Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday Evening, August 15th, 2018

Phil, Craig and Niel swam a triangle clockwise. It was sunny and warm with no wind and flat water. There were seals, otters and dolphins messing about inside the buoy line. I didn't measure a water temperature but it felt like 62 to 64 degrees.  What a great way to finish off a work day!

This is Craig and Phil at the end of the Avila Pier.

I won't be swimming again until Wednesday of next week.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday Evening, August 13th, 2018

Niel and Matt swam over to the Cal Poly Pier, back to the Avila Pier and in along the pier. The conditions were great. There was some chop but it was laying down as the wind went down with the sun so things flattened out during our swim. The water temperature was a balmy 63 degrees.
What a great way to put a busy Monday behind you.

Matt at the mouth of San Luis Obispo Creek

Niel and Matt at the Cal Poly Pier

I'll be back Wednesday evening, in the water at 6.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

At 10:30 the fog was still in at Avila Beach. It was t-shirt warm and a good number of people were in the water. I measured a water temperature of 60.5 degrees. Our unusually clear water condition have returned to the more typical Central Coast water fog where 6 feet of visibility is the normal.
The fog looked like it might clear but we decided to stick close and do a clockwise triangle route in case we lost all visibility. We has some of the larger waves of the summer, 3 to 4 foot monsters and it was calm and flat. 
In the water today were Duke, Phil, Niel, Karen, Heidi, Maria, Jeff (here from New Zealand for a month) and John.  

Jeff, Heidi, Maria, Duke, Phil and Karen forming up at the start.

Jeff, Duke, Mria, Karen and Heidi at the left end of the buoy line.
The Avila Pier is in the background.

Phil, Jeff, Duke, Karen, Maria and Heidi at the end of the Avila Pier.

As we finished the sun broke through and the wind came up. In 15 minutes we had clear skies and a whitecapping chop in to the buoy line.
I'm swimming Monday and Wednesday evenings of this coming week, conditions permitting (see my post form 8/8). In the water at 6.


A Breaking Swimming Story from our Avila Dolphin Swim Ambassadors in Sitka Alaska: 

Tom and Leslie Lorish are on vacation in Alaska and did a 3K swim in Sitka.

Leslie reports - 
Cold rainy and foggy here in Sitka   Tom and I did the 3k swim.  Lots of eel grass and jumping pink salmon in the water   Nice race!!  The people Up here are wonderful 

Brrrrr!   Glad it’s over with   They have a warming tent and some people are having a very bad hypothermia reaction   They have a doctor on site so that’s good 
Sorry  no idea what the water temperature was but it was very very cold at 2 spots where the rivers dump into the bay  If I can guess I’d say 51 and under 50 in those two river mouths.

Tom says to him it felt like 53-57  and at river mouths under 53   I will say that the river mouths felt brutally cold and they had warned us about that but it still took my breath away

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Our First Evening Swim of the Year.

Heidi and I met at the beach at 5:30. It has been 85 degrees in San Luis Obispo so I was surprised how cool it was at Avila Beach. Fog was hangin over Pismo and Shell Beach and a SE wind was blowing it towards Avila. Avila was sunny when I arrived but I was glad to have my emergency fleece from the back of the Subaru because the breeze off of the fogbank was chilli. 
The east side of the Avila Pier with the fog beginning to wrap 
around Fossil Point and into Avila Beach. 

I measured a water temperature of 60 degrees. The surface conditions were a medium chop and no waves.  The wind was dropping so things became smoother as we swam. 
We did a counterclockwise triangle and as we swam the fog closed in on Avila. 
Heidi at the buoy near the creek mouth looking east
checking out the fog bank moving into Avila Beach.

Niel at the end of the Avila Pier with the fog complete to the west of us.

From the end of the pier we could not see the buoys on the east side of the pier so we navigated by glimpses of the headlands and headed for where the last buoy should be.
We got a bit too far to the right (see the plot) but we did find the easternmost buoy. We could just see the next buoy in the line so we swam back to the pier one buoy at a time.
We covered a bit over a mile and had a great time. 


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

This was the best day we have had this year. The conditions were warm, sunny, calm, flat, clean and a 60 degree water temperature. 

 We planned a 1.5 mile swim, starting off going down the buoy line to the left, to the end of the Avila Pier, over to our spot on the Cal Poly Pier and back to our starting point. 
In the water today were Niel, Duke, Heidi, Karen, Matt, Jim, Phil, Sue, Kerri and John Hampsey.
Heidi, Karen, Duke, Matt and Jim at the eas end of the buoy line.

Kerri and her sister Sue at the same spot.

Jim, Duke and Phil at the end of the Avila Pier

Matt and Jim at the same spot. 
The Cal Poly Pier is in the background, some 615 M distant.

Duke at the Cal Poly PIer

Evening Swims:
I'm up for some evening swims in the coming weeks. This time of the year it is usually really beautiful at Avila at the end of the day. 
I'm planning on getting in the water at 6. This may turn out to be a bit late so after the first time it may be adjusted earlier.
My plan is to swim on 
Wednesday, the 8th
Monday the 13th
Wednesday the 15th
Wednesday the 22nd
Friday the 24th.
Those are the evenings that will work for me this month. Everyone is welcome to work out other days to suit people's interest and availability.

