .rumour has it that Santa Claus will be there to draw the winning tickets on Sunday 20th December after the swim . You MUST be there to be eligible for prizes and only 1 prize per person . There will be a top prize ( or 2 ) of a Fresh Free Range Turkey and Ham ( Voucher ) .2nd will be for A Fresh Free Range Turkey ( or 3 ! ) . 3rd will be for a selection of Wine and Chocolate and plenty of runner up prizes of Chocolates ! The 13th December will be the last day to register a swim . Come along and join us every Sunday at 11 and enjoy the craic and safety of swimming in numbers .