This morning Rob put up a notice on the Central Coast Open Water gmail group (firstname.lastname@example.org) that there had been a sewage spill in Shell Beach and the closing of the beach in that area. The east end of Avila Beach had failed its weekly water quality test on Monday the 23rd, before the spill, but there would be no additional water quality testing at Avila Beach until next Monday. The in shore current in that area runs northwards along the shore from Shell Beach towards Avila Beach. The regular swimmers debated the safety of getting in tonight on line, but with no current water quality data available all we had to go on was a gut feeling (a bad pun, I know, but somehow appropriate) and we decided to sit out this evening.
The beach closure had been cleared by 4 PM.