I hope to see some familiar faces this coming Wednesday at 5:45.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

We had a complicated start to our swim today. Avila is rarely foggy but Sunday morning the soup was in and hanging along the beach. It would lift and then come back in giving no good sense when it might clear. Also, on Wednesday the Harbor Patrol had sighted an 8' white shark near the Cal Poly Pier so the caution signs were up. I find the advice on the sign amusing, the poorest swimmers in the ocean are supposed to manage to keep themselves away from some of the best swimmers in the ocean. It is good advice but I'm not sure how us meat puppets are supposed to accomplish it. 
Anyway, no sharks had been sighted for 72 hours so the warning was being lifted as we got in. With the fog we decided to swim up and back along the buoy line because the next buoy in the line would be visible and if we lost even that it is easy to turn and follow the swell in to the beach.
Swimming today were Niel, Tom, Jim, Stephanie, Karen, Maria and Sue. Tom did his own swim on the east side of the buoy line, Niel, Karen, Stephanie and Maria did a lap of the buoy line and Jim and Sue did the buoy line plus an extra lap of east side. The water temperature was 58.5 and with no sun was feeling quite a bit colder than last week's sunny 62. 

I managed to catch a lot of caps but few faces in this photo.
From the left that is Karen, Stephanie, a green cap, yellow cap, Sue and an orange cap.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

We had great conditions today: it was warm and sunny on the beach, the water was 62 degrees, there was a light wind and small wind waves out of the SE. 
Swimming today were some people we had not seen in a while, Paula dropped in for a break from the pool and Brad was in town from the Bay Area and had not swum with us in 4+ years. The rest of the group was Niel, Duke, Eric, Tom, Leslie, Jonny, John, Karen and Stephanie.
Today's route was to go east down the east side of the buoy line and beyond towards Fossil Point until we were seaward of the point, then back to the easternmost buoy, over to the end of the Avila Pier and in along the pier. There was also a swim that stayed along the buoy line, a group that went to Fossil Point but went back along the buoy line, and a group that went from the point directly to the end of the Avila Pier.

The group getting fromed up at the first buoy.
Paula, Karen, Jonny, Eric, Stephanie and John

Off of Fossil Point
Karen, Duke, Stephanie, Leslie, somebody's foot and Eric

Tom wanted to taks some pictures of me swimming under him.


An art shot by Tom.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

We had two courses today; one group would do our usual triangle route clockwise while the second would split off at the end of the Avila Pier and head over to the Cal Poly Pier, come back to the buoy line at the creek mouth and back to the start. The first route would be a mile and the second about 1.25. I did the longer route of the two and then did an additional two laps of the buoy line. I was looking for 3.5 miles and was coming up short so it took a last leg from the creek mouth to the end of the Avila Pier. I still wound up a bit short at 3.34 miles.
Our swimmers were Niel, Tom, Leslie, Heidi, Hillary, Jim, Karen, Sydney, Sam, John, Jonny, Maria and Anna Bay.
The water temperature was 56 to 59 and started out flat, calm and clear with a hint of wind. It built up into a nasty little chop, not quite breaking but just high to get in my mouth too often. 

Everyone heading out to the first buoy.

Jim (our only bareback today), Tom, Leslie and Anna Bay
at the end of the Avila Pier

Niel at the Cal Poly Pier

Leslie, Jim (hidden) and Anna Bay at the Cal Poly Pier

Hillary joining us. 
The Avila Pier is in the background, 616M away. 

Selfie by Tom. 


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

With temperatures hitting 100 degrees in San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach was the place to be this weekend. Temperatures at the beach were in the 80's, there was a funny little breeze and chop out of the SE and nice clear 61 degree water.
Swimming today were Duke, Niel, Tom, Leslie, Brandy, Heidi and Karen.

There was something funny in the water because I forgot to start my watch and Heidi forgot to turn hers off, so we have her plot of the swim and her drive home. It is a nice way to put up a killer distance at an impressive pace. 
Tom plotted today's route as our usual clockwise triangle but with detours that took us by 4 sailboats. Duke logged a distance of 1.16 miles.
The conditions are warm enough that I switched from my
Patagonia 3 mil surf suit to a tri suit. 

Karen, Leslie, Brandy, Duke and Heidi.
 At the end of the buoy line east of the Avila Pier, 
Tom giving directions for the next leg.

The same spot. Karen, Heidi, Duke, Leslie and Brandy

At the end of the Avila Pier. Everyone blowing a kiss to our 
friends who were married this weekend. 

Give Tom the camera and you will get something different.

We will be back next Sunday for more full summer conditions. 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Tom's 4th of July Swim
Always ready with a theme, Tom suggested this route today as a 4th of July tribute.  Previously Tom has has us doing letters, names and symbols so swimming a route that would trace out a number four was just the thing.

I had a reading of 58.5 degrees in the surf on an incoming tide which sounded pretty nice. We had solid overcast, a light wind out of the south and a bit of chop on the water.

Getting in the water today were Niel, Heidi, Duke, Tom, Leslie, Sydney, Sam, Karen, Jonny, John, Stephanie and Brandy.
Stephanie, Heidi, Tom, Sam (behind), Leslie and Sydney getting in

 Karen, Heidi, Jonny and Stephanie at the first buoy

 Stephanie, Sam, Leslie, Tom, Duke and Sydney at the top of the 4

Karen, Sydney, Leslie, Stephanie and Tom at the end of the Avila Pier.

Post swim John and Jonny.  
We are finally getting some sun!

Sydney, Sam, Niel, Heidi and probably Tom's hand.

Most everyone has early commitments on the 4th so we will not swim on the holiday. We'll be in the water as usual on Sunday, 7/8.