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
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)HOW MANY SWIM PLACES ARE THERE?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- By July 1st, 2017, complete the Medical Form on the Galway Bay Swim website and submit to the Galway Bay Swim committee.
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.
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When & Where
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.