Today's group consisted of Niel, Rob, Sam, Katy, Heather, Amy, Rich, John, Rick, Sylvia and Yvonne. We were joined by two guests today; Rich was visiting the area from Santa Cruz and joined us to try out our Central Coast water and Heather is training for her first triathlon with an ocean swim. The water was 58 degrees with a bit of wind chop that was being pushed up by an odd wind out of the SW. We are also seeing more pelicans and some dolphins so the bait fish must be arriving. There was a regatta in the process of being organized near the end of the Avila Pier so we all elected to stick to the buoy line and avoid the maneuvering sailboats. Sylvia and Yvonne started early as is their usual plan. The rest of the group planned to start out to the left and to come back under the pier, continue to the creek and return to our starting place. Rob and I spent some time with Heather helping her get comfortable with the cold water and the chop. She, Rob and Amy came in when they returned to the pier while the six of us continued. We covered a short mile and had a good swim.
We had a number of swimmers out racing today; Tom and Leslie were successful yesterday in their 3 mile swim in Lake Washington, Duke was doing the Goleta tri today, I believe that Casey and Brad were racing somewhere and Dave Van Mouwerik traveled to Sweden earlier this week to prepare for his 20 mile +/- lake swim.