Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday June 16th, 2019

To the Poly Pier Another Way

Conditions were gray, overcast, cool and calm with the wind just starting to come up. I measured a water temperature of 57 but it felt more like 55 in the water, possibly due to the overcast. 
Swimming today were Tom, Niel, Duke, Emily, Heidi, Jonny, Eric and Teresa. 
This was Emily's last swim with us. She graduated in architecture yesterday and is traveling back to her home state of Minnesota on Tuesday to begin her career.  Congratulations and we'll miss you!
and this was Teresa first day to go bareback!
The plan today was to go down the buoy line on the west side of the pier to the creek mouth, over to the third set of crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier, back to the end of the Avila Pier and in. Going to the third set of crossbars instead of the usual second set would swing us out past the kelp bed that is close to shore. 
Tom with Eric behind him, pointing the way, Jonny and Heidi 
in the background and Teresa and Emily doing the chicken dance getting in.

Tom, Teresa, Emily and Eric at the 4th buoy. 
The wind had come up enough that there was a current 
and noticeable chop on the way to the Cal Poly Pier. 

Teresa, Emily, Tom and Eric at the Cal Poly Pier

The water clarity isn't what it has been.

10 feet away and all you can see is Emily or Teresa's blue cap. 

Duke got a late start, swam almost the same route 
but never quite caught up with the group.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday, July 9th, 2019

Tom's Jeopardy Route - What was the question that this route is the answer to?

Conditions today looked pretty nice, especially compared to the last few weeks.
The water temperature was 55 to 57 with some exceptional 
spots of much colder and warmer water. 
The wind was mild and out of the NW but was going to build as the day went on.   

Swimming today were Niel, Tom, Duke, Amy, Heidi, Sue, Jonny, John, Margarite, Annemarie, Emily and Katy.  Tom came up with this route and would let us know what question the plot would be the answer to. 
Niel, Tom, Margarite, Duke and Emily swam Tom's route for 1.51 miles. 
Amy, Heidi, John, Jonny, and Katy swam part of the buoy line and out to the end of the pier and back, for about .8 of a mile.
On the west side of the pier I swam into water that was both about 4 degrees colder and warmer. The warmer water was from San Luis Obispo Creek. I don't know what was the cause of the upwelling that would have made the cold spots.

Sue, Margarite, Emily and Tom at the end of the Avila Pier

NIel, Emily behind and Tom giving a hint. At the end of the Avila Pier

Niel and Emily giving Tom's hint.

A couple of water clarity checks.
The water is still nice and clear. 

Another hint from Tom. Tom had to tell all of us what the question was;
Which was is South?

 Next week we need to start planning a 4th of July Swim.


Monday, June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019

Avila was gray and wintery looking but there wa no rain or fog and the water was flat, so things were lined up for a very different swim that the week before.

I measured a water temperature of 53.5 degrees from the pier.
The view to Shell and Pismo Beaches to the east did not look like a regular June day.
Swimming today were AnneMarie, Niel, Duke, Heidi, John, Jonny, Loranne, Tom, Sara and Emily. The A Group (Niel, Tom, Duke and Emily) swim was 1.5 miles, out to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the end of the Cal Poly Pier and back along the same route. The Group B (John, Jonny, Heidi, Amy Sara and Lorraine) swim was along the buoy line to the left, to the end of the Avila Pier and in for about a .8 mile swim. AnneMarie is getting familiar with ocean swimming by going out to the first buoy and back.
Yes, the plot keeps going. I hit the Start button after getting out and continued the track all the way to San Luis Obispo.

Tom, Duke and Emily at the end of the Avila Pier. Wading in was a big surprise for everyone, my toes were telling me 51 -52, not almost 54. Emily's face was bright pink from the cold. 

Niel Dukw, Tom and Emily at the end of the Cal Poly Pier.  
The distance between the ends of the two piers is about 716 M, 
a nice opportunity to stretch out and think about your stroke.


The water was still pretty clear (for the Central Coast) without the fog 
of plankton that comes with the warm(er) water during summer.

Duke and Emily saying it more like it was, 
'I'm cold and I don't feel like smiling for the camera'. 

Instead of doubling back the way we came with us Duke decided to swim in along the Cal Poly Pier and then over to our starting point. This was 1.55 miles and we arrived at the beach at almost the same time. 

Except for the water temperature we had great swimming conditions. I'm ready for numbers above 55.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day Swim in the Rain

On Memorial Day Sunday the view from the Avila Pier towards Port San Luis was of a wet, gray windy and very wintery scene. The water temperature was down to 53 degrees and there was a steady wind out of the SW pushing a 1+ foot chop with occasional whitecaps and 2 to 3 foot swells.

The view of the beach was even stranger; there were a few people strolling on the beach but Tom and I were the only people who had set out our chairs. It began raining as we were getting suited up and continued until after we both had left the beach. 

We set our stuff under what cover there was to try and keep it dry.

We were staying on the left side of the pier because San Luis Obispo Creek had put up some uncomfortably high bacteria numbers on Thursday. 
The plan for today's swim was to go out to the end of the pier, to the 4th buoy, along the buoy line to the 3rd buoy, back to the end of the pier, in to the 2nd buoy and along the line to the first  buoy and in. 
The water was 4 degrees colder than our last swim two weeks ago and I felt the chill wading in. The leg to the end of the pier was a lot of work, even though we were in the lee of the pier there was a strong current in towards the beach and one of those nasty 1+ foot chops that is not big enough to lift you over it but big enough to break over your head. 

Niel and Tom at the end of the Avila Pier

At the fourth buoy Tom got some pictures of the swimming conditions and captured some raindrops hitting the water. 

We had a very physical swim and a great time. Each leg had a different set of conditions to deal with and with the chop there wasn't an easy leg, even with a following current.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

This Sunday Avila Beach was just about the same as last Sunday except for the lack of clouds. On the Avila Pier at the buoy line the water temperature was 57 degrees and there was a slight wind and chop out of the SW that felt like it would build as the day progressed.

Conditions are getting to be more like summer with it sunny at Avila and the fog hanging on the west facing beaches at Shell and Pismo Beaches to the east and over past the port and headlands to the west. 

Duke, Anne Marie, Niel, Tom, Sara photo by Leslie

Leslie selfie with the group

Tom with Peter Kelley, The Walrus.
Peter does his own swims at Avila, year round and bareback

Tom, Leslie and Teresa getting in. 

Duke and Anne Marie, her third swim with us

Sara, last in the water with us last summer.

Duke and Leslie at the end of the Avila Pier

Teresa, the same spot. Getting bumpy beyond the pier.

Tom and the Avila Pier

Three photos of me with Duke, Leslie and Teresa

Duke, Leslie, Teresa and Tom at the SE end of our route

The water getting more cloudy but is still unusually clear

Today's route was an M for Mom.