Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Four Swims With Sufficient Distance -

Duke got in by himself at 10AM and swam about a mile. I arrived at the beach at 10:30 as Tom was getting in. I think that he swam over to the Cal Poly Pier. He got out just as Niel, John, Jonny, Dave, Teresa, Amy and Cynthia were getting in. Tom and Duke both thought that the water temperature was 56 -57 degrees. I'd agree with that. It had been glassy and calm up to when the group got in at 11. Promptly on the hour the wind came up quickly and hard and there were whitecaps on the water as we got in. John, Jonny and Amy swam down the beach to Fossil Point and back. Niel, Cynthia, Dave and Teresa swam the triangle counter clockwise until we got to the buoy at the reef. Cynthia had headed in from the end of the pier and Teresa swam back to the end of the Avila Pier and over to the Cal Poly Pier and back.


The groups' course
Maintaining proper distances while suiting up and getting in. 

Dave and Teresa at the mouth of SLO Creek

Cynthia at the same spot.

niel



Monday, March 23, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

By Leslie - 


Leslie

AttachmentsSun, Mar 22, 11:43 AM (23 hours ago)
to me
We were good civilians and swam 6 feet apart 😈  choppy and rough  but not cold   Theresa was in when I got there .  She had already done a lap but generously agreed to go another with me   We headed out to the reef buoy then to the end of the pier and back in   Theresa stayed in to do some body surfing as the waves are pretty nice!  Hope to see you all soon!  Leslie

Leslie

Totally blown out compared to Saturday but still warm!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Great Swim in the Big Pool


The big pool was open today for a long course swim. With rain predicted for tonight and tomorrow Saturday was a chance to get in the water when the bacteria count was low.

Swimming conditions at Avila were just about perfect; no wind, flat seas with clear water that was warm(er) what we have had in months. The pier is closed but after the swim I waded out past the surf line and measured a water temperature of 58 degrees! 

In for a Saturday immersion were Hillary, complete with an updated version of her GoPro float, now upgraded to an official Avila Dolphin Party Boat with the addition of a shark and flamingo hula dancers. Along for the fun were Dave, Tom, Phil and Niel. Phil got in late and did a mile or so on his own.

We have life guards on the weekends now, cool.



The plan was to swim out to the not yet in place buoy line, under the pier and west to opposite the mouth of the creek, over to the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier, to the end of the Avila Pier and in (more or less).  

Hillary and the party boat

Tom, Dave and Hillary at the Avila Pier

The Ducky water thermometer was consistently optimistic. 

The view from the party boat near the creek mouth 
with the Cal Poly Pier in the background

Dave and Tom at the Cal Poly Pier

Hillary, the same place with the Avila Pier in the background

Niel at the end of the Avila Pier

Hillary at the same spot, getting some photos of me.

I'll add Hillary's photos when I get them.

niel


 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Winter Arrives In March



We had a wonderful string of sunny, warm and dry weeks in January and February but, thankfully, winter arrived in March.  3+ inches of rain earlier in this week put the first flush to the creeks in the county and San Luis Obispo Creek put up some number for enterococcus  bacteria (the EPA indicator for the presence of human waste) that were 60 to 120 times the maximum level for safe contact with the water. This is not unusual for the first heavy rains but it makes today a good day to enjoy the rain and stay out of the water.


niel  

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

I was out of town for Sunday's swim so Tom and Heidi covered for me with a wright up and photos.

Thanks!


Following what now accounts for a major storm in SLO County, Sunday at Avila cleaned up to be an extraordinary day – deep blue skies with the scattered remaining storm clouds off to the east and west, crispy clear clear air with amazing visibility in every direction, including in the water.  Beautiful.  Swimming today was Heidi, Hillary, Theresa, and Tom.  Hillary, as you can see in the picture, has upped the game for documenting the swims and conditions.  Her companion vessel, the USS Hillary, was equipped with a Go Pro and a temperature monitoring little ducky!  We’re looking forward to this vessel being captained by some choice figurines. 😊 

As a precaution, our swim route was exclusively on the eastside – we swam out to the end of the Avila Pier then around the reef buoy and back to mid-point in the pier and in – just about a mile (1,743 yards to be precise).  The water temp ranged from 54-56, although the little ducky had it a bit higher at 59 (not sure the duck knows what its doing).  All in all, a wonderful day of swimming. 



TOM

Hillary with her totally cool GoPro thingie, with Ducky water thermometer!


