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Galway Bay Swim 2018

Galway Bay Swim

Saturday, 21 July 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 (IST)

Galway Bay Swim 2018

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Register your Interest for the 2018 Swim
Register your interest for the 2018 Galway Bay Swim. We will then email you in advance of registrations opening on Eventbrite.
139 Registrations 28 Feb 2018 Free €0.00

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Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim -  Saturday 21st July 2018

Please register your interest for the 2018 swim.  We will then contact you when registrations open in March 2018.

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 2018, there are 60 solo swimmer slots and 15 relay slots (teams of 2-4 swimmers) for the Galway 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? WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
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 fulfil the following criteria:
  1. Provide your own boat (and Captain) to guide 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 and lifejackets for all crew members are mandatory on each boat.  You may be required to submit your boat for a pre-boat safety inspection prior to the swim. As a general rule, lake boats or boats not used regularly on the ocean are NOT acceptable.
  2. Provide one crew member on the boat that will assist you (with food, water, moral support, etc.) on the swim. Note: The Captain’s job is to drive the boat, to navigate and for safety – the swimmer is responsible for providing their own crew member.
  3. Have your boat Captain complete the boat safety checklist and declaration on the Forms section of the website: CLICK HERE: http://galwaybayswim.com/forms/
  4. Complete the Medical and Swimmer Waiver form and submit no later than 1st July 2018. CLICK HERE: http://galwaybayswim.com/forms/
  5. Complete the 4km open water swim time trial in Salthill (held in June each year) in a time of under 95 minutes. (2km open water swim for relay team members in under 50 minutes) .
  6. Pay the €50 application fee online via Eventbrite and commit to raising €500 (€1000 for Relay Teams) for our charity – Cancer Care West. (Note the €50 application fee goes towards your fundraising target)
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 2018 or your place will be given to another swimmer.
 
WHAT IF I CANNOT LOCATE A BOAT TO ACCOMPANY ME ON THE SWIM?

Note: Due to the larger number of swimmers and relay teams participating each year, there are very limited boats for those swimmers on the waitlist. We strongly encourage all swimmers to try and locate their own boat.  If you register on the boat waitlist on Eventbrite and subsequently locate a boat, we will hold a place for you on the swim.

The Galway Bay Swim is run with the support of the Galway maritime community. We depend on boat captains to volunteer their time to accompany swimmers registered on the boat waitlist. This 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 indicating that you do NOT have your own boat.  The Galway Bay Swim committee will notify all swimmers by July 1st if boat captains have notified us of their availability. 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).  We will hold a place for all swimmers registered on the (No Boat) category on Eventbrite.
 
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 fundraising 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 2018? Contact Galway Bay Swim

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Blackrock Diving Tower
Salthill
Galway
Ireland

Saturday, 21 July 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 (IST)


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Organiser

Galway Bay Swim

The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim (FTMGBS) commenced in 2006 and in 2018 is in its thirteenth year.  It has seen over 565 swimmers make successful crossings of Galway bay. The swim is named after the late Frances Thornton, and to date has raised over €600,000 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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