Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Escape to Smith Rock Swim

Tom and Brian and Niel and Russell's Fabulous Adventure

This morning Tom and Niel swam from the base of the Avila Pier to and around Smith Rock and got out at the base of the Harford Pier. 

The route was 2.43 miles. It was sunny and calm with very good swimming conditions.
The water temperature was 51 degrees. Niel was accompanied by Russell on his paddleboard and Tom had Brain with him in a kayak.  Tom finished in one hour, Niel finished in 1:17:39.

Russell, Niel, Brian and Tom

Our destination.  Smith Rock is to the west of the Harford Pier, inside of the breakwater. It is the white poop covered rock. The larger rock in the background that is part of the breakwater is Whaler's Rock.
Around 1900 there were 3 or 4 families living on Smith Rock

 Getting started just before 9 o'clock. 
 Tom and Brian

Tom Says 'The water feels just like Maui!'

Russell and Brian
I'm at the end of the Cal Poly Pier

 Leslie took this one from the Harford Pier. That is Brian having just passed a buoy. 
Tom is there somewhere. 

Russell and I at Smith Rock.

 Tom bringing it home. 

 Russell and Niel at the finish

The swimming conditions were flat and windless with clean but cold water.  I didn't notice any change in the water temperature during the swim.  During the last leg from Smith Rock to the get out we had some counter currents, surge and swell from the waves that were rebounding off of the cliff face to our left. The wind started to pick up shortly after we got out.
Thanks go to Tom for mothering this swim into reality and to Leslie for shlepping our stuff over to the port and for taking a bunch of pictures.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I was out of town so here is today's swim report from Tom Lorish;

Niel, here is my blog report for Sunday April 24th:

Blog report from TOM:

Apparently The Man in the Gray Suit was in town… Saturday… a credible sighting. (I could not find this in the Tribune Tom, what was your source?   niel),   Of course, The Man in the Gray Suit lives out there, right?  Hmm.  Food for thought… or more precisely, thought about being food.

Anyway, it was a beautiful day at Avila – a little bit of a breeze, a few scattered clouds, warm, but not hot.  Swimming today was Duke, Jim, Roberto, Nicole (? – I may have this wrong), John Hampsey, and Tom.  The group swam out to the first buoy and went left towards the point.  We met up at the last buoy on that side and back down the line to the creek mouth buoy on the other side of the pier and back in.  The traditional buoy line mile.  A metric mile if Duke’s wrist device is accurate.  A good swim on a nice day. 

Thanks Tom.

Beginning Wednesday, April 27th, Dave Van Mouwerik will be competing in the 2016 SCAR swim in Arizona, swimming forty miles in four lakes in four days.
Besides the event website there should be event posts on social media, but I do not know which forum.

Dave - Best of luck and success and have fun.  


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

We had a beautiful spring day today; a hot and crowded beach like summer but cold water temperatures. I measured 54 degrees in the surf but we agreed that it was more like 52 once you were outside the surf line.  The water temperature varied by 2 or 3 degrees during the swim. We do have buoys and lifeguards now.  Swimming today were Pete, Sylvia, Tom Lorish, Jim, Niel, Amy and John. There were four different routs today. Pete and Sylvia, the non wetsuit swimmers, swam their own route. Tom Lorish was on call so he swam his own route along the buoy line, popping up to check with Leslie by hand signals every 10 minutes to see if he needed to call in. Niel, Jim, Amy and John swam over to the Cal Poly Pier. Amy and John returned along the same route while Niel and Jim swam to the end of the Avila Pier and in. Our route was 1 - 1/4 miles. 

Jim and John at the creek mouth

Jim at the Poly Pier

Summer in April at Avila today.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I had a meeting and was unable to swim so todays report is by Tom Lorish. . 

“The Port San Luis buoy was 56.5 this morning.  Niel would say it it’s 54.5 though.”  That was Pete before we got in the water. 
It was a cooler spring day at Avila today.  Mostly overcast with the sun peeking through every now and again.  As the lifeguard pushed the “No Dogs” sign into the sand, the water temperature conversation continued with the arrival of another swimmer. 
“I heard it was cold last week, what is it today?”  It was cold last week. 
Swimming today was Rick, Duke, John Hampsey, Tom and Pete.  The group headed out along the pier to about the halfway point and turned left towards the reef buoy.  Pete did his own thing. 
“This is definitely warmer than last week.  I’d say 54-55.”  That’s probably right. 
After gathering at the reef buoy, the group swam to the end of the pier and around to the creek mouth.  At the various gathering spots, Rick told a story of a serial cheating Iron Woman.  “Why would she do that?” someone asked philosophically. 
“She claims her dog ate her chip on two of the occasions, and that her race number fell off on the other.”  Hmm.  Seems like a stretch. 
“Let’s keep swimming; I’m getting cold.” 
From the creek mouth, we swam back under the pier and in.  I’m not sure of the time or the distance – probably about 40 minutes and 1.15 miles. 
“Those guys don’t know what they’re f****ng talking about”  That was Pete again – after the swim.  He had swum by the lifeguard training boat.  They told him their thermometer read 51 degrees.  He was appalled at this ridiculous notion. 
This is what I can tell you:  The water today was in fact warmer than last week, but cooler than it’s been in the past.  That’s what I know. 
As I was leaving, a couple folks were coming down the stairs.  I overheard one say to the other, “What do you the water temperature is?”


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

It was cold today; foggy/overcast and cold on the beach and cold in the water. I measured a 51 in the suds at the base of the pier and the guards had posted a 47. That is a choice between cold and really cold. 
Swimming today were Niel, Tom and Evan.  We went out along the pier and left to the buoy at the reef, then to the end of the pier. We headed towards the creek until we got to the large round mooring buoy, turned right and came under the pier and them in along the pier to the beach for .94 mile. It was tough getting my face in and I was halfway to the buoy at the reef before the sense of shocking cold left my face and feet. After that we had a very nice swim. 

 That is Tom and Evan (behind the droplet) at the reef buoy.
 In the middle of the frame is an otter that is often at this litltle reef. 
Tom selfe