Stepping Out Of The Ordinary With The Port Oriel Swim

Stepping Out Of The Ordinary With The Port Oriel Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

As the sun rose just after 5 am, five swimmers took off in the 13ºC (55ºF) waters of the Irish Sea (Muir Éireann) to complete the Port Oriel Swim.

Jacqueline Galway reports, “This was a swim qualifier for Colleen Mallon and Keith Garry as they take on the North Channel and English Channel respectively.

Donna Cooke was part of the swim team, a local athlete and swim coach. Donna is often complemented on her graceful swim style. In November, she opened her Camlough Lake Water Festival Step out of the Ordinary – Blue Envelope Challenge and accepted her destiny as Port Oriel.

A newly navigated course for 2014, the swim started at Gyles Quay, Co.Louth and followed a line to Port Oriel at Clougherhead Co.Louth, a distance of some 19.5 km
.”

Milo McCourt and 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Pádraig Mallon also made the crossing.

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Steven Munatones