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Friday 28th December 2001

A fantastic day weather wise, calm and amazingly mild. I was really looking forward to getting into the water, as it had been over a week. Not surprisingly there were a few Fungie boats out and two ribs, so we had a bit of competition. I was really eager to get in, and almost did with all the boats around, but I was talked out of it and hung on a bit longer for them to go in. A good idea, and we didn’t have to wait long. The water is so incredibly clear at the moment, and as Fungie came in we could see him swimming about, it was almost hard to believe there was any water! Having been away for so long, I was a bit slower to react to him today, a bit out of practice. Keith went heading out to him at one point, with me in close pursuit, the dolphin did a flying leap over him, then over me. All I could see as I looked down into the water was this little white nose growing and growing eventually turning into a huge dolphin as he leapt over me. God, it felt great to be back. I think we all had a good swim he was hanging out with Nick for a while as well popping his head up beside him as he does. Just as we were really getting into the swing of things a sailing boat came in and off Fungie went with that. It may not have been the longest swim, but who cares, its quality not quantity.

Swimmers – Nick, Keith, Jamie, Aidan, Cat and friends, Suzanne
Water time – 40 mins
Fungie time – 10/15 mins
Date Posted: 28/12/2001
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