Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim

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Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim event poster for 2014
Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim event poster for 2014

The Lee Swim is one of the top open water swimming events in Ireland and the world. The Lee River course runs through the centre of the City of Cork, Ireland. It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims and part of the 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series. It is one of the World's Top 100 River Swims and has 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.

Video of 2011 Race


2 km (1,700m downstream and 300m upstream)




City Lee River, Cork

State/County/Province Munster

Country Ireland

Region Europe


Name Joe Donnelly and Oswald Schmidt


Event Information

Month: July

Event Date: 12 July 2014

Website: Lee Swim

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: Yes

2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series

The event 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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