Aughinish in Co. Clare
Blackrock Diving Tower,Salthil
The 16th (2022) Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West will take place on Saturday July 16th, 2022. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 and 2021 Galway Bay Swims were cancelled. In their place, a virtual Galway Bay Swim was held where swimmers were asked to raise money for our charity Cancer Care West by swimming a total distance of 13km during the month of August.
The most recent Galway Bay Swim was held in 2019 when 144 swimmers crossed Galway Bay, (49 solo swimmers, 31 relay teams (95 relay team swimmers) – a new record! The swimmers were supported by over 100 boats and 150 crew in the bay. For the final 100 metres into Blackrock diving tower, paddle boards and kayaks guide the swimmers home along with many more supporters and volunteers on the land. The swimmers safety on the crossing is provided by a team of local boatmen, sailors, fishermen, Civil Defence, Oranmore-Maree Coastal Rescue, Doolin Coast Guard, and the RNLI.