Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Duke, Niel, Lee, Eric (now spelled correctly), Amy 1, Tom Lorish, Drina and Ali all had a real ocean swim experience today.  It was sunny and comfortable but the wind was out of the SW and picking up. The water was 54 degrees and we the swim zone buoys are back.  At 11 o'clock the water was white capped in past the end of the pier. We decided to swim out to the end of the pier, to Fossil Point and then back along the shore to where we started.  The swim out to the end of the pier was much bumpier that I had anticipated.  When I looked up to spot the group at the end of the pier I was looking right into a breaking whitecap.  This was only the first mouthful of water I was going to get on this swim. We grouped up at the end of the pier and headed towards the point.  We were swimming across the chop at an angle, getting tossed and bent by the waves. The chop was high enough that finding the other swimmers required stopping and getting on top of a swell, so there were a lot of course corrections. We swam into a strong current  on the way back to the pier that did lay down as we got close to the pier.  This swim was more work and real ocean fun that I have had in some time.  1.2 miles in 42 minutes from start to finish.

4th of July Swim
Saturday, the 4th of July we are planning a 1.75 mile adventure swim.  The route will be out along the Harford Pier (at the port) to its end, to the end of the Cal Poly Pier, to the end of the Avila Pier and in along the pier to the beach. 

There will be a potluck lunch afterwards. We will need paddlers. Three or four kayaks, paddleboards or SUP's would be a nice level of support and give us a good profile in the water.  The majority of the route is a half mile offshore so you should be an experienced open water swimmer to consider this swim.
This will be a great way to start the holiday.  
You can post your interest on the Central Coast Open Water Google Group, respond on this  site or talk to me at the beach. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thanks to Amy 1 for writing up the swim blog;  niel

Sunday, April 19

When we arrived pier-side, we were greeted by dolphins cavorting well inside the buoy line. Both the reappearance of the buoys and the dolphins gave us cheer as harbingers of spring and safe waters. The morning was overcast, cool, with little swell, although the swell increased by the time we put in. Without Neil, we had no confirmation of water temp, so, by fiat, I’ll put it at 54 degrees.

Suiting up were Duke, Amy1, Casey, Erik, Drina and Amy2. The non-suited included Pete and Sylvia, who took their own ever-hardy ocean paths. The rest of us made our entry, met up at the first buoy and turned toward the point. We converged at the last (fourth) buoy, did some bobbing and headed back to the first buoy. This was Amy 2’s first trip under the pier, so we discussed do’s and don’ts, as in: “do watch where you’re going,” “don’t go under near a fishing line,” “don’t swim into a piling.” We will review the list when John Hampsey again joins us, since he has been known to be pier-challenged. All succeeded the passage and we were on to the creek buoy, back to and under the pier. Duke announced that this event required a loop back around the first buoy (buoy on the left shoulder) and into shore. Those who did not make the required loop were disqualified. I had no competition for last place in this event.

Although the dolphins neglected to ceremoniously lead us back to shore, the sun was out by the time we beached. Great swim. I have no idea how long it took.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

We had spring conditions today; 52.5 degree water, a strong offshore breeze, warm air temperatures and small waves.  Niel, Duke, Jeff and Erik were joined by Amy and Michael who were looking to do some open water swimming.  We decided to stay on the left side of the pier because Wednesday's storm had really dirtied up the water and there was no way to know if the water around the creek mouth had cleaned up.
We went farther out along the pier the usual, grouped up and then swam parallel to the beach towards Fossil Point. We regrouped where the jog is in my route and continued on to the point, returning along the same route. The wind had pushed up a current and small wind chop that we had to work into on the way back. We covered 1.18 miles.

 Amy, Michael, Duke, Erik and Jeff  
Duke describing the route back from Fossil Point. 


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Surprise, surprise, we had a 'normal' spring day today with springtime conditions.  All of the wind earlier in the week had helped push that water temperature down to 51.5 degrees, which is not unusual for this time of the year, in a normal year.  According to my records if the water had held its unnatural warm temperature until the end of April we would have done an entire year of swims without seeing a water temperature below 55 degrees.  Well, it is still some kind of a record.  We had 6 swimmers today; Sylvia, Niel, Pete, Drina, Amy and Tom. Since Sylvia and Pete decline to wear wetsuits they got in and did what they could.
Pete getting in

The rest of us swam down towards Fossil Point and back.  Tom thought that we should all do bunny ears for the photos.




Amy did her ears with her feet.

The water was pretty clear so I was able to get a fish eye view of Tom.

It definitely felt colder than last week but everyone, Peter included, didn't think that it was as cold as they expected.

The weather is going to change this week so the water temperatures may pop back up before next Sunday.