Wednesday 28 September 2016

Two Irish adventurers hit high seas to swim 1,600km around Ireland's coast

Duo have already ran 250km across Sahara Desert, cycled 17,500km from Cape Town to Ireland and kayaked the longest ever distance along China's Yangtze River

Ryan Nugent

Published 03/06/2015 | 18:29

David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,600KM around Ireland
David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,600KM around Ireland

Two Irish adventurers have embarked on their most challenging expedition yet, as they set off from Dalkey Harbour to swim the entire Irish coastline.

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David Burns and Maghnus Collins have hit the high seas for a 1,600 km swim – something which has never been done before and they intend on completing it in just 100 days.

If successful, the Costcutter Swim 360 team will have completed the longest ever swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

The pair are veterans of some of the world’s most ambitious man-powered expeditions, but say that this will be their most physically and mentally challenging yet.

Previously they have ran 250 km across the Sahara Desert, cycled 17,500 km from Cape Town to Ireland and kayaked the longest ever distance along the Yangtze River in China.

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David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,600KM around Ireland
David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,600KM around Ireland

Hyper weight loss of up to 7,000 calories a day and a constant threat of hypothermia are two of the many obstacles facing the men.

“We’ve done things that would probably be deemed more extreme and more dangerous, but in terms of a physical challenge, nothing is going to come close to this. We’re going to be in the water for around 12 hours a day,” said Maghnus.

David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,600KM around Ireland
David Burns and Maghnus Collins who are about to attempt to swim 1,600KM around Ireland

“We’re going to be dealing with hyper weight loss, extreme temperatures and we’ve been to the four corners of the world, but to find the toughest challenge, it’ll be on our own doorstep,” he said.

The duo have been adventuring for seven years now and David insists that what they’re doing isn’t totally crazy.

“We’ve undertaken a number of challenges over the last couple of years and it’s something we keep stepping up to,” said David.

David and Maghnus will be raising funds and awareness for charity partners, the RNLI Lifeboats and Gorta Self Help Africa.

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