The Irish Channel Open Water Swim Challenge -- Our virtual swim simulator plots your open water swim course on a map. Sign up using the login link at the top of the screen. Then invite your fiends to join you on a virtual swim. After enrolling, use our swim calorie calculator to compute distance, pace and calories burned. Then save your swim in our swim workout log and apply the distance and calories to a open water swim challenge.
This swim calories calculator uses distance, time, weight and swim stroke to calculate calories burned. Please be aware that the calories burned is an estimate. Actual calories burned will depend upon many other factors, such as general health, water temperature, stroke efficiency.
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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.