Avila was a hole in the fog so it was sunny but coolish with a light breeze from the SE. The port has closed the pier because of safety concerns due to the large numbers of people on the pier looking at the whales so I wa not able to measure a water temperature, but the consensus between the port and the lifeguards put the water temp at about 60.
There were no whales, pelicans or bait balls to be seen. Swimming today were Niel, Sylvia, Duke, Dave Van Mouwerik, Amy P. and John Hampsey. Sylvia was going to do the buoy line, the rest of us were looking to do about a mile and a half, so we laid out a course down the west side of the buoy line, over to the Poly Pier, back to the end of the Avila Pier and on to the east end of the buoy line, finishing by coming back to the Avila Pier. We covered 1.48 miles. This was one of the best swims we have had. The water conditions were very nice with just a bit of current and small chop from the breeze. Everyone had a great time.
There will be a 1.5 mile swim to Avila Rock next Sunday. John has two people to paddle.
Duke, Amy and Dave at the Poly Pier
Amy, Dave and John at the Poly Pier
Duke, Amy and Dave at the Avila Pier
Dave, Amy, and Duke at the east end of the buoy line.
The lifeguards had seen whales over by the Poly Pier earlier in the day but we did not encounter anything while we were in the water. About 1 PM John saw a whale over by the Poly Pier, close to where we had been 90 minutes earlier.
The Duke Parmley Memorial 4th of July Swim;
Meet at our usual spot at 8 AM. We'll organize shuttling swimmers and kayaks over to the port. We should be in the water by 9 and back at Avila before 10. This swim is 1.75 miles.
There will be a potluck on the beach afterwards.