The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West, now in its 11th year, takes place on Saturday July 23rd, 2016.
In 2015, there were 59 solo swimmers that completed the crossing along with seven relay teams – a new record! In total there were 82 swimmers supported by over 80 boats and 100 crew in the bay. For the final 250 metres into Blackrock diving tower, paddle boards and kayaks guide the swimmers home along with many more supporters and volunteers on the land. The swimmers safety is co-ordinated and managed by a team of local boatmen, sailors, fishermen and the RNLI.