It was kind'a chilly at Avila this evening with overcast that was thick enough to block the sun and a light breeze that was blowing right to left along the beach. But, the legend of warm Wednesday evening swims continues! The water temperature was 54 degrees. The last time we saw a water temperature that high was December 9th. We had a big group for a Wednesday, made up of regulars and two new swimmers. Casey, Curtis John, Niel and Rob were joined by Marie and Mark. Both of our new friends had plenty of experience messing around in the ocean but were new to the idea of swimming in it. We headed out, grouped up and swam parallel to the beach towards Fossil Point. Marie and Mark were hanging back a bit so Rob hung with them and did some open water swimming training. The rest of us continued to a spot near the point, regrouped and headed to the end of the Avila Pier. The wind had fallen away so the swimming conditions were nice and flat. The water didn't feel that much warmer than it has been but I'm wearing a very warm Patagonia R3 wetsuit so I can only judge the water temperature by how my feet, hands and face feel. We regrouped up again at the end of the pier and finished off by swimming down the east side to the beach. We covered 1.2 miles in 43 minutes.