Monday, September 28, 2009

There was a surprising amount of fog at Avila on Sunday, hanging over the beach while it was clear a ¼ mile inland. We could see the buoy line without trouble from the beach so we didn’t pass up what were otherwise great conditions. There was no wind so the water was glassy with and occasional set of 3’ to 4’ waves. The water was clear with a temperature of 59. Dale, Niel, Rob and Duke swam. Sylvia is nursing a sore foot and decided to sit this one out. We did the left side of the buoy line and then went out, around the end of the pier and in to the beach. That took us 30 minutes and Rob got to say hello to his first seal. It took the sun a while to break through but by 12:30 it was sunny and warm. The crowds are gone and the lifeguards appear to have packed it in for the season.

Thanks to Rob we have a website! Check out
If you click on the ‘NEWS’ link you will be sent to the Avila Beach Open Water Swimming Blog site; I am going to start posting my swim-mails there instead of maintain the e-mail list. You can check the site whenever you want or you can enter your e-mail address in the box on the right, hit Subscribe, and you will be notified whenever the site is updated.
We need some photos of our great swimmers and friends for the website so I will be taking photos on Sunday for the next few weeks. This is just another great reason to show up on a Sunday, be friendly and swim.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 20th

It was gray like the inside of a sock at Avila this morning. Not too cold but no sun and no horizon. Also no wind so there were glassy water conditions. A group of seals was playing to the right of the end of the Avila pier but there were no birds diving or other signs of bait fish. The water was a very clear green with a temperature of 59.5. Sylvia was there but she had been sick all week and elected to not get in Ally and I swam the triangle route in about 37 minutes. We didn’t see them but sylvia said that a group of dolphins trailed us for a while on the buoy to pier leg. The sun was out when we got out of the water and made for a very pleasant lunch on the beach.

My big thanks to Sylvia for bailing me out with the loan of a spare towel today. I don’t know if I would have gotten in without it.

Did anybody pick up a lonely rash guard off of the railing as they were leaving the beach last Sunday? Ally’s has gone missing.