Courtesy of Ger Kennedy, Petrified Forest 6 km Open Sea Swim, East Coast of Ireland Open Water.

East Coast of Ireland Open Water Swimming was formed to share its passion of its open water swimmers with athletes of a wide variety, from wetsuiters to those who swim in skins.

Its most recent and newest event was the Petrified Forest 6 km Open Sea Swim, a point-to-point challenge from Killiney Beach to Bray Harbour.

Postponed once because of weather and safety issues, the event eventually went off safely over this past weekend.

A submerged petrified pine forest is located on Bray’s North Beach that is the remains of a forest over 6,000 years old. The petrified forest can only be seen at very low tides. “How cool is to swim over a forest and see it beneath you,” writes extreme swimmer and ice swimmer Ger Kennedy from Wicklow.

Wetsuit Female Results:
1. Aoife Donnelly 1 hour 11.21
2. Caroline Brennan 1 hour 25.15
3. Kathryn Desmond 1 hour 30.49
4. Vivienne Kelly 1 hour 32.49
5. Colette Kelly 1 hour 35.30
6. Tara Smith 1 hour 37.19
7. Jennifer Murrin 1 hour 39.24

Skins Female Results:
1. Una Ryan 1 hour 28.40
2. Therese Molyneux 1 hour 32.49
3. Searon mc Grattan 1 hour 55.20
4. Valerie Hayes 1 hour 55.35
5. Angela Leonard 1 hour 50.17
6. Roisin Kelly 1 hour 59.32

Wetsuit Male Results:
1. Pawel Rudzinski 1 hour 11.47
2. Paul Clinton 1 hour 19.28
3. Jorn Langhave 1 hour 23.27
4. Cormac O Connor 1 hour 24.47
5. Mark Crean 1 hour 25.13
6. Pheilm May 1 hour 25.20
7. Darren Hughes 1 hour 25.30
8. Alan Mc Cormack 1 hour 26.13
9. Richard Reid 1 hour 28.15
10. Andrew Boyle 1 hour 34.26
11. Eoin O Neil 1 hour 31.31
12. Fergal Mc Namara 1 hour 38.01
13. Paul Flynn 1 hour 38.02
14. Paul Evans 1 hour 38.03
15. Alan Thorpe 1 hour 38.58
16. Trevor O Shea 1 hour 39.25
17. Cian Mc Kenna 1 hour 25.45

Skin Male Results:
1. John Mc Connell 1 hour 30.18
2. Stephan Doyle 1 hour 31.00
3. Raymond Flanagan 1 hour 35.39
4. Barry O Sullivan 1 hour 38.03
5. Barry O Connor 1 hour 53.19
6. Sean Hall 1 hour 54.28
7. Garreth Mc Dermot 1 hour 54.29
8. Pakie Bolster 1 hour 55.10

For more information about the East Coast of Ireland Open Water Swim, visit here.

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