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First across the bay on Saturday 23 July in his wetsuit was Stewart Moore with a time of 2h36m, followed by Dylan Barrett (1st male togs, 2h38m), John Burgess (2nd male wetsuit, 2h58m) and Aimee Walsh (1st female togs, 3h03m).
The 13km open sea swim in aid of Cancer Care West saw tougher conditions than usual with a lot of jellyfish in the water.
"But there were no injuries and everyone thankfully finished and enjoyed the swim," said Fiona Thornton, daughter of Frances Thornton to whom the event is dedicated.
A documentary on the now annual fixture was screened in Galway earlier this year, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
And as ever, safety comes first, with race organisers seeking volunteers from the local maritime community who can spare their time and their boats – preferably 5m RIBs with a 50HP engine – for the duration of the 13km crossing.
Earlier this year a new documentary celebrating the first 10 years of the Galway Bay Swim was screened in the city, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
As Galway Bay FM reports, the documentary was directed by local filmmaker Pat Comer and pays tribute to the hundreds of swimmers who've taken to the water at Auginish and crossed the bay to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill since 2006 in honour of the late Frances Thornton and to raise finds for cancer support.
"The documentary really captures the essence of the swim and everyone that takes part in a voluntary or swimming capacity," said David O'Donnell of Cancer Care West.
Registrations open this Sunday 20 March for the 11th swim, scheduled for Saturday 23 July. Galway Bay FM has more on the story HERE.