Sunday, June 26, 2016

Snow in June?

Next Swims:  Monday June 27th - Friday July 1st 6AM every morning
Also:  Wednesday June 27th 6PM
Perhaps:  Additional Evening Swims if conditions are good, check back frequently

Last Swim: Sunday June 26th 1PM
Water temp: 63-64 but warmer and colder pockets, "decent"
Waves:  Small
Water Clarity:  Excellent
Crew:  Gumdrop, Panini, North Shore Nancy, Handyman Hank, Valerie, Mighty Mac, Nanook, Dave, Lorraine, Kahuna, Mr. Anonymous, Crash, Itch, Capt'n, Diablo, Scarface, Patriarch
Suit/Skin: 8/9
Shots: 14

The cottonwood trees on the bluff were blowing seeds everywhere, and the way they danced in the air gave the appearance of a gentle snowstorm.  It added to the magic of a near perfect day on the beach.

The only flaw is the many boats and jet skis that zoom through the bay, today and on other warm weekend afternoons. I looked it up. There are a ton of boating regulations, including one that says that boats and jet skis should operate at "no wake" speed within 200 feet of shore and within 100 feet of a swimmer.  But these regulations are obviously ignored.  Also I doubt if boaters or jet ski operators are watching out for swimmers especially far offshore.

So my conclusion is that the only safe thing to do when boats and jet skis are around is to swim very close to shore.  I suppose this sounds like surrendering to the dark forces. I know many of you like to swim deep. But any confrontation between boater and swimmer is not likely to turn out good for the swimmer.  So I'm just saying; be careful out there.        

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