Swimmers brave the elements for Rush Fin Swim

Rush Fin Swim Competitors, Organisers and RNLI Crew and Committee

Thirty Swimmers of all ages braved the elements for the 10th annual fin swim at Rush Sailing Club on Sunday morning (Sunday 10 March) in aid of Skerries RNLI, raising over €2,000.

 With the swim being held earlier in the year than usual due to tidal restrictions, the water was already slightly colder than previous years. Add to that an air temperature of a mere 3.5 degrees celsius and a cool north easterly wind and the result was a truly chilly morning. However, despite the conditions, as always with this event there was a fantastic turnout, by swimmers and supporters alike.

 The swimmers entered the water (counted in by the safety officer) at 10am and swam out into the channel in Rogerstown estuary and then 1km up the estuary before rounding a marker and swimming 1km back to the sailing club. Waiting for them at the club was a warm welcome, a warm shower and a fantastic spread of soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee.

 Skerries RNLI would like to thank the following. All the competitors and their sponsors. Organisers Richard Flynn, Gerry Benson and their team of helpers. Rush Sailing Club for hosting the event and in particular their safety crew and volunteers in the kitchen. Rush Community First Responders for providing first aid cover on the day.