Marnaton eDreams Cadaqués: 38 hours of swimming and friends

The 6th edition of Marnaton eDreams Cadaqués 6.5 km took place last Saturday with the participation of 700 swimmers. I was very happy to have Owen O’Keefe come down from Ireland to participate in this event. Hopefully next year Owen will bring some more Irish swimmers and influence other international swimmers to compete in Cadaqués or another Marnaton event. It was also great to spend lots of time and many meals with swimmers of the caliber of Damian Blaum (who had recently won the Open Water Swimming world championship), Esther Núñez (OW swimming world champion 2012) and Miquel Suñer (4 of the Ocean’s Seven), and with the other great friends and swimmers that are on the pictures below. Gracias a todos por un gran fin de semana!

To view race results, click here

9PM – Friday: The weekend started with a dinner in Casa Anita on Friday.


Sitting from left to right: Esther Nuñez, Damian Blaum, Mauricio Prieto, Miquel Suñer, Rafa Martín-Alos
Standing from left to right: Pablo de Porcioles, Jordi Cañellas, Lorena Clapers, Owen O’Keefe, Ester Font, Cristina de Diego, Cristina Duch, Alberto Compte, Marta Sagnier

7AM Saturday. Beautiful conditions for the swim.

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8:00AM Saturday. Kayaks lined up. More than 300 volunteers and support personnel work tirelessly to guarantee that things run safely and smoothly.

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9:30AM Saturday. Getting ready, and evidence of a wetsuit-wearing Owen O’Keefe.

Marnaton eDreams Cadaqués

Standing form left to right: Esteban Raventós, Rafa Martín-Alos, Jordi Cañellas, Alberto Compte, Mauricio Prieto, Owen O’Keefe, Esther Nuñez, Damian Blaum.

10AM Saturday: Start! Aqua-boxing for a few hundred meters, followed by a 6.5 km swim.

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2PM Saturday: Award ceremony (to view all results, click here).

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Marnaton eDreams Cadaqués. Absolute category winners. Men: Damian Blaum. Women: Esther Nuñez.


Marnaton eDreams Cadaqués. Category 18-30 years old winner: Owen O’Keefe

4PM Saturday. Cap exchange with Owen.

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10PM Saturday. Dinner at Enoteca M&S with the Marnaton team – Miguel Rahola, David Campá, Irene Dalmau, Mirentxu Vignau, Alejandro Miquel -, Damian Blaum, Esther Nuñez, Miquel Suñer, Owen O’Keefe and me.

12:00AM – 6AM Sunday. Marnaton Night. Owen needed to take a bus from Cadaqués to Barcelona at 6:45AM, so we decided that the most reasonable solution was for him to stay up partying all night, which he did, of course.

The Tall Tutsies

The Tall Tutsies


from l to r: Jordi Cañellas, Mauricio Prieto, Lorena Clapers, Damian Blaum, Owen O’Keefe, Esther Núñez


Domingo Nofre, Macarena Lameiro, Ester Font, Pablo de Porcioles (before his pole dancing performance)

11AM Sunday: Swim cap exchange with Damian and Esther.

Damian Blaum, Mauricio Prieto, Esther Nuñez

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  1. Race Review: VI Marnaton “eDreams” Cadaqués (Part 1) | Owen O'Keefe

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