Avila looking good

The GoPro photos:







The route

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020


The prediction was for a chance of showers. We didn't get the showers but we did get these clouds and a strong breeze out of the SW which made for definitly not pool conditions today.
The water temperature was 55.5 off of the pier and the water felt at least that warm to me. That perception was influenced by the fact that we had to start working hard as soon as we got in the water, never got much of a break and didn't spend much time thinking about what the water temperature was.
We had 2.5 routs today. Tom, Niel, Hillary, Dave and Teresa started on the right side of the Avila Pier and went directly to the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier.  Niel, Tom and Hillary swam back to the end of the Avila Pier and came in along the pier for 1.2 miles.  Dave and Teresa continued from the third crossbars to the end of the Cal Poly Pier before coming back to the end of the Avila Pier and in. Amy, John and Heidi swam out along the pier, over to the buoy at the reef, to the end of the Avila Pier and back in along the pier for about .8 mile.

On the way to the Cal Poly Pier. Look closely and you can see 
Dave and Hillary's arms above the chop. 
I was breathing more frequently than usual in order to keep in time with the chop.



Hillary and Tom at the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier. 
Dave and Teresa had already left for the end of the pier.


The Group 2 route.

The Group 2 group; Heidi, Tom and Amy

niel


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020


February at Avila Beach has turned around and we are now enjoying the best of the best; seasonal water temperatures in the mid 50's, as opposed to the basement 50's, and unseasonably clear, warm and dry weather. Just don't mention the drought word.
Swimming today were Niel, Heidi, Duke, Tom, Phil, Teresa, Hillary and Dave with a special non-swimming visit from Chad Iiano, former Avila Dolphin and his 3 year old son, having come over from the valley to visit the beach.



 The plan today was to swim to the end of the pier, to the reef buoy on the east side of the pier, back to the end of the pier, to the 'buoy' at the mouth of the creek, back to the end of the pier and in.  The water temperature was 55.5 off of the pier. Heidi had 54 -55 in the water. There wasn't much surf but a steady wind had been blowing far offshore. There was no wind in Avila but we had a one foot wind chop out of the SW that would make each leg of our route today a different experience. 

This plot is what can happen when you fiddle with the GPS settings on 
your Garmin watch and select 1-second intervals instead of AUTO. 

Tom, Heidi, Teresa, Dave and Phil

Tom, Duke, Phil, Teresa and Hillary at the end of the Avila Pier for the first time.  

A overview of the water conditions: along the pier, bumpy but not too bad; to the reef buoy, a nice push; reef buoy to the end of the pier, directly into the chop, work but not messy; end of pier to the creek, across the chop but some help from the current. Got slapped around; creek to the end of the pier, the worst, across the chop and into the current.
Probably Teresa, Phil, Hillary, Tom and Duke at the reef buoy.
At this point Heidi, Tom and Duke peeled off and headed for home while the rest continued back to the end of the Avila Pier. 

Phil, Heidi, Hillary and Dave at the creek 'buoy'. Heidi had had come parallel to the beach from the reef buoy, under the pier and met up with us.

I got 1.3 miles but I'm not too sure with all of the wiggles in my plot. 

niel


The Kiss The Whale Swim

Tom’s Kiss the Whale report: Saturday February 22, 2020

While the Nevadans were caucusing Tom Lorish and Niel Dilworth were setting out to complete the third jewel of Tom’s 2 ½ Milers – Kiss the Whale – Avila Beach open water swimming. 

As the last rain drops soaked into the beach, Lorish and Dilworth began their swim at about 9AM departing from the Old Port beach public boat ramp – the “dog beach” – heading straight to the mid-point of Whalers Rock.  Niel’s safety paddlers/ escorts were Jim & Sue in a tandem, and Gigi in her rental; Tom was escorted by paddlers, Bryan and Chris.

Once the rain, cleared, it transformed into a beautiful winter day on the Avila coast – scattered clouds, deep blue skies, and excellent swim conditions.  The water temp was somewhere between 55-57, with a mellow roll in places.  Upon arrival at Whalers, it became quite clear, no one would be kissing this part of the whale – Lorish made his mark on Whalers beach a bit west of the rock, Dilworth ventured to within four clam shells from the barnacle encrusted Whalers rock, and called it good. 

The swimmers concluded the swim at Fish Head beach, and were enjoying breakfast 27 minutes later at The Custom House. 

Dilworth used this swim as his fund-raising swim for the Food Bank – he raised and impressive $2,017 for our local SLO food bank.  Well done, Niel! 

A good day.  Special thanks to paddlers, Jim, Sue, Chris, Bryan, and Gigi. 


The get in. We had a contingent of the Sheriff's Dept. Ocean Rescue Team on hand. 

Winter in Avila Beach, NICE.

Sue, Kris (my wife, taking photos) and Jim almost ready to push off.

Our route.


Sue and Jim on the way to Whalers Rock 

Jim and Sue with Smith Rock

Gigi


Tom, kissing the sand at Whaler's Beach

Niel, almost done.

Jim and Sue, Niel and Gigi
Thanks for the wright up Tom

niel