Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Evening, July 19th, 2017

At 5:45 Avila Beach was sunny, warm and windy. The breeze was out of the SE and was strong enough to push up a wind chop but no whitecaps. The water still fairly clear and I recorded a temperature of 65 F / 18.333 C.
I was expecting to be by myself and no one else showed. I hung out for a while and decided I was more interested in dinner than swimming. 

I'll be back Sunday.

niel

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017


On Friday that was a credible sighting of a 10' shark (what species?) over at the Olde Port Pier, 2 miles away.  We planned a swim without too much concern.  The plan was to swim parallel to the beach to Fossil Point, then to the end of the Avila Pier, to the last buoy at the creek mouth and back to our starting place. That would be about 1.5 miles or 2400 M. It was sunny, warm and calm with very clear water and 2 foot plus waves. I recorded a water temperature reading of 64 F or 17.778 C in shallow water, so we were looking at 60+ outside the surf line.   It was looking like a very nice day for a swim. 
We had 17 (!) swimmers. I hope that I got everyone's name down correctly; Niel, Duke, Jeff from New Zealand, Dave Van Mouwerik, Heidi, Amy (back from an extended backpacking trip), Sydney, Sam, Steve from Bakersfield, Maria, Pete, Jeff from San Luis Obispo, John, Jonny, Pallakka from Brazil, Tom and Leslie Lorish. 
As we were wading in one of the lifeguards told Duke and John that a (the?) shark had been sighted in the same location on Saturday.  The no wetsuit part of the group had already started for our from up point at the last buoy towards Fossil Point so we held a swim conditions update when we all got to the buoy. Everyone decided to continue to the point. From there part of the group headed back along the buoy line while the rest continued on the original route.  


 Duke saying the S word at the last buoy.
Duke, Amy, John, Sydney, Maria(?), Pete, Sam, San Luis Jeff
 San Luis Jeff, Jonny, Leslie, Heidi
Steve, Dave Van Mouwerik, Pallakka, Jeff from New Zealand


Jeff, Tom Lorish and Duke at the end of the Avila Pier. 

When we arrived at the buoy at the creek mouth we met most of the group that had come back along the buoy line. They had continued under the pier and met up with us.

This was one of the nicest swims I have enjoyed in a long time. The water was comfortable, flat and clear with a great group of people to swim with.

Heidi is will miss this Wednesday evening, Maria is a maybe, I'm planning on coming. How about Duke (come on, leave work early) Brenda or Amelia?

niel

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday Evening, July 12, 2017


Here is the Wed evening swim report from Heidi Bezaire:


It was Ladies Night at Avila.  Swimming Wednesday evening at 6 pm were Brenda, Amelia, Maria and Heidi.  It was sunny, the air temp was around 70 F and the Port reported a water temp of 61 F.  During the swim, Heidi's cheap-o watch displayed water temps ranging 59-61 F.  There was a steady breeze out of the east, creating some chop.

The water felt balmy and pleasant, compared with many of our colder Sunday morning swims.  We swam a counter-clockwise triangle, which meant that during our first leg east along the buoy line we swam head on into a chop that often slapped us on the head.  In contrast, our swim to the end of the pier and then to the 2nd buoy on the west side was smooth.  

At that point, Brenda and Amelia headed to shore so they could head to the hills for a sunset hike.  Maria and Heidi continued to the 4th buoy on the west side then swam back under the pier where we paused to watch a majestic pelican poised on the pier, silhouetted by a setting sun.  Or, was he watching us…?    

Looking forward to Sunday’s swim.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday, July 9th, 22017


We had 11 swimmers today; Niel, Duke, Lee, Sydney, Sam, Heidi, Stephanie, Maria, Pete, Jonny and John. There was fog and overcast that cleared as we were getting in the water. I measured a water temperature of 57.7 F / 14.167 C but it felt warmer. There was a slight breeze and a long 1 foot swell out of the SE. 

Getting started. That is Pete in the white cap. 


From the left, Lee, counting caps, Maria, Sydney, Jonny, Sam and Stephanie. 

Group up at the mouth of the creek.

At the Cal Poly Pier. Duke, Sydney, Sam and Lee

Sydney, Sam, John, Heidi and Jonny

From the Cal Poly Pier was retraced our route back to the Avila Pier. About half of the group went in while the rest continued down the east half of the buoy line and back for an additional 1/2 mile.
My plot seems to indicate that I followed the same path from the creek mouth to the Cal Poly Pier and back except that I swam through several patches of kelp on the leg back. I must have been just outside of the kelp on the way out.

