The Irish coastline is among the most exquisitely stunning coastlines but underneath its magic there is a dark side. The sea is a formidable, evocative reality. It represents size and mystery, the delicate balance between existence and devastation, the ability to take life and change it. An autonomous watery world, resolute and unpredictable. In other words, a challenge. And by no means a straightforward one.
Ripley will attempt an 850-mile ultra adventure swim round Ireland in 2016. It
is an enormous challenge mentally, physically and emotionally battling
cold, monotony, fatigue, storms, jellyfish, hunger, and isolation. When
successful, he will be the first person to have swum the entire distance around
He will attempt the arduous task of swimming the 850-miles in a clockwise direction to go with prevailing winds and currents battling the Atlantic Ocean. He will then head across the crown of Northern Ireland and into the narrow Northern Channel heading south through the Irish Sea and Saint George's Channel and into the Celtic Channel. Then it's homeward bound back into the Atlantic Ocean finishing at his start point in Derrynane, County Kerry.
ABOUT THE KENMARE RIVER
The Kenmare River (An Ribhéar in Irish Gaelic , but also called Kenmare Bay in English) is, despite its name, not a river but a large inlet on the coast of Kerry, in south-west Ireland. It is located on the Wild Atlantic Way between the Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula.
Morphologically different from other large bays south-west of Ireland, being much narrower. The bay contains an abundant number of small islands, such as Sherky and Rossmore . Main points of interest are Kenmare, which is located at the innermost point, O' Carroll's Cove, Westcove, Castlecove, Parknasilla, Tahilla, Templenoe, Bunaw, Lauragh and Ardgroom.
The Kenmare River is also renowned for its seal and dolphin population.
THE KENMARE RIVER SELF SUFFICIENT ADVENTURE SWIM
Ripley will attempt a self sufficient *30-mile adventure swim from O' Carroll's Cove in Caherdaniel to Kenmare Pier without support on April 13th, 2015.
Ripley will squeeze into a wetsuit, walk into the sea at O’ Carroll’s Cove at 4am and begin a steady 30-mile solo swim to Kenmare Pier, without boat support and totally alone, towing his entire provisions on a sit-on-top kayak. Ripley will stop briefly every 30 – 40 minutes to eat and drink, without leaving the water, burning anywhere between 4,000 - 5,000 calories swimming in sea temperatures averaging 9 Celsius for up to 20 hours. On completion he’ll be the first person to swim the Kenmare River.
An interactive tracker will update his position in real time; thereby ensuring safety and the whole distance of the intended route is completed.
The magnitude of this swim has many elements that reach beyond anything that Ripley has ever attempted. It will require tremendous physical and mental strength as he confronts the sea in an ambitious adventure, an indisputable test of his human endurance.
The Kenmare River Adventure Swim, a prelude to a planned longer adventure swim (tba), ultimately conveys a message to everyone that anything is possible and anyone can achieve a dream that transcends all boundaries.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis In 2011, Davenport has set himself an enormous challenge mentally, physically and emotionally battling cold, monotony, fatigue, strong tides and the unpredictable Irish weather.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis In 2011, Ripley will be fundraising in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland (MS Ireland.
The charity(s) that I have chosen to support below are very worthy causes and I would very much appreciate your support in helping me to raise funds for this organisation.
The official Ripley Davenport website: www.ripleydavenport.com
Many thanks in advance for your support.