Ger Kennedy Swims Away From The Light(house)

Ger Kennedy Swims Away From The Light(house)

Ice Sevens swimmer Ger Kennedy swam from the Kish Lighthouse to Bray, a coastal town in north County Wicklow, Ireland, about 20 km south of Dublin city centre on the east coast.

Photos courtesy of @andrew henney

Kennedy explains his swim, “The route was 15 km from the Kish Lighthouse to Bray in 11.9°C. Due to rough sea conditions and crew losing sight of me in the wave troughs, we stopped at 11 km after 3 hours 5 minutes. The route has never been completed by anyone.

Endurance swimmers have a fascination with swimming from or to lighthouses. This year, I have done lighthouse swims from Baily Lighthouse, Kish Lighthouse, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Rathlin Island East & West Lighthouse, Rue Point, Fenit Lighthouse and a few others. Why that attraction?

The escort boat was the famous 188 McGregor that is owned and was piloted by Tony McGregor, the father of the famous MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Tony is a huge supporter of our swims and the charity The Gavin Glynn Foundation that supports families fighting childhood cancer. The 188 was named by McGregor because it was his last social welfare payment of €188 before he turned professional and became the highest paid professional athlete in the world. All of these swims are building up to our announcement of our Extreme Winter Relay in January 2022.”

Photos courtesy of @andrew henney

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