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Welcome to the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim

The Lee Swim is a point-to-point swimming race through the centre of Cork City, Ireland. It dates back to 1914, or possibly earlier. The Swim was relaunched in 2005 as the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim and has been held annually since. It is organisedΒ by Cork Lions Club as a fun event, open to all competent swimmers. There is also a competitive element, with age group prizes and five historic trophies up for grabs. There are separate categories for wetsuited and non-wetsuited swimmers. At present, numbers are split 60/30between these two categories. In 2018, an entry of approx 550 swimmers is expected, making the event one of the biggest open-water swims in Ireland.

The Swim is approximately 2km in length and follows a unique course that exploits the fact that the centre of Cork City is an island. The course comprises a downstream section of 1.7km in the North Channel of the Lee and a short upstream section of approx 300m in the South Channel. Swimmers pass under nine bridges over the course of the Swim.

There is a carnival atmosphere to the Swim, with celebrations continuing late into the evening. A video made in 2013 gives a sense of the atmosphere on the day.

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The Vibes & Scribes #leeswim Organising Committee are delighted to announce that following feedback from swimmers last year, we have received confirmation that we have secured additional funding for 2018, that will allow us to offer #leeswim participants the new option of entering the water at the start via a specially commissioned water slide! (Picture 2)

Swimmers who choose this option will enjoy a stunning view of the first part of the course and the lovely Shannon Bells before entering the water at approx 25 miles per hour.

We have also commissioned another new trophy*- the β€œ” Trophy, which will be awarded to swimmer who completes the most impressive Ariel acrobatic routine prior to entering the water.

The star prize-The first swimmer who manages to gain enough height to launch themselves over the first bridge will have the new bridge by the Metropole Hotel named after them.

*Judges Decision Final
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Introducing our #LeeSwimLegends !

Would you like to feature as one of our #LeeSwimLegends?, We plan to feature some of our lovely swimmers in the run up to the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim on June 30th 2018.
If you would like to be featured, please complete the below and mail to with a photo of yourself at one of the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim!
Your reply and photo may be posted on our social media platforms and in print media!

How many #leeswims have you taken part in?
Describe #leeswim in three words:
Best part about #leeswim:
Wetsuit or skins?
Competitive or just for fun?
Favourite bridge?
Advice for a first timer?
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New this year for the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim is a Tri Tee from AB SalesπŸŠπŸŠπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
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BREAKING NEWS! Entries for the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim 2018 are Open!! Cork's 96FM

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As a result of increased funding, and a few economies we made, we are very happy to announce that entry fees will be reduced in 2018. The rate for junior swimmers (under 18 on the day) will be €22, reduced from €25. The early-bird rate will be €35, reduced from €39, and the normal rate will be €42, reduced from €45

Looking forward to seeing you all on June 30th!!
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Entries for the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim Open at midnight tonight! Cork's 96FM

COMPETITION! Any guesses as to the new hat and tee colour for 2018? Simply comment with your answer and all correct answers will be entered into a draw for a mystery prize tomorrow pm!
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