ON A fantastic occasion, hundreds showed up in west Cork for the Sherkin Island to Baltimore swim.
West Cork operates to its own climate and it was a wonderful day for the swim, on September 30 last.
As it’s in its 20th year, there was a full wet weekend of activities, led by Steven Black and his organising committee.
The previous night swimmers had an enjoyable swim at Lough Hyne, where 100 took to the water, and they also had a day swim at the same venue on Sunday, although the rain had swept in by then.
The main event, the Sherkin Island to Baltimore swim, was a tremendous success, with a record 230 signing up to take part.
After a briefing some 200 took on the 2km challenge, many seeking to beat their personal best, and for others it was a personal challenge to undertake this open water challenge for the first time.
Having entered the water at the slipway on Sherkin Island, they emerged with smiling faces at Baltimore.
They achieved great times considering the challenging tide and current, and the swim was an enjoyable and memorable event.
And the good memories continued to flow later that night as the social side of the event proved highly enjoyable in Bushes of Baltimore.
The Wild Atlantic Pool Committee thanked all who participated, as the funds raised go to the community-owned Wild Atlantic Pool in Baltimore, a valued resource for locals and visitors alike.