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Blanket of Stars

January 14 2021

Causeway Coast

Charity AWARE NI

Swim Distance 1.27km

Video filmed by Leigh Hawthorne. Put the sound on!

Last night was beautiful. The fishermen were out again but other than them the beach was deserted. The sky was scattered with stars and we saw several shooting stars during the swim. The sea was the blackest I think to date though. Despite the stars, the lack of moon meant no light, or very little anyway. Though, the surf was a bit bigger making my swim a little easier. The plan was swim west and clock up another kilometer. Leigh kept an eye on me. The conditions for the next swim look better again with bigger surf.


Picture of Al Mennie by Leigh Hawthorne

Info - I am swimming a total of 100km through the darkness, in the darkest and coldest months of the year off the North Coast of Ireland. My inspire those who may be struggling in dark times to keep going. I also aim to raise awareness and funds for the depression Charity Aware NI. We all face dark times in life at some point and it can be extremely overwhelming.

Safety - Please don't think that because I am doing this that you too should do this or something similar. I am very experienced in the sea with knowledge that is only gained through many years of exposure to the sea in all her moods. I have a safety and location system in place including continual contact with people on land every time I swim.


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