Ní fhuil aithne agam ar aon ghluais téarmaí snámha sa Ghaelainn. Tá an-chuid scríobhtha i mBéarla agus i dteangacha eile ag daoine ar nós Steven Munatones agus leithéid. Dá bharr san, do bheartaíos féin ar roinnt téarmaí a bhaineann leis an snámh fén aer a chur le chéile ins an mblagphost so. Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge tar éis tosaithe Dé Luain seo agus is iorúnach an tseachtain é seo chun an blagphost so a sheoladh.
amharclínebain (gu: amharclíne, ai: amarclínte, gi: amharclínte) line of sight
Ní rud cuimsitheach é an ghluais seo ar aon chor – tá sé ar intinn agam ceann abhfad níos cuimsithí a chur i gcló am éigin sa todhchaí. Tá súil agam go méadóidh pobal Gaelainne an tsnámha amach anso agus go gcuirfear achmhainní agus eachtraí fiú ar fáil as Gaeluinn!
In July and August of last year, I did three long swims down the River Blackwater: 18.6 km from Fermoy to Ballyduff, 15.0 km from Ballyduff to Cappoquin and 26.4 km from Cappoquin to Youghal. In late August or early September of this year, I hope to swim each of these in one go, i.e. to swim from Fermoy Rowing Club to Front Strand, Youghal. Given similar river and tidal conditions to last year’s swims, I should complete this 60 km swim in about 12 hours. There is a question, however…
The second half of this swim is quite straightforward – one can swim unimpeded from the tidal limit (just below Lismore) to the sea at Youghal. However, the first half of the swim is not so straightforward – at both Fermoy and Clondulane, there are weirs which must be crossed, and at various other points there are rapids where a swimmer might have to stand up and walk for a while. This raises two issues if the swim is to be ratified:
Can a swimmer walk across weirs and rapids without the swim being declared invalid as a “marathon” swim? This is a complicated question because all of the established marathon swims have their own rules. Before I attempt this swim, I will have to come up with a set of solid rules that outline how a swimmer can cross these obstacles without the swim becoming invalid.
How should the swim be supported (in terms of safety and feeding) and how should it be observed? Only kayaks/canoes would be suitable for the first part, while only a decent sized boat would be suitable for the second half. How can the observe carry out their duties properly from a kayak/canoe and how can they transfer to the boat at the half-way point? Would two observers be better?
Getting ready to slide down the western end of Clondulane Weir!
I’ve already had some good feedback from Donal Buckley, Conor Power, Niek Kloots, and Steven Munatones on these issues. If you have any ideas or opinions on the above questions please do get in contact with me – it would be very much appreciated!
Yesterday, Ned Denison became only the fifth person ever to complete the 35 km swim across False Bay, South Africa. You can read most of the details of the swim in my “as it happened” account of the swim (linked below) from yesterday. Also, Steven Munatones wrote a great article “Ned Denison Faces the Truth in False Bay” on his Daily News of Open Water Swimming blog. In this article, Ned explains how the swim became unexpectedly tough in the last few kilometres…