Boats are a fairly uncommon site on Lough Swilly in January, but a good crowd gathered on Rathmullan Beach on January 2nd to watch five relay teams race the sailing school’s Picos in our first Frostbite Regatta. As you can see from the picture, it was a stunning but cold day with the temperatures hovering around freezing and plenty of snow on the hills to prove it.
Rathmullan House generously warmed everyone up with bowls of soup and we raised a bit of needed cash towards new equipment. All in all, a great winter’s day on the water and the beach. The traditional New Year’s swim in Rathmullan always draws a great crowd to the village every January 1st. We hope our annual Frostbite Regatta will now do the same for January 2nd.
Thanks to all who helped organise and support the day especially Kevin McAteer, Paul Deeney, Mickey Griffen, David McGloin, and George O’Hagan and his team from the RNLI.
Paul Deeney documented the event for us in the video below.