Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Avila Beach was beautiful today, warm, sunny, only a slight wind and a 59 degree water temperature.  There was a pod of 4 or 5 dolphins that were hanging out inside the buoy line. The didn't seem to be feeding or in a ny hurry to be somewhere else and were there for over an hour.  There were quite a few fishermen on the pier but if there were fish to be caught the seals and birds were not in on it yet because the skies and water were empty.  Sylvia, Niel, Rick, Jon Harmse and John Hampsey swam.  Sylvia went down to Fossil Point and back.  The four boys meandered around, down the buoy line on the west side, over towards the Poly Pier to a moored boat, back to the end of the Avila Pier and finished to the beach with a wide swing around the fishing lines.  The swimming conditions were very nice.
I'll be back the Wednesday evening.

The Finis website was not playing well with graphics this afternoon so I had to pluck the route image from another part of the site.   :-(

Fourth of July Pirates Cove Swim -

There should be a 3 mile swim to PIrates Cove and back on Friday morning.  We will leave the beach at 8 AM, fog permitting.  This swim is still a bit shaky because at this time I do not have a confirmed count of the number of swimmers and the number of support paddlers.  A sufficient number of support paddlers is essential for both safety (don't want to get run down by a jet ski) and to plot a course around the extensive kelp beds between Fossil Point and Pirate's Cove. 
I hope to have a better count Thursday morning.  If you are planning on participating in the swim as either a swimmer or paddler please post a response to our open water swimming Google Group at ;!forum/centralcoastopenwater  or e-mail me at


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