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Ballyholme Yacht Club and Swim Ulster will be hosting the inaugural  Big Bay Swim this September in Ballyholme Bay.

This is a first joint venture between the two organisations with aims to promote Open Water Swimming to regular club swimmers as well as all of the Eddie Skelly “Seals” and Triathletes that have already flocked to the bay every Monday night during the last few summers. Swimming is from Ballyholme Yacht Club’s South Slipway out and around inflatable buoys and back to the shore. There will be kayaks and safety boats in attendance with RYA first aid trained personnel. Swimmers can use the changing rooms and hot showers afterwards within Ballyholme Yacht Club.

For the first time, there will be a 5km swim as well as a 1500m, 750m and 200m splash for the kids. The 200m splash is free of charge for under 16’s.

Swimmers must wear bright swim caps (one will be supplied). Shoes are recommended for the slip way and around the dinghy parks.

Both wetsuit and skins categories will be allowed (please see Risk Statements on the entry form). Non-wetsuited swimmers (Skins) should be experienced open water swimmers and must register that they understand the risks of swimming in cold water. We certainly do not recommend that anyone tries non-wetsuited swimming without first acclimatising themselves. Safety is our number one concern and our Safety Officer(s) may refuse you entry or ask you to leave the water if they see you at risk. Non wetsuited swimmers may still want to wear one-piece suits to avoid jellyfish stings etc if present.

Registration will start at 12:30pm with a 1:30pm start for the 5km swim and separate starts for the other races.

Entry includes a swim hat, a free Swim Ireland goodie bag for under 16’s (as numbers allow), and a timing chip for the race. You will be able to enter on the day although we would like as many people as possible to enter below on line so we can plan results and timing chips etc and also to save time for yourselves at registration.

Prizes will be given for each race plus a new Inter-Club Competition with points earned for every entry from your club plus ranking points for those finishing in the first five places in each race. Extra age category points may be available depending on the number of entries in each race. Ballyholme will have their own “Eddie Skelly Seals club” – other local triathletes and open water swimming groupings are invited to group together alongside the many Swim Ulster and Swim Ireland that will also hopefully attend.

Showers and changing rooms are available. The Club bar will be open from 12:30 for spectators and participants. There will be a BBQ available following the swim.

  • Ballyholme Big Bay Swim 2017
    10th September 2017
    12:30 - 15:00