Up early after a night in an air bnb in Carne near the point we finished yesterday. Had about a kilometre to carry the kayak and gear to the beach which is not ideal warm up for a 4.5 hour sea swim. Thankfully, the owner of the home arrived with a truck just as we were at the gate and saved us the hardship. Thank you again for the lift 🙌🙌 From the beach we set off without our sailboat in support due to lack of sailing volunteers. An hour and a half of effort later, I became the first person to swim the length of Ireland as we turned west around Carnsore Point. Pretty epic moment to share with Karolina who's been instrumental in getting me there.
Pretty confident Karolina is now the first Czech person to kayak the length of Ireland too?? Wahay!! We didn't make as much progress as hoped for today and are still approximately six nautical miles (roughly 11km) east of Kilmore Quay.
The problem that left us with, was getting the kayak back to Kilmore Quay. I ended up having to walk a mile or so back on myself as Karolina kayaked to get to the nearest accces road. By surprise, a man following the journey so far, came over with his family and helped us carry the kayak to the car park. A little nice jesture like that can mean a lot, especially after a hard day's work. I didn't catch his name but thank you again, that was extremely appreciated.
From there, I had family kindly pick us up and ferry us back to Unsinkable II in Kilmore Quay.
Ideally I'll get to or past Kilmore Quay tomorrow with just Karolina again, to make best use of the two man sailing crew I have for the support boat on Wednesday and Thursday. The slight concern is the tides are not straight forward at the Saltees and when the tide is going west along the south coast, at St Patrick Bridge where I need to swim through, it can counterintuitively be moving the opposite direction. I'm just hoping I don't get pushed backwards by that during tomorrow planned five hour swim...continued in comments