Fastnet - Maeve Mulcahy

andissandiss Senior Member
edited September 1 in Cheering Section

(Reposting from Carol Cashels post on Sandycove FB)

Maeve Mulcahy aiming to be first female in skins to swim the 20k from Fastnet Rock to Baltimore in West Cork.

She has sandycove tracker onboard. She started at 07:35am this morning

Looks like a really nice day for it



  • bluemermaid9bluemermaid9 Boca Raton, FL, United StatesMember

    This is just awesome. Godspeed!

  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member

    What's the history of this swim? Looks very fun.

    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    edited September 1

    @malinaka, Not a lot. It's been swum by Steve (First Ocean's 7) Redmond and Noel Browne, (who crewed many of Steve's swims) that I know of. Possibly John Kearney. And now Maeve!

    Given its position, its very hard to get good weather and sufficiently calm water, as the SW of Ireland is exposed to big swells so you need to be close and to be prepared to wait and act fast, and to arrange your own boat.

    The Fastnet itself is iconic & famous as the last lighhouse heading south from Ireland. And as the turning point for one of the world's most famous yacht races, and scene of one of the most famous yachting tragedies back in the 70s (the book on the Fastnet Tragedy is recommended), all due to the ferocious & changeable conditions at the location.

    The town of Baltimore where Maeve finished is the original location of that name. In the 17th century the entire population was captured by pirates and sold as slaves.

    It was once struck by a 48 metre high wave.

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  • andissandiss Senior Member

    Nathan Timmins swam it last year.

    Ned Denison did an attempt and got to cape clear (10km) and decided to throw in the towel.

    I think Paul Shilling swam it the other day.

    But yes it looks like a epic nice swim to do!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Whose domain is this for purposes of record keeping? ILDSA?

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin

    Unregulated. No-one down south much bothers with the ILDSA (the "Irish" is the title is very much aspirational). I volunteered for Maeve but she was already crewed up. The World's Most Popular Open Water Swimming Blog

  • LouisMLouisM New Member

    Paul Schilling did it on the 31st of August this year

  • BrendanOBrienBrendanOBrien Cork, IrelandNew Member

    A great read to go with a great swim, Go Maeve!

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