Ripley Davenport finishing his 26 mile Kenmare River Adventure swim after 11 hours and 47 minutes.

    Ripley Davenport epitomizes the spirit of adventure that
    we all have inside of us, but only a select few dare to bring
    to the surface to test their limits.  I consider Rip a kindred
    spirit!  - Jim "The Shark" Dreyer

In the early hours of April 10th 2015, I walked into the sea at
O' Carroll's Cove in Caherdaniel in County Kerry, Ireland
and begin a steady 25-mile solo self sufficient
swim to Kenmare Pier, without boat support and totally
alone, towing my entire provisions on a sit-on-top kayak.
11 hours and 47 minutes later I arrived at Kenmare Pier
after swimming 26.6 miles/42.8km.  In doing so I became the
first person to swim the Kenmare River.

interactive tracker updated my position in real time;
thereby ensuring safety and the whole distance of the
intended route was completed. Observers, the Valentia
Coastguard and local authorities, notified well in advance of
the swim, also monitored the swim.

The magnitude of this swim had many elements that were
beyond anything that I had ever attempted. To be honest I
wasn't entirely sure I could pull it off but I did. It was an
enormous challenge mentally, physically and emotionally
battling cold, monotony, fatigue, strong tides and the
unpredictable Irish weather.

This low key event went under the adventure and swimming
radar but to be honest I didn't care. I was greeted at
Kenmare Pier under heavy skies by my family, friends and
many locals. It was more than enough that I made the
headlines in several
national papers and openwaterpedia
and I managed to raise €359.99 for The
Multiple Sclerosis
Society of Ireland.

Read more in the Irish Mirror.
My blog on the subject and a few images can be seen here.
Blog by Trevis Gleason.
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