Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Big Bay Bash This Weekend (conditions permitting)

Next Swims:  Thursday August 14th, 6AM & 6PM
Friday August 15th 6AM

Last Swims:
Wednesday August 13 6AM
Water Temp: 67
Waves: Gentle Rollers
Water Clarity: Gunky near shore, but much better further out
Crew: Nanook, Diablo, Nivens McTwist, Sarah, Bubba, Showgirl, Panini, Kahuna, Wonder Woman, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 2/9

Tuesday August 12, 6PM
Water Temp: 70
Waves:  Very large well organized monsters up to six feet high, breaking well beyond the rock piles, good body surfing waves
Water Clarity: none
Crew: Nanook, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/2

I already reported Tuesday morning's swim, but I missed Monday night:
Water Temp: Low seventies
Waves: Gentle Rollers
Water Clarity: Good
Crew:  Ben, Lorraine
Wetsuit/Skin: 2/0

What a difference 12 hours makes.  This morning the lake was peaceful gentle and nearly calm.  Last night it was a raging sea of very large and very powerful waves up to six feet high and possibly more.  It took Nanook and me several minutes of waffling before we worked up the courage to wade in.  We didn't actually swim anywhere, but instead played and body surfed in the breakers.  A lot of fun but a bit scary the way the waves knocked us around.

This weekend we hope to do our annual Big Bay swim, conditions permitting.  We'll pick the better day of the weekend, which right now looks like Sunday, but stay tuned.

A Big Bay swim is a swim between Klode Park and Big Bay Park.  As near as I can tell from Google, it's 1.2 miles between the south rock pile at Klode and the concrete block pier at Big Bay, a half-ironman swim.  You have three options for the return trip.  One, you can swim back, making a 2.4 or full ironman swim.  Two, you can run or walk back, 1.5 miles on the sidewalk. Or Three you can be driven back.  We'll have a car to shuttle people and gear as necessary.

Following the swim we'll celebrate at the Biergarten.


Kahuna said...

I would vote for earlier on Saturday, rather than later. Calm water better than rough water for a long swim. I could see taking a second swing at the GBFT after the swim too.

Sketch said...

I am voting for a Sunday swim - Saturday is the Madison Open Water Swim race - I'm sure a few of us are doing that.

Andy said...

Voting for Sunday Big Bay swim as well.

Waterbug08 said...


Ben Sevener said...

MOWS swimmer here... Vote for Sunday (and Biergarten) ;-)