Our course is a 23-mile swim across the channel from Scotland to Ireland.
The race starts in Portpatrick, a popular port due to its vicinity to Ireland and the pubs right next to the harbor. There are often strong onshore winds and cross tides.
The channel, although shorter than the English Channel, is more difficult because of the cold water and huge colonies of jellyfish such as mauve stinger, Lion's Main and Moon jellyfish. There are also dangerous levels of shipping traffic in the channel.
Our course ends in Groomsport Harbor.
The Irish Channel, aka the North Channel, Sruth na Maoile, and the Straits of Moyle was first swum in 1947 by Tom Blower. Since then, only 14 additional solo-swim attempts (by 10 swimmers) have been successful.