A Historical Landmark: 2014 Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim

A Historical Landmark: 2014 Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

At the 100th anniversary of the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim, reportedly registered over 500 participants who took to the waters in the centre of Cork, Ireland. With the water in the lower ranges towards 13ºC, the centennial swim offered the typical edginess of tough Irish swims.

The world-famous 2 km swim asks its participants to swim 1,700m downstream and then tackle 300m upstream course direction in the Lee River. The event is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and was originally held in 1914.

Most swimmers compete for age group prizes (under 20, 20-24, 25-29…up to 80-84) while others raise money for local charities in front of huge crowds. Following the swim a very social atmosphere continues on the boardwalk outside the Clarion Hotel and various festivities well into the night.

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Steven Munatones