After our swim while we were on the beach we were treated to dolphins jumping near the little reef outside the buly line and then a visit by one or two humpback whales.

Heidi would like to swim this Wednesday evening. Maria is a maybe. Duke and I can't make it. Girls, see if you can get this organized.

niel

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday Evening, July 5th, 2017

Swimming this evening were Maria and Niel. Avila Beach was sunny with a light wind from the east. The water temperature was 61 degrees F / 16.6 degrees C.  We swam a triangle counterclockwise. Maria decided to ditch her neoprene and enjoy the real ocean swimming experience. The spike in our route off of the end of the pier is a hiccup from Garmin.

Maria at our starting point.

Approaching the mouth of the creek.


Out at the end of the pier we were exposed to the glassy rollers that the 
wind was pushing from the east. 

Coming back to our starting point.

With the water temperature back up Wednesday evenings are a very pleasant time to swim.

niel

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The 2017 Fourth of July Swim


We had seven swimmers for the 4th of July Swim; Niel, Heidi, Duke, Sara, Maria John and Jonny.  There was dense fog or overcast, an air temperature of 58 degrees, no wind, nice transparent water and a water temperature of 54F/12.2C degrees.

The fog was hanging in close to the water so we decided to stick to the buoy line.

Duke (out of the frame to the left) John, Maria, Sara, Jonny and Heidi at the first buoy.
Our route would be out to the first buoy, under the pier, down to the creek, then doubling back past the first buoy to the opposite end of the line and back to the pier. 

Sara and Jonny at the mouth of San Luis Obispo Creek

The same spot, Maria and John catching up. 


Same spot, Heidi, John, who is explaining why we was halfway to the beach, and Maria. 

Duke back at our starting point with the others coming under the pier.

Sara, Maria, Jonny, Heidi, John and Duke at the opposite end of the buoy line. We'd lose sight of the beach at times.

In spite of the foggy and cool conditions we has a great swim. The water was very smooth and we all felt like we were gliding along. 
John and the pot luck; Niel's strawberries and blueberries with shortcake and vanilla yogurt, John's home grown Santa Rosa plums, Heidi's coffee infused brownies 
and Maria's fruit kabobs.

We will swim tomorrow evening, Wednesday, at 6 PM. Duke, Jonny, Niel and Maria are planning on showing up. 

niel

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017


We had a nice group today with some new and returning swimmers joining the regulars.
Jeff (from San Luis Obispo), Sylvia, Niel, Heidi, Jonny, Mason (Jonny's friend from Santa Margarita, new to ocean swimming) Sam, Sara and Mackenzie (Sam was swimming, Sara was paddling their kayak named Shark Bait with 2 year old Makenzie navigating) Maria, Jeff (here for 5 weeks from New Zealand, no wetsuit), Duke, John and Christian (from L.A. and in the area for the weekend. It was overcast with a water temperature of 56.5, 5 degrees colder than last Wednesday evening.  :-(

I'm recovering from a cold so a 1/2 mile along the buoy line was right for me.

 Duke took the group on a clockwise triangle. 

Sara, Mackenzie, Sam and Shark Bait. Sorry about the water droplet. 

Grouping up at the first buoy. 

The rest of the group at the first buoy. 


Everyone at the last buoy on the left of the pier. From here I headed back to the start while the group swam to the end of the Avila Pier, to the SLO Creek mouth and back along the west half of the buoy line to the start. 

Major Congratulations and a 'Way to Kick Those 70 Year Olds Youngsters Butts' to Sylvia Glenn!

At 79 years Sylvia finish first in the 75 to 79 Semana Nautica One Mile Swim Saturday finishing 15 minutes ahead of second place. Next year anyone in the 80 to 84 age group should be very concerned.

4th of July Swim -

We will swim the morning of the 4th. In the water at 10AM, an hour earlier than usual to beat (most) of the traffic and get home in plenty of time for the rest of the day.
If you are coming bring a snack to share to celebrate the day.

