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Drogheda’s Boyne Swim Is Back

The Boyne Swim will once again headline the Irish Maritime Festival taking place in Drogheda Port this summer.

200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route.

Ray Donagh of Drogheda Triathlon Club is one of the Boyne Swim organisers. He explains: "The Boyne Swim takes place at 12.50pm on Saturday 10th June. The first swimmers will pass by the Tall Ships of the Irish Maritime Festival about 25 minutes later with the first swimmer crossing the finish line by 1.25pm."

Two summer swim events launched this week

Donegal is the place to test yourself—to push your limits, or to try something new. Gartan Open Water Swimmers have added a new string to Donegal’s bow in recent years—alongside events like WAAR, the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra, or The Race. Two years ago they launched the inaugural Gartan Swim Challenge, and last year they added the Sheephaven Bay Swim.

“Donegal has everything for those who want to push themselves—hills, mountains, loughs and sea.” Mark Loughridge said at the launch of this year’s swims on Friday evening. “We’ve got everything here, and these swim events provide people with a chance to try something different, to push themselves to new limits, and to discover Donegal.”

Out in the open: Daring swimmers tackle west coast waters

From icy lochs to cool dark seas brave swimmers are fighting childhood cancer.

In the freezing, fast-flowing waters of the Sound of Mull dozens of intrepid swimmers begin the challenging route towards the mainland.

A tough journey almost 3km in length, people of all ages and abilities take to the water, some wrapped up against the elements in wetsuits and others braving the cold in swimsuits and shorts, all marked with fluorescent orange floats.

Tackling the strong waves, they are rewarded with a view of stunning snow capped mountains against vivid blue skies, and the chance to see nature at play, from common porpoises and bottlenose dolphins to curious grey seals.

Great East Swim team making a splash for charity at Alton Water say sport ‘transformed their lives’

A team of Suffolk fundraisers taking the plunge for charity at this year’s Great East Swim have revealed how swimming changed their lives.

With just over a month to go until the county’s largest open water swimming event, four participants shared their stories about how the sport has transformed them – both mentally and physically.

Andrew Wright, from Ipswich, has taken on the Great East Swim four times after he underwent life changing heart surgery that left him feeling like a new man.

Open Water Swim For Dunmore East Lifeboat This Month

his year’s Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim sponsored by Activate and Lidl will take place on Saturday 20 May.

Entry is €25 for any of three swims over distances of 1600m, 800m and a junior swim of 500m, starting at 12.30pm from the slip behind Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East.

At border's edge, open-water marathoners swim for migrant aid

A dozen elite swimmers from five countries will dive into the waters off San Diego, California on Friday. Ten kilometers later, they'll come ashore in Tijuana, Mexico, raising funds for families whose loved ones disappear along the migrant trail.

Leticia Orozco and Manuel Aguirre are leaning against a fence, listening as their granddaughter recounts her latest swimming accomplishment. She’s ten years old on this sunny Saturday afternoon, and despite her proud smile that beckons a congratulatory hug, she and her grandparents don’t move any closer. The giant, rust-colored slates of the US-Mexico border wall stand between them.

Swim the Arctic Circle 2017, Juoksengi in Sweden and Juoksenki in Finland

Date: 
Saturday, 15 July, 2017 (All day)

A unique swimming competition! http://swimac.eu/en/

Come and cross borders in the open-water swimming competition in the Torne river.
You will not only swim across the border between Sweden and Finland, but also across the Arctic Circle and the time zone.
Feel welcome to come and cross your own personal borders too.

Swanley mother and daughter win free places in iconic Thames Open Water Swim

A mother and daughter from Swanley have won a national competition, in conjunction with This Girl Can, to swim a mile in the Thames at The Henley Mile, an open water swimming event to be held on a beautiful stretch of the river in Oxfordshire on 9th July 2017.

Jacquie Yeoman (47) from Swanley entered the competition as a challenge, after she and her daughter Megan (15) had started swimming regularly together to relieve the pressures of work and GCSEs. Although she only entered herself, Henley Swim - the organisers of the competition extended the offer of a place to her daughter as well, and were delighted when Megan agreed to take it up.

Racers Elite take the water

PRESS RELEASE – From April 6th – 10th, the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre hosted the 18th Annual RHAC Invitational Swim Meet. All of the local clubs came out in full force to represent in this regional contest.

Racers Elite Swim Club participated with a total of 30 swimmers, many of which are seasoned swimmers and well known names.

With a total of 8 new swimmers, Racers placed 7th out of the 25 regional teams that participated. Earning a total of 331 points the team, who’s home to Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre, also earned 23 medals. Gaining 8 golds, 9 silver, and 6 bronze Racers Elite couldn’t be more proud.

The team had it stars, while recognizing the need for further technical development. In the 9-10 boys, Therron Herelle tied for 3rd in that age group with Jayson Sandy from Black Sands Swim Squad (St Vincent). Therron also set a new meet record in the 200M Back!

Brandon Eugene also was in the top 10 for the same age group. The 11-12 girls saw Jorja Mederick rank 8th out of 23 girls.

Likewise, the boys had Shaquil Flavius place 8th and Kenai D’Auvegne place 9th for the 11-12 age group. Omar Alexander with a whopping 69 points, was the champion for the 15 & Over males out of 23 contenders. Besides setting 2 meet records in the 50M Freestyle and 50 M Butterfly, Omar won the Sprint Challenge .

But this wasn’t it for Racers Elite Swim Club.

On Monday, April 10th, RHAC Invitational hosted it’s 1st Annual Open Water swim meet with the support of St Lucia Yacht Club at Reduit Beach. Racers didn’t go without representation. Jorja Mederick, Brandon Eugene, Kenai D’Auvegne and Felix Frederick all represented the club in the 1K Open Water event.

The small group represented well by completing the 1K in between 19 mins and 22 mins.

Satisfied with their times, Dr. Diane Worrell, Head Coach of Racers Elite, stated during the club’s medal and ribbon presentation those who participated in the Open Water should feel accomplished as they don’t train specifically for this type of swimming.

Going forward, Racers Elite look to continue growth and development in technical skills to increase their exposure in both local and regional meets.

The 14th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim, A Major Fundraiser For NPS, Set For May 28

Date: 
Sunday, 28 May, 2017 (All day)

ST. JOHN — Imagine the Caribbean sun, azure water, white sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs that await competitors as they swim through the pristine Virgin Islands National Park Service (NPS) waters. Described by Swimming World Magazine as “the most beautiful open water swim in the world”, the Beach-to-Beach Power Swim — set for May 28 on St. John, according to a release NPS issued Monday — was recently ranked in the top 20 on two reputable open water swimming websites.

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