Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

We had a great swim today with nice conditions and 15 people in the water. It was sunny with a light wind . The water was clear and the temperature was posted at 59. It felt like the high 50's once you got away from the colder water near the shore. Swimming today were Niel, Hedie, Duke, Chad, Tom, Rachel, Cheryl, Holly, Peter, Jeff John, Sue, Archie, Sydney and Sammie. I apologize, we had a lot of new swimmers today and I'm not able to match all of the faces in the photos with the names.
The plan was to swim the east (left) side of the buoy line and continue to the end of the Avila Pier where we would break up into shorter and longer swims. When we formed up at the last buoy 3 swimmers decided to stay along the buoy line and returned the way we had come. At the end of the Avila Pier we had 5 people head over to the Cal Poly Pier, one swim in along the Avila Pier and the remaining 5 (Peter always swims solo) swam the the last buoy at the west end of the buoy line.
From the Cal Poly Pier we swam back to the west end of the buoy line, along the buoys to the Avila Pier and in. The route to the Cal Poly Pier was 1.42 miles The route shaped like a triangle the included both ends of the buoy line and the end of the Avila Pier was 1.1 miles.

Peter getting in. 

Archie, Sue and ?,? 

10 of the 15 swimmers wading in. 

Chad and Duke at the Cal Poly Pier.

Afterwards Sue treated us to a great cake with raspberries inside. Thanks!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Blog report from TOM.  Sunday August 14, 2016.

In Haiku format:

Fog at Avila…
Many people; routes for all…
Sun pokes through mid-swim.

In longer format:

It was a foggy overcast morning at Avila to start.  Well beyond the pier out in the open ocean, there was a sailing regatta in full swing – boats heeled over pretty good.  But that was out there.  On the beach, it was calm, although there was a bit of a chop on the water.

Swimming today were many – some new, some regulars, and some infrequent regulars.  It was Duke, Chad, Heidi, Tom, Jeff from New Zealand, Amy, John Hampsey, and two youngsters whose names I didn’t get.  Mark was the paddle escort on his SUP.

Most of the swimmers did some form of the buoy line, with John & Amy doing their own route that included the end of the pier.

In the words of Jeff, coming from the dead of winter in New Zealand, “The water was perfect, tropical.”  It wasn’t quite tropical, but it was nice, probably mid-high fifties.

And this from John Hampsey - 

We had a good crowd with some newcomers—Jeff from New Zealand and two teenage sisters who had recently moved to SLO from Arizona. With about ten swimmers over all and mixed levels of experience, we decided to swim the buoy line and were fortunate to have Mark joining us on his stand up board! The water was about 58 degrees south of the pier and there was medium chop. As we entered the sea we were still enshrouded inside a thin fog. After reaching the last buoy Amy and I decided to swim to the end of the pier, everyone else returned along the buoy and under the pier to continue on the north side. As Amy and I swam our diagonal, the sun began to break through creating a mystical glint of light. At the end of the pier there was a commercial fishing vessel that Amy and I and Mark avoided by swimming fairly close to the pier on the north side. By the time we returned to the beach the fog had morphed into a puffy-white layer a few miles out to sea and we were under a gorgeous blue crystalline Avila sky.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

We had beautiful conditions and a nice crowd with a mixture of familiar and new swimmers and a few we have not seen in awhile. Swimming today were Sylvia, Niel, Heidi, Rob, Danilu, Rachel, Ben, Jeffery, Chris, Jim, Johnny, Elizabeth and Gerry Gross. Most of us completed the triangle counterclockwise. Rob and Danilu did a half triangle and came in along the pier. Gerry Gross did his own swim. 

Rob Dumouchel dropped in from Humboldt County for a swim visit 

With the number of of new people I did not get all of the caps, faces and names sorted out,so I can't properly do captions. The water was clean, clear, flat and about 55 to 58 degrees, with some extra warm spots and much colder water under the pier. 

We enjoyed great conditions and a beautiful day to swim.


I'll be traveling and not at the beach the next two Sundays. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

We had 10 swimmers and nice conditions today. It was sunny and calm with clear water (for the Central Coast) and a water temperature over at the Port of 59 degrees. Niel, Rick, Stephanie, Marcus and Liz swam half of the buoy line. Tom and Jim did a triangle, adjusted because of the presence of a high speed watercraft.  Sylvia and Heidi swam the buoy line and Peter did his own swim.