On the 4th we will see if anyone wants to double back and swim Wednesday evening on the 5th. It was sure beautiful last week. 

niel

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Evening, 28 June 17


Maria, Jonny and I did a very casual and relaxing .9 mile swim at 6 PM. The water temperature was 61, the wind had died away and it was beautiful in the water. I had not done a Wednesday evening in a while and I'd forgotten what a great way it is to put the work day behind you.
Maria and Jonny at the Avila Pier


Maria and Jonny

Niel and Jonny

Maria closing the gap.


 niel



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday June 25th, 2017




It was warm and sunny at Avila beach with an air temperature in the upper 70's and a water temperature of 59 degrees.  No wind to speak of, an occasional 3 to 4 foot wave and nice clear water. We had a nice crowd today; Niel, Sylvia, Duke, Dave Van Mouwerik, Steve, Heidi, Sydney, Katy, Maria, Jonny, John Hampsey, and Peter Kelly. 
It was nice to see Dave VM. He joins us when he needs to do some ocean acclimation prior to an ocean swim, which are anywhere between 6 and 20+ miles. Steve is a friend of Dave's who was over from the valley and joined us. Katy is from Utah and is here for the summer.

Sylvia and Peter would do their own swims. The rest of the group decided to swim the buoy line from the Avila Pier to its east end and to then see how everyone felt about distance and conditions. At the east end of the buoy line the water felt wonderful and everyone was enjoying themselves so we decided to swim to the end of the Avila Pier. 

Dave and Steve

 

 From the end of the pier we could head for the mouth of the creek which would end up being a 1 mile swim or head over to the Cal Poly Pier and come back which would be a 1.5 mile swim.  Everyone voted for 1.5 miles so to the Poly Pier it was. 
Grouping up at the Cal Poly Pier

From the C.P. Pier we swam back to the mouth of the creek, along the buoy line to our starting point on the east side of the Avila Pier and came in. I had 1.52 miles. Dave and Steve did an additional 1/2 mile along the buoy line. 
Steve Snyder and Nan joined us after the swim. The had come to the beach to watch the launch of a Falcon9 rocket from Vandenberg at 1:25, so I hung around. The launch was to put 7 (?) or 9(?) communications satellites into orbit. This photo is just after launch. The flare from the rocket is just above the gray line of clouds on the horizon and to the right of the white clouds. I think that the dark object above the white clouds is a bird. 

 You can see the flair of the rocket clearly in this picture.  Steve had some powerful field glasses and he could see the body of the rocket. 
 Gaining altitude. 
I lost sight of it when it was double this distance above the horizon. Just after that Steve saw the separation of the first stage and we began to hear the roar of the rocket.

Wednesday Evening Swim

There will be a swim this Wednesday evening. In the water at 6. We'll see if we can keep this going this summer.

Next Sunday we will plan a 4th of July Swim. Details will be in next Sunday's post. 

niel

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday Evening, June 21, 2017


Our First Wednesday Evening Swim of the Summer!



Wednesday Evening Swim, Johnny & myself had a nice chat (he has some most excellent travel stories) as we waited for anyone else who might show. Brenda, Amelia rocked up & that became our group of participants. Very nice weather on the beach and with no one having swam to the point, that became our route. Very minor surface chop with the temp being somewhere around 58°.
As we regrouped at the point I described the course for the Triple Martini. (we think Brenda took it to heart, since her direction looked like she was going to attempt it right then and there :) All in good fun. A very successful swim with the ladies following it up by adding a hike directly after.  See y'all Sunday.

Have Just a Magic Day !
Duke

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunday, July 18th, 2017


I was out of town so this week's post if provided by Duke.


Pretty much perfect conditions for the Sunday Swim and at 10:58am and it was just ..... Duke. (Angela had dropped him off crutches & all). Then Sarah rocks up extremely  pumped to get in (fresh from Alcatraz Tri. where they had canceled the swim). It was just her and I ready to head out when two more ladies walk up that had seen the post on Facebook wanting to join in. (Brenda & Amelia). Sarah elects for a group photo and we head into the water. It seems about 55/56° and a bit rough. We had elected to swim the buoy line where the ladies are introduced to the word  "Maytag Swim" but they handle it great.  Upon returning back to the first buoy there sits Johnny with the comment "Duke, I think this is the first time I've ever beaten you to the buoy" (good laughter). He then joins us under the pier to the last buoy on the other side. A return to the beach with the ladies and Johnny completes swimming as we did solo. A very nice Father's Day Swim for all. 

On a side note, it's looking like 4 of us are planning this Wednesday afternoon a 5:30 PM Swim. Any & all who are of interest would be more than invited to join. 

Have Just a Magic Day !
Duke