It was sunny, warm and windy at Avila today. At 10 AM the breeze out of the NW had already put a chop on the surface. The water looked clean and there were occasional 5+ foot waves. Rob and I had a short debate out on the pier as to whether my thermometer read right on 50 degrees or was actually 49 and a fraction. I've been in when it was 48 and 49 and wasn't going to be setting any personal records today so I was voting for 50 degrees.
Susan James was with us today as was Chad and Duke. Rob is still getting over whatever it is that has kept him out of the water for the last week and he decided to be our beachmaster today. We decided to start out along the buoy line to the left and to confer at the last buoy on the rest of the route. Getting out was not as chilling as I had expected. It did not feel any different from 52 or 53. I had to dive under a series of waves on the way out and that both hurried up my getting completely wet and gave me something other than the water temperature to think about. At the last buoy we decided to swim to the end of the pier and come in along the pier. The leg to the pier was directly into the wind and chop and was a change from the pool like conditions we have been having. Swimming got tougher when we got close to the end of the pier and became exposed to the full push of the wind and current. The swim in was easier. We got out 25 minutes after we started.
At the showers there was lots of warm water to share to take the edge off of the wind so everyone was smiling when we got back to our stuff on the sand.