Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim

Saturday, 22 July 2017


The 2017 Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim will take place on 22nd July.
Entries will open on Thursday, 13th April. 
The early-bird rate of €39 will be available until  Tuesday, 13th June. From that date, a limit will be placed on the number of entries (ie, there will be no guarantee of a place), and certain items of merchandise will not be available.
Please enter as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Entries will close on 18th July, or earlier if the limit of 600 swimmers is reached. 

View the course - Click here 

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 organised as a fun event, open to all competent swimmers. There is also a competitive element, with age group prizes and seven historic trophies up for grabs. There are separate categories for wetsuited and non-wetsuited swimmers. At present, numbers are split 50/50 between these two categories.
In 2017, an entry of approx 600 swimmers is expected, making the event the biggest open-water swim 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. 



Individual (Early Bird)