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!

Monday, June 14, 2010

The "Saltines" Meet the "Chlorines" in Open Water...

Bob Miller has announced the 2010 summer schedule of open-water swims for his Tri-Masters Swimmers group, which features planned Saturday swims at a variety of North Shore and Ocean beaches. The West Neck Pod has traditionally joined up with the Tri-Masters Swimmers for these multi-venue swims, which give us a chance to experience a variety of water/wave/current conditions in different bodies of water (here are pictures of one of our past swims at Robert Moses Field #5 on Fire Island). It's also a lot of fun to swim with a HUGE group of what could be 30 or more swimmers!! For those who are swimming in the 2010 Fran Schnarr Memorial 5K/10K Swim in Huntington Bay on July 11th (check out the website at www.huntswim.org), the July 3rd swim at Crescent Beach is a perfect opportunity to "test the waters" -- and the notoriously strong currents -- in Huntington Bay ahead of time. This season's schedule is as follows:

June 26 - West Neck Beach, West Neck Road, Lloyd Harbor
July 3 - Crescent Beach, Crescent Beach Drive, Huntington Bay
July 10 - OWS clinic with Shelley Taylor Smith at Nathan Hale Beach, Huntington Bay
July 11 - Huntington Bay, Fran Schnarr 5K/10K in the Bay - The Bay Club, Bay Road, Huntington
July 17 - West Neck Beach
July 24 - Makamah Beach, Makamah Beach Road, Northport
July 31 - Crescent Beach
August 7 - Robert Moses State Park, Field #5, Fire Island
August 14 - Robert Moses Field #5
August 21 - Oyster Bay (Tobay course), Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay
August 29 - Tobay race
September 5 - Long Beach, John Daly Ocean 1 mile race - Long Beach


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