Sandycove Island Circumnavigation - Solo
City Sandycove Island, Kinsale
State/County/Province County Cork
• Location: Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland • Course: Counter-clockwise circumnavigation around the island • Distance: Up to 1.25 miles (2K) depending on how close one swims to the island • Date of Annual Race: September with training swims made from late winter when water can be 45°F to late summer • Description: The Old Head of Kinsales shelters Sandycove Island from the prevalent westerly winds. Swim at high tide for the easiest swim. Low tide exposes hidden reefs and a beach at the base of the slipway. Medium currents at mid-tide can present problems for slower swimmers. Nearly 150 swims are scheduled each year at the primary training spot for open water swimmers and triathletes. It is an excellent training location for those preparing for an English Channel attempt. Clean crisp water with sunken reefs and waving sea plants clearly visible.