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Fergal Somerville

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Fergal Somerville, Irish channel swimmer, ice swimmer and event organiser
Fergal Somerville was inducted in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland as an Honour Swimmer in its Class of 2020

Fergal Somerville (born 1963) is an open water swimmer and an observer from Dublin, Ireland who has completed 2 of the Oceans Seven's channels. The member of the Eastern Bay Swim Team in Dublin, he swims year round at High Rock in Malahide (Dublin) and recorded the first Inis Meáin to Rosaveel swim along the Galway Coast and also pioneered the Dublin Bay 2-way swim in 2012.

Honours

Ice Swimming Career

He is a certified ice swimmer for completing 2 sanctioned Ice Miles under the auspices of the International Ice Swimming Association. Somerville swam 28:49 in February 2014 in Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland in 4.40°C water and 4°C air and a 28:50 in February 2014 in Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland in 4.60°C water and -4°C air.

He organised and completed the 4th Eastern Bay Invitational International Ice Mile Swim in Lough Dan Scout Centre, County Wicklow, south of Dublin, Ireland on 6 February 2016 in 26:44.

Eastern Bay Invitational International Ice Mile Swim

Howth to Skerries Swim Row 2


From Howth, Co. Dublin, to Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Marathon Swimming Career

  • Somerville successfully completed the English Channel on 24 September 2011 in 12 hours 40 minutes. His English Channel crossing was the 12th fastest time by an Irish swimmer, 6th fastest Irishman, and fastest over age of 40.
  • Somerville attempted a North Channel crossing in July 2012.
  • Somerville completed the North Channel during his second attempt on 16 June 2014 and completed the channel swim in 12 hours 21 minutes.
  • As Ken McCarthy rowed, Somerville swam from Howth to Skerries, covering a distance of 25.66 km in 6 hours and 12 minutes on 8 July 2016

Global Open Water Swimming Conference

Somerville spoke at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, a conference hosted and organised by Oswald Schmidt, Paschal Horgan, Captain Tom McCarthy, Ciaran O'Connor, Finbarr Hedderman, and Ned Denison in Cork, Ireland. The other presenters include Professor Tom Doyle, Trevor Woods, Dr. Angel Yanagihara, Dr. Lunt & Dr. Adams, Kevin Murphy, Niek Kloots, Sally Minty-Gravett, and Wayne Soutter.

The Lambay Circumnavigation

Somerville was the safety chief and observer for Vanessa Daws' The Lambay Circumnavigation Swim in Ireland on 6 September 2016.

Swimming with Shivers

She wrote a story for Swimming With Shivers, a book co-authored by Claire Bunker-Fellingham and Gary Standen about true stories from, by and about open water swimmers doing cold water swimming, winter swimming, and ice swimming. The stories in Swimming with Shivers are from, by and about Carl Atkinson, Deborah Banks, Ram Barkai, Jo Barkwith, Andy Bennett, Katie Blair, Sylvia Bland, Gideon Bright, Claire Bunker-Fellingham, Judith Charman, Sze-Ming Cheung, Chillswim, Tracy Clark, David Coleman, Phil Coombe, Talbott Crowell, Ned Denison, Nick Dorey, Dryrobe, Ros Edmonds, Rory Fitzgerald, Daniel Gilmore, Will Glendinning, Gone Swimming, Rebecca Goodson, Julie Gregory, Shaun Hales, Happy Cold Swimming, Louise Hazelton, Colin Hill, Elaine Howley, International Ice Swimming Association, Roni Jelgavas, Mark Johansen, Jody Jones, Ele Jump, Ger Kennedy, Ivan Lewis, Julie Lloyd, Jules McRobbie, Sally Minty-Gravett MBE, Jaimie Monahan, Steven Munatones, Diane Murphy Weaver, Jim Nyberg, Barry O'Connor, Outdoor Swimmer, Simon Parkin, Lisa Peake, Kevin Proctor, Jane Saycet, Val Smith, Jodi Songhurst, Gary Standen, Lucy Stansfield, Kate Steels-Fryatt, Swimming With Smiles Book, Tidal Wave Fitness, Jonty Warneken, Karen Weir, Haydn Welch, Samantha Whelpton, Emily Whittaker, and Nicola Wood.

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