“Welcome to a grand soft day in Salthill” the PA announced, but with flags flying at full tilt, rain and clouds gathering to hide the Connemara mountains, talk of ‘sure it might clear’ seemed pretty desperate. And so it proved! The sight of the short course swimmers bobbing like corks in the waves added to the nerves of some but undeterred the Boruvians had come to do business!! As the athletes gathered at Palmers Rocks for the start, it was announced that due to the sea conditions the 2k swim had been reduced to 1k. Swimming out against the wind and waves just would not have been possible. A few relieved faces looked around, maybe things were picking up!?
Getting into the water was tough with man sized waves crashing in to shore. Once out and ‘bobbing’ in the swell it wasn’t so bad.
If only the buoys were a bit taller, like 20 feet taller, then they might be visible.
Trying to start a race in those conditions was tough with people natural moving with the swell. However, some kayaks were trying to move people back to the start buoy when suddenly it appeared the race had started with a clear 100m plus headstart for many. The choppy water lessened a little after the first buoy but then the rain came in force to greet us as the run began. Four laps for the run with a nice stiff breeze at your back for the long way out before the tough battle back into the wind and rain.
Great racing from the Boruvians. First home was the Dolphin/Cheetah team combo of Majella Scanlan and Ray Hickey in 1.03. First individual home was Donagh O’Sullivan in 1.05.08 with Bobby Reynolds 6 seconds back.
A further minute back was Colm Carty. First lady home was Orla Foley in 1.09.25. Finishing the Boru contingent was Paul Dorrell and Fiona Ward finishing 4 seconds apart.
A day of new challenges for many with the conditions, but a day of achievement for the Boru club members. Well done to all and now its on to The Lough Derg Sprint in Dromineer next weekend. Lough Derg will be a breeze after that – hopefully!