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Galway Bay Swim 2017

Galway Bay Swim

Saturday, 22 July 2017 from 08:30 to 14:30 (IST)

Galway Bay Swim 2017

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Register your Interest for the 2017 Swim   more info 100 Registrations 1 Jul 2017 Free €0.00

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Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim -  Saturday 22nd July, 2017

Register your interest for the 2017 swim

To register your interest for the 2017 Galway bay swim, please enter your details below. Registrations will open in March 2017 and you will be notified via email in advance of the opening on Eventbrite. 

A list of FAQs about the swim registration is listed below

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

HOW MANY SWIM PLACES ARE THERE?
In 2017, there are 60 solo swimmer slots and 15 relay slots (teams of 2-4 swimmers) for the bay swim. Unfortunately, as it is a popular swim, due to safety reasons and the availability of support boats, not all applicants can be offered a slot in the bay swim. 
 
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM AGES LIMITS FOR SWIMMERS?
The minimum age for all swimmers (Solo and Relay) is 18 years on the day of the swim. 

CAN I ENTER IN MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY (SOLO & RELAY)?
No - you can only swim in one category as either a solo OR a relay team member. Safety rules in place for the swim require that there is only 1 swimmer in the water for each boat.  If you wish to swim the full 13km across the bay, then you must enter as a Solo swimmer and have your own boat to accompany you. If you are swimming as part of a Relay team, then you must exit the water onto your support boat after you complete your section of the bay swim
 
 
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE GALWAY BAY SWIM? HOW ARE APPLICANTS CHOSEN?
Registration opens in March each year and is completed online through Eventbrite. Registration closes on July 1st or whenever all swim places are allocated – whichever occurs first. Applications are then reviewed by the Galway Bay Swim committee and you will be contacted directly if additional information is required (such as your prior open water swimming experience). If there are no queries on your application, swimmers are then offered a slot on the swim on a first come first served basis once they fulfill the following criteria:
  1. Provide your own boat (along with a Captain) to accompany you on the swim. Note: the type of boat most suitable is a 5 metre Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with a 50HP engine. A VHF radio is mandatory.
  2. Provide one crew member on the boat that will assist you (with food, water, moral support, etc.) on the swim. Note: The Captains job is solely to drive the boat, to navigate and for safety – the swimmer is responsible for providing their own crew member.
  3. Register and pay the €50 application fee online via Eventbrite and commit to raising €500 (1000 for relay teams) for our charity partner - Cancer Care West. (Note: the €50 application fee goes towards your fundraising target).
  4. In June, 2017, complete the 4km time trial at Blackrock, Salthill in a time of under 95 minutes. Relay team members must complete a 2Km swim in a time of under 50 minutes. Note: Full details will be sent via email to all registered swimmers.
  5. By July 1st, 2017, complete the Medical Form on the Galway Bay Swim website and submit to the Galway Bay Swim committee.
Note: If there are outstanding issues regarding any applicants, such as: open water swimming experience, completing the time trial or successfully passing the medical, then these must be resolved by 1st July, 2017 or your place will be given to another swimmer.
 
WHAT IF I CANNOT LOCATE A BOAT TO ACCOMPANY ME ON THE SWIM?
The Galway Bay Swim is run with the support of the Galway maritime community. In June, we contact boat captains who assisted us in previous years and ask them if they will be supporting the swim again this year.  Swimmers registered on the boat waitlist on Eventbrite will then be put in contact with Captains who have agreed to support the swim. This process can take until the second week in July as we are dependent on boat captains confirming their availability.
You should ensure that you register on Eventbrite under the Swimmer (No boat) waitlist category. The Galway Bay Swim committee will notify all swimmers by July 1st, 2017 if boats are available. 
Priority will be given to those swimmers travelling from outside Galway. After that, swimmers will be notified on a first come first served basis - i.e. the date you registered on Eventbrite for the swim.
Note: If you initially register on Eventbrite as a Swimmer (NO BOAT) and then subsequently locate a boat, then you must register again on Eventbrite as a Swimmer (WITH BOAT). 
 
IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?
As it is a charity swim event, we ask solo swimmers to raise €500 and relay teams to raise 1000 for our chosen charity - Cancer Care West. We do ask for a €50 application fee (payable via credit card) when registering on Eventbrite. This money goes towards your fund raising target. The €50 is non-refundable and will be donated to charity.
 

A full list of FAQ's are provided on our main website: CLICK HERE

Note: Any changes to the above rules can only be made with the prior approval of the Galway Bay Swim Committee.

Do you have questions about Galway Bay Swim 2017? Contact Galway Bay Swim

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Blackrock Diving Tower
Salthill
Galway
Ireland

Saturday, 22 July 2017 from 08:30 to 14:30 (IST)


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Galway Bay Swim

The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim (FTMGBS) commenced in 2006 and in 2017 is in its twelfth year.  It has seen over 440 swimmers make successful crossings of Galway bay. The swim is named after the late Frances Thornton, and to date has raised over €500,000 for Cancer Care West.

Now one of 
Ireland's biggest, longest (and friendliest) one day swims, it starts from Aughinish in Co. Clare and finishes at Blackrock Diving 
Tower in Salthill.  Given the wind, tide and currents, the swim is a distance of approx. 13 kilometres and can take anything from 2.5 hours to 6 hours to complete.  
Each solo swimmer commits to attempting to raise at least €500 for charity. Relay teams are also welcome and commit to raising €1000 for our charity partner - Cancer Care West.

Email: galwaybayswim@gmail.com

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