Tom's Figure Eight SwimTom came up with a good one today. I do not think that in all of the years that I have been swimming here that I have done this exact route before. He wanted to swim a figure 8. It was a few strokes less than 1.5 miles and offered a lot of places for people to drop off.
The route was out to the first buoy, east to the last buoy, to the end of the Avila Pier, in along the pier to the first buoy,under the pier and west along the buoy line to the last buoy at the creek mouth, then back to the end of the pier and in along the pier to our starting point.
Swimming today were Niel, Ivana, Hillary, Rob Dumouchel!, visiting from Eureka, Heidi, Tom, Duke, Karen, Maria. Rob's friend Keili and Maria's brother Paul (here from New Zealand for a month) watched out stuff. Ivana had to swim short to make an appointment and Rob had not been in the water in some while so they stayed along the buoy line.
I got a water temperature reading of 56 degrees, out first above 55 this season. There were some spots that were definitly 56 and some others that were more like 54. It was solid overcast, we never had any sun, and calm with flat clear water and small surf. There was a push starting to build out of the SW that hadn't gotten too strong while we were swimming.
Hillary and Karen at the first buoy
Maria and Heidi at the same spot
Tom at the last buoy to the east
Heidi, Maria and I, scouting the route to the end of the pier
Tom like to try underwater photos
so this time he had me swim under him.
Hillary, Heidi and Karen behind her before heading to the Avila Pier.
Duke and Tom
Hillary, Heidi and Maria
We met up with Rob and that is Duke, back at the first buoy after we
had come in along the pier for the first time.
Photo documentation of Duke rounding the last buoy at the creek.
There was some discussion between Duke and Tom about
who may have short cut the course.
With no sun we did not stay on the beach as long as usual.