Escape From Spike Island Via The Open Water

Escape From Spike Island Via The Open Water

While Americans have their Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, Irish swimmers have Spike Island (Irish: Inis Píc) in Cobh Harbour, Ireland. Both once well-guarded prisons with infamous inmates, the sites are now also known for challenging cold-water swims with tricky currents where convicts have given way to open water traditionalists and wetsuit-clad swimmers.

Markus Rössel, a Daily News correspondent, reported on the recent Escape from Spike Island, a 2K swim between the mainland and the island. “It was glorious weather and an even better swim,” said Niall O Crualaoich.

Ellen O’Brien won the non-wetsuit division in 26:13 while Brian O’Shea won the wetsuit division in 24:34.

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