Date for your Diary……. The Tralee Bay Swimming Club AGM will take place on Thursday 21st January 2016 . We would request all of our club members to attend , and don’t worry ! You will Not be asked to do a job unless you want to ! All of the current committee are happy to stay on in their current positions for 2016 . It’s always good , however , to freshen things up so if you think you have something to offer, the club would be happy to hear from you . In any case please come along with any feedback or suggestions on Improvements for 2016 .
Winter Swimming …. The popularity of The Winter Swims can not be understated with great groups now gathering in Fenit every Sunday . Traditionally The Winter Swimming is non wetsuit And Country wide Winter Swimming has taken on a new dimension . Every swimming county now has its own winter swimming group and there is the Irish Ice Swimming Championships at the end of January 2016 with distances of between 25m up to 1km . There is also an Ice Mile invitational in Lough Dan in Co.Wicklow in February . Our own Winter Swimming continues every Sunday up until Christmas with The Turkey Series . Everyone has a dip or a swim with plenty of hot drinks and goodies for after and then if they wish to enter the raffle , it’s 2 euros in The kitty and register your name . 2 weeks before Christmas the draw will take place for Turkeys and Hams , Wines and Chocolates galore !
Round 1 had 15 swimmers in great conditions for swimming , Round 2 had 23 swimmers in better conditions and Round 3 had 29 swimmers taking part in Mediterranean conditions !
Round 4 took place last Sunday in Wet , Windy and Wild conditions and a very small group was expected but by 11 o’clock 21 swimmers had gathered to brave the wild conditions with even a few newcomers yet again . As many of the swimmers become acclimatised to the cold water , a large group headed off from the beach to the point and back with Bob Fitzsimons headed to the slip and back . More just enjoyed playing in the waves , but everyone was smiling ! The water temperature remains unseasonably high with Sunday measured at 11.9c , an increase on last week . This is approx 2c above normal for November . If you wish to take part , we meet every Sunday At 11 in Fenit . You have the safety of a large group and plenty of hot drinks for after as well as a bit of craic . There is no pressure to do distance . Just dip your feet in or have a longer swim . Our youngest swimmer to date is 8 year old Kate FitzSimons and our oldest is David Slattery at 82 ! See you there !