Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday Evening, August 14, 2013

This evening it was about as nice as it gets at Avila Beach.  It was sunny, warm, almost still with just a slight breeze from the east and an ocean temperature of 62 degrees.   We had a nice group too; Niel, Rob, Marie, Mark, John and Susan swam accompanied by Allison in her little white boat.   The County's water quality sample from Monday was very good so did a triangle starting on the west (creek) side of the pier.  The water was pretty clear and the swimming conditions were wonderful.  We had a broad range of speeds amongst this evening's swimmers which combined with the nice conditions encouraged a lot of idle floating and visiting at the turning points.  Niel, Rob and Chris did the entire triangle.  Susan, Marie and John came in along the length of the pier.  The triangle route was 1616 meters.  We were in the water for 42 minutes.
The first bait ball I have seen this summer formed out beyond the end of the pier as we were finishing up.  It looks like the sharky season is arriving.

The image of this evening's swim was taken from my Finis Hydro Tracker and imported into Google Earth.  It gives the plot a 3-D look but the swim data is no longer part of the image. Looks cooler but at a cost.  Isn't that the way it always is?

A large number (7 -10) of our regular Sunday swimmers are going up to Monterey this Sunday to swim at Lover's Point with the Kelp Krawlers.  I'm not sure who is going to be at Avila but check the Central Coast Open Water Google Group to see who will be at Avila.


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