2nd January 2019 at 2:13 pm #14070
So it’s that time of the year again when you are listing your resolutions and busy planning your race schedule.
With that in mind, the below are some popular events which our members have taken part in and may fit into your training plan. The dates included are provisional dates and in some instances the race dates are still to be confirmed. Obviously, these may be subject to change etc. In some cases, the races are organised by Swim Ireland and/or Leinster Open Sea and are therefore subject to strict entry requirements. Links have been included to provide further information where available.
13 – Howth Aquathon Series (1) (see: http://howthaquathon.com/joomla/)
26 – Triathlon Ireland National Aquabike Championships (Lough Cutra) (Middle Distance)
10 – Howth Aquathon Series (2)
15 – Lough Key Swim (750 m / 1.5km) (see link from 2018 for further info: http://www.openwaterswimmer.ie/index.php/events/lough-key-2014)
15 – Boyne Swim (2.7km downstream) (see link from 2018 for further info: http://boyneswim.ie/)
16 – Triathlon Ireland National Aquathlon Championship (Pulse Wall) (Sprint Distance)
TBC -Escape Ireland
8 – Howth Aquathon Series (3)
13 – Lee Swim (2km) (No wetsuits) (see link from 2018 for further info: http://leeswim.ie/)
3 – Liffey Swim (2.2km) (see: http://www.leinsteropensea.ie/liffey-swim/) (No wetsuits or swim jammers)
TBC: Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race (2.2 km) (See link for requirements: http://www.leinsteropensea.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Leinster-Swimmers-88th-Dún-Laoghaire-Harbour-Race.pdf)
(Swim Ireland Club members – must have competed in six qualifying races)
TBC: Lough Dan (2.5km / 5km / 10 km) (See link for requirements: http://www.leinsteropensea.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Lough-Dan-Races.pdf)
(Swim Ireland Special Membership applies)
7-8: Glendalough Swim (3.9km / 1.5km / 750m) (see link from 2018 for further info: http://openwaterswimmer.ie/index.php/events/glendalough)
12: Gaelforce Killary Fjord (3.9km / 2km / 750m) (see link: https://gaelforceevents.com/en/the-great-fjord-swim)
Triathlon Ireland – Swim Ireland Membership
When renewing your membership, you will have the option of also selecting Swim Ireland membership. By selecting this option you avail of a form of membership with Swim Ireland titled ‘Special Membership’. This is usually €25 with Swim Ireland, but Triathlon Ireland (in conjunction with Swim Ireland) appear to be offering it at a discounted price of €15 for club members when you purchase the joint TI Race Licence and Swim Ireland Licence (€80).
For more information on what Special Membership entails, please see the following link:
In short, Swim Ireland and Leinster Open Sea work in partnership to provide a very limited number of open sea races each summer. A list of races available to Special Members will be made available in April/May this year. Please note that as a Special Member of Swim Ireland, this does not entitle you to race in every Swim Ireland and/or Leinster Open Sea event. In most cases, you will have to be a member of a Swim Ireland sanctioned club. See link for further information on finding a swimming club near you:
Leinster Open Seas
Leinster Open Seas are a not for profit organisation working with swimming clubs to establish a summer season of open sea races in a variety of locations along the Leinster. In order to partake in the open sea races, there are strict requirements (as listed in the link below), which includes that you are a registered member of a Swim Ireland swimming club (not a Special Member). Last year over 30 ows races were organised by Leinster Open Seas.
There are plenty of people in the club with a vast amount of experience and knowledge about the above, so do not hesitate to reach out.
Happy swimming. Remember – safety is paramount.
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