Robert Bohane Smashed Valencia Island Record

Robert Bohane Smashed Valencia Island Record

The first circumnavigation swim around Valentia Island off the western coast of Ireland was pioneered in July 2008 by Ned Denison in 8 hours 52 minutes.  Fellow Cork Masters Swimming Club teammate Robert Bohane finally broke that standard on July 8th 2013, setting a new record of 7 hours 58 minutes.

Bohane was a 43-year-old English Channel swimmer at the time who was assisted by escort pilot Des O’Connell, crew member Adrian Haney, observer Donal Buckley, and John Coyle and Angela O’Connor on his rib with kayakers Ciaran Byrne and Tim Poullain-Patterson. He started at 9:28 am and finished at 5:27 pm at Portmagee, drinking mostly Maxim along the way in 30-minute intervals. Buckley observed a steady pace between 60-64 strokes per minutes in the choppy water that ranged from 14- 16°C.

Denison said later, “We both started at Knightstown and swam clockwise. Robert had a great swim and crushed my speed record.”

Sandycove Island millennium swimmer Robert Bohane is shown above with fellow millennium swimmer Eoin O’Riordan after completing O’Riordan’s swim around Sandycove Island in Cork, Ireland

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