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2015 Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim Results

In 2015, there were 59 solo swimmers that completed the crossing along with seven relay teams comprising 23 swimmers – a new record! In total there were 82 swimmers supported by over 80 boats and 100 crew in the bay.  The conditions were almost perfect for the start of the first wave of swimmers at 8.30am from Aughinish with only a light breeze blowing. The wind speed during the swim was 3 – 4 Knots (Force 2) which increased to Force 3 from 1.00pm onwards.  There was an incoming tide for most the swim with high tide in Galway at 12.36pm.  Although it was a neap tide, this still would have ‘pushed’ the swimmers E towards Tawin on the crossing. (Many of the swimmers commented on the strong current from the halfway point). All 82 swimmers completed the swim – a record number. A Force 6-7 gale arrived later Saturday night!

  • Date: July 25th, 2015
  • Swim Start Time: 8.30am (Wave 1), 9.15am (Wave 2), 10.00am (Wave 3)
  • Wind Direction: W
  • Wind Speed:  3 – 8 Knots (Force 2 – 3)
  • Wave Height: 0.2 metres – small wavelets. (wind driven – excludes ocean swell)
  • Air Temperature: 16 – 17 degrees C
  • Sea Temperature: 13 – 14 degrees C
  • Low Tide: 06.07am (1.8m)
  • High Tide: 12.36pm (3.8m)
  • Tidal Range: 2.0m
  • Data from Met Eireann – Mace Head

2015 Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim Results

NUMBER NAME SURNAME CATEGORY TOGS / WETSUIT TIME COMMENT
1 Kyle Quaid Male Wetsuit 2.58.22 1st Male Suit
2 Paschal Phelan Male Wetsuit 3.09.20 2nd Male Suit
3 Celia Davin Female Wetsuit 3.10.50 1st Female Suit
4 Lorcan Quaid Male Wetsuit 3.16.40 3rd Male Suit
5 Rory Coll Male Wetsuit 3.17.35
6 Wojciech Petasz Male Wetsuit 3.19.15
7 Morgan McGuire Male Wetsuit 3.24.45
8 Rory O’Connell Male Wetsuit 3.25.40
9 Kevin Conneely Male Wetsuit 3.27.06
10 Jessica Dunne Female Wetsuit 3.29.23 2nd Female Suit
11 John Burgess Male Wetsuit 3.29.55
12 Kevin McHugh Male Togs 3.33.27 1st Male Togs
13 Dan Nolan Male Wetsuit 3.33.27
14 Evin Donnelly Male Wetsuit 3.35.10
15 Ronan Collins Relay Togs 3.37.00 1st Relay
16 Trevor Collins Relay Togs 3.37.00 1st Relay
17 Simon Flatley Relay Togs 3.37.00 1st Relay
18 Gav Hennigan Relay Togs 3.37.00 1st Relay
19 Barry O’ Neill Relay Togs 3.37.00 1st Relay
20 Dave Crehan Relay Wetsuit 3.38.00 2nd Relay
21 Ed McDonagh Relay Wetsuit 3.38.00 2nd Relay
22 Kate Varley Female Wetsuit 3.40.45 3rd Female Suit
23 Brian Coll Relay Wetsuit 3.45.00 3rd Relay
24 Deirdre Coll Relay Wetsuit 3.45.00 3rd Relay
25 Enda Coll Relay Wetsuit 3.45.00 3rd Relay
26 Mark Gibbs Male Togs 3.45.55 2nd Male Togs
27 Fiona Thornton Female Wetsuit 3.47.00
28 Brian Thornton Relay Wetsuit 3.47.00
29 Claire Thornton Relay Wetsuit 3.47.00
30 Kevin Thornton Relay Wetsuit 3.47.00
31 Phil Gilboy Relay Wetsuit 3.47.00
32 Ultan Molloy Male Wetsuit 3.48.00
33 Fergal Madden Male Wetsuit 3.49.40
34 Andy Flanagan Male Togs 3.51.05 3rd Male Togs
35 John Gill Male Togs 3.51.05 3rd Male Togs
36 Brian Keville Male Wetsuit 3.51.35
37 Morgan Commons Male Wetsuit 3.52.38
38 Benoit Houeix Male Wetsuit 3.52.55
39 Adrian Clarke Male Wetsuit 3.53.08
40 Olaf O’Neill Male Wetsuit 3.57.28
41 Augusta Joyce Relay Wetsuit 4.00.20
42 Clare Mulholland Relay Wetsuit 4.00.20
43 Lee Wood Relay Wetsuit 4.00.20
44 Cormac Nicholson Male Wetsuit 4.00.35
45 Orla O’Doherty Relay Wetsuit 4.05.00
46 Ben O’Sullivan Relay Togs 4.05.00
47 Trisha O’Sullivan Relay Togs 4.05.00
48 Ronan Dooley Male Wetsuit 4.05.21
49 Ríana Parsons Female Wetsuit 4.06.25
50 Alan Mulholland Male Wetsuit 4.09.05
51 Helen Colfer Female Wetsuit 4.09.40
52 Stephen Tummon Male Togs 4.11.55
53 Alice Flood Female Togs 4.13.30 1st Female Togs
54 Sarah Browne Female Togs 4.18.50 2nd Female Togs
55 Mer Lulling Male Togs 4.20.10
56 Aideen Allen Relay Wetsuit 4.21.08
57 Tricia Strellof Relay Wetsuit 4.21.08
58 Miriam Wall Relay Wetsuit 4.21.08
59 John McDonnell Male Wetsuit 4.25.20
60 Colm Connolly Male Wetsuit 4.29.30
61 Barry McCann Male Wetsuit 4.29.30
62 Sinead O’Donnell Female Wetsuit 4.31.10
63 Christina Quinn Female Wetsuit 4.33.15
64 Sarah Lynch Female Wetsuit 4.36.10
65 Martin Oliver Male Wetsuit 4.37.50
66 Gabriel Walsh Male Wetsuit 4.46.30
67 Desmond Broaders Male Wetsuit 4.47.25
68 Jason McGarry Male Wetsuit 4.47.30
69 Colm O’Driscoll Male Wetsuit 4.48.55
70 Robin White Male Wetsuit 4.48.55
71 Mark Dwyer Male Wetsuit 4.52.35
72 Cian Brassil Male Wetsuit 4.52.36
73 Charlie Cox Male Wetsuit 4.56.00
74 Joe Kennelly Male Togs 5.09.00
75 Michael Flannelly Male Togs 5.13.27
76 Roisin Kelly Female Togs 5.15.27 3rd Female Togs
77 Billy Dunne Male Togs 5.23.40
78 Alan Colleran Male Togs 5.32.20
79 Darragh Foley Male Togs 5.48.55
80 Paul Monahan Male Wetsuit 6.02.50
81 Noel Griffin Male Wetsuit 6.09.50
82 Paraic Oates Male Wetsuit 6.12.05