Awards

In celebration of achievements in open water regionally,  nationally and internationally in 2019 we invite proposals for: 

ILDSA 2019 Annual Award sponsors  

ILDSA 2019 Award nominees for the following: 

  • Junior newcomer of the year Male
  • Junior newcomer of the year Female 
  • Senior newcomer of the year Male
  • Senior newcomer of the year Female 
  • Ted Keenan Ulster open water swimmer of the year
  • Páraic Casey Munster open water swimmer of the year
  • Connaught open water swimmer of the year
  • Leinster open water swimmer of the year
  • Best organised open water swim 
  • Sheena Patterson Spirit of open water swimming award 
  • Margaret Smith Award
  • Open water performance of the year
  • Junior open water swimmer of the year Male 
  • Junior open water swimmer of the year Female 
  • Senior open water swimmer of the year Male 
  • Senior open water swimmer of the year Female 
  • Shane Moraghan Award for Best Overseas performance by an Irish open water / marathon swimmer 

Nominations should reach ILDSA by 1.12.2019 when the final selection will be made and available for public voting.

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Conditions were perfect, a lovely warm evening, no wind and a flat calm sea.
The swimmers started off from the slipway as usual around a triangular course marked out with large red buoys, four laps of which was 1200 metres.
All swimmers finished the course, watched over by the safety rib and crew.
Hot vegetable broth was provided by the sailing club followed by the prize giving and a few short 

 

Nadine Wallace

32:26
Colin Lindsay ( CSC Perpetual Cup ) 22:02
David Adams 33:40

 

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DalRiata Medal

 

The Dál Riata Channel Swim, previously known as the Mull of Kintyre Swim, is a newer and shorter 17 km (10.5-mile) channel swim and was pioneered by Wayne Soutter from Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland on 26 August 2012 in 12 hours 11 minutes. The first attempt having been made by Mercedes Gleitze in 1928.

 

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Solo skins swims have included Wayne Soutter from South Africa swiming Scotland to Ireland on the 26th August 2012 in a time of 12:11.00, followed by a successful crossing by Irish based swimmer, Sabrina Wiedmer from Switzerland.  Having swam Scotland ot Ireland on the 29th August 2016 in a time of 8:30.07.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The channel has also been completed by a number of skins/wetsuit relay teams including:

Relay Swims Skins

         

Date

Team

Persons

Origin

Direction

Time

14/06/16

Team Riptide

3

Ireland

Scotland to Ireland

07:44:21

Relay Swims Wetsuits

         

07/09/15

210′ South West

4

Ireland

Scotland to Ireland

07:33:16

22/07/18

One Day Wonders

4

UK

Scotland to Ireland

06:31:00


OneDayWonders

Cork open water swimmer, Ned Denison, has been creating a list of epic swims completed by Irish swimmers around the world. Have a look at them below.

English Channel Solo
English Channel Relay
Other Swims

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On the 5th September 2015, the Copeland Island swim was run in memory of Sheena Patterson, who was the first female to swim the race.

It was an important swim for me, for many reasons, my grandfather won this race in 1935, and my brother had swam it in 1998, and I paddled beside him in this swim. At that stage, I couldn't fathom why anyone would want to swim in water of that temperature, in the jellies and the tidal flow.

Since I have taken up sea swimming, I had wanted to swim this course, because of the temperature, the jellies and the tide. Sadly no-one had been organising the race in the last few years, but I had heard that Sheena was talking to the NC pilots about running the race last year, and I wanted in. Sadly Sheena didn't get to organise this race, but we swam it for her.