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Six Irishmen to swim from Ireland to Scotland in January seas

Robert Besser
13 Jan 2022, 02:28 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland: Six Irish swimmers will attempt the North Channel swim from Ireland to Scotland, without wet suits, on Friday.

If the swimmers complete the swim in Scotland it will set a record, as the North Channel swim from Ireland to Scotland has never been done in winter.

The group, calling themselves the Walrus Swim Team, met during the pandemic when pools were closed, and decided they were looking for a challenge.

The team - whose members are Niamh McCarthy, Declan Bradshaw, Vincent Donegan, Ger Kennedy, Colm Morris and Dave Berry - will swim without wearing wet suits.

Each of the swimmers have significant experience in cold weather and have been planning the Ireland-Scotland swim since last summer.

The swimmers, all from Dublin, have been training at the Forty Foot, as well as off Killiney and Portrane.

The North Channel swim is called the most difficult of the ocean sea swims, which include the English Channel between England and France and the Cook Strait between North and South Islands in New Zealand.

The forecast calls for the water temperature to be from 8C to 9C and air temperatures from around 2C to 7C throughout the swim. The swim is expected to take 15 hours to complete.

The swim will begin from Donaghadee in Co Down to Portpatrick in Scotland and is being supervised by the Irish long distance swimming association.

The swim will be raising raising funds for the Gavin Glynn Foundation, which supports families fighting childhood cancer.

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