Sylvia and Heidi's Route

Marcus, Liz, Jim and Tom getting in

Liz, Stephanie, Rick, Marcus and Jim at the first buoy

Rick and Marcus at the left end of the buoy line

Stephanie at the end of the buoy line. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

I was out of town so Tom provided this week's swim report.

Blog report from TOM:   Sunday July 24, 2016.

It was a breezy summer day at Avila.  A little on the cooler side, but tepid weather did nothing to deter the construction of the weekend shantytown along the water line.

Swimming today was Sylvia and Tom.  Both did some form of the bouy line at their own pace.  The water was about 55-56 in most spots with it dipping down to 43 in the crazy cold water uprising located under and next to the pier on the west side.  There was bit of a chop, but all in all it was a good day for swimming.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday, July, 17,2016

It was cool with heavy overcast at Avila Beach this morning. There was no wind and an occasional 3' wave. The lifeguards recorded a water temperature of 58 degrees. 
Swimming today were Duke, Amy, Marcus, Stephanie, Chris (visiting from Ventura) Jim, John Hampsey and Peter Kelley. Niel and Rick were on the beach, Sylvia went wading. The group did the triangle clockwise. Stephanie and Chris came in at the halfway point along the length of the pier. Duke got a  total distance of 1 mile. Everybody said that the water close to the shore felt colder than 58 and that it was much warmer out at the end of the pier.

I do not know how big a turnout we'll have next weekend. I'll not be swimming, some people will be at the SLO Tri and others are away at other races. Stephanie wants to swim, anybody coming to keep her company?

Jim is interested in doing a relay swim this summer; Tahoe, a channel swim, Maui, suggestions... Is anybody interested in helping make a 6 for a relay?


JIm, Leslie is interested in a relay swim. If one of you will post contact information in a comment to the blog you can connect.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Swimming today were Stephanie, Amy, John, Duke and Tom. Rick and Niel were on the beach.  Everybody swam some variation of the buoy line. The air temperature was about 80 with no wind and the water was 60 degrees, clear with small waves.  I gave Tom my camera. He took a lot more pictures than I do because he is usually the first one to finish a leg and I'm off the back, so, today's blog is a story in photos. 
Avila before the swim

Tom getting in


Tom's finger and someone catching up

Duke giving hand signals




Duke and Tom. 

Under the Avila Pier
Duke said that the water felt almost 10 degrees colder under the pier. 

Above under the pier


An art shot or sea monster...?

Coming in

How about this! We were joined by Big Steve, Nan and Big Steve's beach blanket.
It was very nice to see them at the beach.
Duke, Rhonda, Rick, Steve and Nan.


I would like to give a special thanks to Jeff Mallett for putting into pictures and words a humorous view of the multi-sports athlete experience. 


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

I'm still on the beach so there's just a written report today.

Avila was crowded and gray, with thick overcast skies that didn't clear until after noon. There was no wind, the water was about 57 and swimming conditions were very good.
Tom, Stephanie, Jon and Peter were joined by visiting swimmers Brenden, Dillon, Pete, Tracy, Jeff and Haley. A few people swam up and back along the left half of the buoy line while the rest did triangle, going from the east end of the buoys to the end of the Avila Pier to the west end of the buoys at the creek and back along the buoy line to the pier. 

There will be a swim tomorrow morning at 9. The route and distance to be determined by those who show up.  It is  a nice chance to start your day off in the water before the beer and pie.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It was clear and sunny and crowded at Avila Beach today. It was comfortable on the sand but hot a few blocks inland. There was no wind, the water was nice and clear and about 57 degrees. There were numerous personal watercraft and boats offshore.  

Swimming today were Leslie, Tom, Stephanie, Duke, Rick, Johnny, Amy, John and Peter. Mark joined us on his SUP. I was at the beach but just messed around in the waves, so there are no photos or swim log today.  Everyone did a lap along the buoy line for about a mile.

Sunday, July 3rd. - We will swim as usual.
Monday, July 4th -  We will swim at 9AM and be gone before the crowds get too crazy. The Pirate's Cove swim is scrubbed and there is no set route. We may have enough support people to allow a longer swim if the number of interested swimmers and support people works out. Or, we can just do the buoy line, have some fun and start the day off right.

