DISCLAIMER: Open-water swimming is inherently dangerous. Open-water swimmers risk drowning, hypothermia, hyperthermia, heart attacks, panic attacks, cramping, jelly fish stings, fish bites, boat or jet-ski collisions, collisions with floating or submerged objects (including other swimmers), and other calamities that can be injurious, disabling or fatal! The "West Neck Pod" is an informal association of open-water swimmers who swim "outside the lines" with no lifeguard protection, it has no formal membership, organizational structure or legal identity, and its participants, including the author of this blog, make no representations and assume no liability with respect to its group open-water swims. All swimmers who participate in West Neck Pod group open-water swims do so at their own risk. Be careful out there!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

First Summer Swim of 2010!

Summer is finally officially here, and was officially welcomed by a contingent of ten Pod members who set out early this morning for a shore-hugging swim along the Causeway. Conditions were perfect for a long, languid swim, with no speeding powerboats to disturb the glass-like surface of the water -- or the tranquility of the swimmers! The water was the warmest it's been since we started the OW season, and is fast approaching bathing-suit comfortable (of course Rob Martell's been saying that for weeks, but he's crazy!). Gae, a "newbie" at the start of the season but now a seasoned Pod member, made her first round-trip to the house and back, and is now a tired but happy member of the elite "Causeway Club"! Ken and his cohort, of course, just continued swimming -- for all I know, they're still out there!

We'll have an incoming morning tide all week, so most of us will be doing a repeat of the Causeway swim tomorrow (Wednesday) and Friday (Thursday swimmers, find each other via e-mail!).

Saturday morning (June 26th) Bob Miller's Tri-Master's group will be joining us at West Neck Beach at 8:00....should be a big turnout for that! -- and maybe we'll have some new converts for the Sunday 8:00 a.m. swim!

See you in the Salt!

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