Saturday, July 2, 2011

Persistance Pays Off

Next Swims: Sunday at 1pm (at Klode if beach is open...otherwise Big Bay), Monday 3:30pm (most likely at Big Bay as Klode's beach is traditionally closed for the fireworks)

Last swims: Friday 7/1 4:30PM, Saturday 7/2 1PM

Friday's Conditions:
Water Temp: 60 near shore but much cooler (55?) 10 meters from shore
Air Temp: 88 & very windy
Waves: choppy from the south
Water Clarity: Crystal Clear
Crew: Diablo, Crash, David, John, Capt'n with second shift crew of eRun, Chris, Dave with guest swim appearance by Jeff & John(?)

Saturday's Conditions:
Water Temp: 49 at Klode's south beach but 63 at Klode's north beach. Water everywhere else was some between those two.
Water Temp Saturday Racine's North Beach: 57.1
Air Temp: 87
Waves: calm
Water Clarity: Crystal Clear
Crew: The Patriarch, Diablo, Gumdrop, Sir James, Melanie, Capt'n with guest swim appearance by Jeff & John(?) and special guest appearance by Crash, Lil' Sista and the clan

Ah, it was the tale of 2 swims. On Friday the water was deceptively cold. Despite measuring 60.7 the water just a few meters offshore was noticeably colder. Judging by my finger tips which never warmed up I'd guess the water temp offshore was most likely south of 55 than around the 60 measured from shore. Despite the deceptively cold water and choppy waves pushing up from the south, the second shift crew still logged a swim down to the south sewer pipe and back.

On Saturday the water was deceptively warm. Despite a numbing temp of just 49 from Klode's south beach that threatened to chase away some of today's crew....the water actually turned out to be quite pleasant. Warm air temps combined with plentiful sunshine and calm water made the surface water quite tolerable....although the frigid water always seemed to be biting at your finger tips with each stroke. Noteworthy about today's swim was that while we all made the voyage up to rock wall and back Gumdrop did it minus his wetsuit today. Perhaps tomorrow I too will swim skin....

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