It is the time of the year when we hear more about sharks; sightings, warnings, talk on the beach.  There is a large amount of well researched information about sharks and what danger that they represent to people in the water at this webiste
Such as:
There are seven times more shark attacks in Florida than California.
There have been 11 confirmed shark attacks on humans in California since 1926.
and so much more.

There is no data on how Sherman's there are out there. 


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Avila was the place to be today. It was warm and sunny with a nice breeze to make it comfortable. The water temperature was 56 with some chop building up from the wind. The lifeguards told us that there was a pod of dolphins not far from where we were swimming but nobody saw them. 
Jeff and Robin got in early and swam about a mile along the buoy line. Sylvia and Peter did their own swims.  Niel, Doug, Duke, Rick, Tom, Damon and Micah swam over to the Cal Poly Pier and back to the end of the Avila Pier, where Rick, Doug and Damon came in along the pier while Niel, Tom, Duke and Micah swam to the last buoy on the Pismo side and in along the buoys to our starting point and in.  That was just a few strokes short of 1.5 miles. 

Tom, Damon, Micah and Doug at the Cal Poly Pier

Doug and Nie at the Cal Poly Pier

Duke, Doug, Tom and Damon (?) at the end of the Avila Pier.

We are still looking for additional paddlers, specifically for the 4th of July swim to Pirate's Cove, and for other 'adventure' swims during the summer. Respond to this blog if you are interested. 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday, July 12, 2016

A Better Sombrero Swim -

We did this route for the first time a few weeks ago. This time we modified the route to make the 'crown' wider to improve the outline.
In the water today were Nicole, Duke, Rick, Doug Parrish (welcome back!, we have not seen Doug in a long time), Peter, Tom, Niel and Sylvia AND Mark and his SUP to keep us company and visible to errant personal watercraft.
Sylvia and Peter did their own swims while the rest of the group attempted to be graphically creative.  The conditions were gray skies, no wind, 57 degree water, small surf and flat water.

Getting In: Peter, Nicole, Duke, Doug, Rick and Sylvia (behind Rick)

Nicole, Tom and Mark at the last buoy on the left of the pier.

Doug on the left side of the pier.

Duke and Tom discussing Warriors vs Cavs while in the far background everyone else heads in.

Proposed 4th of July Swim - 
The 4th is on a Monday. If we can find sufficient support we will do the 3 mile swim from Avila Beach to Pirate's Cove and back. Here is the plot from the  last time we did this swim, on July 4, 2013.

Mark and his SUP should be available. We need at least two more support people. Kayaks, paddleboard or SUP. If you are interested in supporting this swim contact Duke or myself or respond to the blog.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

It was cold and grey at Avila Beach this morning. The up side of the 'June Gloom' is less wind and warmer water. The water temperature in the shallows at the Avila Pier was 58 degrees, up 5 degrees in the last week, so we had warm(er), flat and grey swimming conditions. Swimming today were Peter, Niel, Tom, Rick, Amy, John, Marcus, Duke and Nicole.  The main group swam to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier (about mid way along its length), back to the buoy line at the Avila Pier, under to the first buoy and in. This was 1.24 miles.  I like this swim because the legs from the end of the Avila Pier to the Cal Poly Pier and back to the Avila Pier are 600 and 700 meters respectively. They are a nice chance for me to just swim and think about my stroke or whatever floats into my mind.  The sun came out when we were on the leg back to the Avila Pier and made the post swim hang out on the beach pleasant.
Amy and John swam to the end of the Avila Pier, down to the end of the buoy line at the creek and back to the Avila Pier. Peter always does his own thing. Marcus swam to the end of the Avila Pier with the main group and came back in. 

We need some (3?)  paddlers to support swimmers on some 1.5 to 3 mile swims this summer. The swims would be in along various routes in Avila Beach. A paddler can be a kayak, SUP, paddleboard. The paddlers support the swimmers by aiding in navigation and by providing a visual aid to boaters that there are swimmers in the water. If you are interested post a comment to this blog.   Thanks
Tom, getting in
Nicole, Rick, Duke, John, Amy and Marcus

Duke, Nicole, Tom and Rick at the Cal Poly Pier.
That is the third set of cross bars in the background.
They give us something to navigate towards along the length of a pier that is 900 meters long.