Beat the Ferryman

Ash and I had great plans for a 5km swim Saturday morning but family commitments got in the way for Ash and I slept in and had to nip into work before heading to Passage East for Beat the Ferryman.

Beat the Ferryman is a great little swim between Ballyhack in Co. Wexford and Passage East in Co. Waterford across the Suir Estuary. Due to the currents and shipping between the sea and the Port of Waterford this is a swim you could only do as an organised event. The name comes from the fact that a ferry runs between the two villages roughly every 15 minutes from 7am (9:30 Sunday & BH) to 9pm (1st June to 31st Aug). The Passage East hurling club have been running the event since 2015 and this year was my third year doing it and second year in skins. There is a great atmosphere at the even and there is food and music in a beautiful spot, the last two years it has been blessed with lovely weather and this year was no exception. There were a lot fewer skins swimmers this year, possibly because the water temperatures have been very slow to rise, but the positive from this was that I finished as second female non-wetsuit, possible aided by seeing loads of jellyfish about 100 to 200m out – that certainly got me kicking! The Kilkenny Swimming Club Masters walked away with third in both the male (Olgerts Rudzitis) and female (Kathryn Nolan) wetsuits and the achievement award (Aidan Brennan). Video of the event can be found at

Successful Kilkenny Swimming Club Masters, from the left Susan Cook, Kristine Rudzitis, Kathryn Nolan, Aidan Brennan, Olgerts Rudzitis

I spent the rest of the day visiting family.

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