Back in the days of bell-bottoms, sundowners, middle
watches an luke warm limers - the notion of a Naval
shakedown always meant hours, days and weeks of
demanding work in full anti-flash. A 1 in 2 watch system
would always take its toll leaving the ships company ready
for some serious R&R on completion.

On March 18th, 2015, I wrestled my shivering body into a
wetsuit, strapped myself to a kayak and began a relaxed
swim with the in coming tide from Dawros to Kenmare Pier
alone and without boat support, towing some basic
provisions on a sit-on-top kayak. The 5.3km/3.3-mile swim
in a nippy but tranquil 9-Celsius seas gave me an
opportunity to test my wetsuit, the towing set up, some
emergency scenarios and a few other things that have been
niggling me for some time.

Escorted by an angry swan and two curious seals, I made
my way out in to the river in conditions that were perfect for
the unhurried doggy paddle, which would be the home
straight - the final 5km - on the
25-mile self sufficient
adventure swim from O’ Carroll’s Cove to Kenmare Pier
without boat support. And as far as I know, no one had done
it before – at least not how I planned to do it.

interactive tracker updated my position in real time;
thereby ensuring safety and the distance of the intended
was completed. The swim tracker was closely monitored by
a local school who integrated the swim into their math
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