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Joe Donnelly

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Joe Donnelly is an open water swimmer who has completed the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims, otherwise known as Triple Break for his swims from Robben Island, Alcatraz Island and Spike Island. He is also one of the race directors of the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Cork, Ireland, one of the top open water swimming events in Ireland and part of the 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series.

Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim[edit]

The Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim is held in the Lee River that runs through the centre of the City of Cork, Ireland. It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims that attracted over 500 participants to its 100th centennial anniversary swim on 12 July 2014. Originally held in 1914, the event annually attracts crowds in excess of 5,000. Most swimmers compete for age group prizes (under 20, 20-24, 25-29...up to 80-84) while others raise money for local charities. Following the swim a very social atmosphere continues on the boardwalk outside the Clarion Hotel and various festivities into the night.

Triple Break Sites[edit]

1. Robben Island is the former isolated prison home of Nelson Mandella and other South Africans 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.

2. Alcatraz Island is the former isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals 1.5 miles from Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay in California, U.S.A.

3. Spike Island (Irish: Inis Píc) is the former isolated prison home of infamous immates 2 kilometers off the coast in Cobh Harbour, Ireland.

Robben Island, Alcatraz Island and Spike Island, all once well-guarded isolated prison islands with infamous inmates in the 20th century are now 21st century sites better known for challenging cold-water swims with tricky currents as convicts have given way to open water traditionalists and wetsuit-clad swimmers.

Triple Break Swimmers[edit]

2006 Steven Black (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Joe Donnelly (Robben + Alcatraz + Spike)
2006 Mike Harris (Robben + Rottnest + Spike)
2009 John Conroy (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2009 Jennifer Hurley (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)
2010 Ram Barkai (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2010 Kieron Palframan (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest) 2010 Ryan Stramrood (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest)
2011 Ned Denison (Robben + Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike or the Quatro Break)
2011 Gary Emich (Alcatraz + Rottnest + Spike)

Escape from Spike Island[edit]

2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series[edit]

The Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim is part of the 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS), a global series of open water swimming competitions. FINIS and Ocean Recovery Alliance present the global open water swimming, a 17-race series spans Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe and includes some of the world’s most innovative, enjoyable, beautiful and signature open water swimming competitions.

1. Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong. Race director Doug Woodring
2. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
3. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
4. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
5. Swim Challenge Cascais in Cascais, Portugal. Race director Jorge Paulo Pereira
6. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
7. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
8. Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Cork, Ireland in July. Race director Joe Donnelly
9. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
10. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
11. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
12. International Masters Open Water Swim in Shizuoka, Japan in September. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
13. Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica in September. Race director Joe Bernini
14. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
15. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
16. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
17. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

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