Avila started out OK and evolved into quite nice today. At 10:30 it was sunny but with thin high clouds and a slight offshore breeze. There was also a slight current running form left to right, parallel to the beach. Rob and I had considered going out to the Fossil Point rock today but a water temperature of 54.5 made us reconsider. Neither of us had been in water that was below 55 degrees since last spring. We decided that this was not the best day to do a swim with a turnaround point 3/4's of a mile offshore with no way to shorten the route if someone became uncomfortable. Amy was swimming with us and was game for some distance so we decided to swim over to the Poly Pier and back to the Avila Pier. This route can be from 1+ to almost 2 miles depending on decisions made at 2 points along the route so it was a good choice. Duke and Angela came by as we were getting ready, heading out on a two/three run, (Duke does 2 miles while Angela does 3). We started on the west side of the Avila Pier and swam down the buoy line to the creek. At this point we had collected a group of 4+ seals who would follow us for the rest of the swim. We swam over to the Poly Pier, back to the end of the Avila Pier and in to the beach. By the time we reached the Avila Pier the clouds had gone, the sun was warm and the offshore breeze had died away. It was very pleasant on the beach afterwards with a small school of dolphins out off of the end of the pier.
This swim was about 1 -1/4 miles and we were in the water for 46 minutes.