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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Flummoxed by Fluky Tide

Mother Nature and The Old Man of the Sea have obviously not been following the daily tide tables, which reported this morning’s high tide in Cold Spring Harbor as occurring at 7:07 a.m. The 6:15 flock of early morning swimmers, having duly noted this important fact, set out along the Causeway on what we reasonably assumed would still be an incoming tide, with, at worst, a slack tide neither hindering nor helping us on the return trip to the beach. Not so! Though we were surprised by how quickly we made it out to the sailboat swimming “against the tide” (Paul and I making it in under 18 minutes, with Margot, Carole, Sue, Gae and Joye close on our heels), our anticipated “slack tide” return to the beach (after enjoying a brief – and motionless! – respite at the sailboat) turned out to be a truck-push against an out-rushing current, propelled by a southerly wind, that together were doing their best to flush us out into the Sound! Forty-five minutes later, when everyone had arrived back at the beach (and Margot’s cursing had died down), we all agreed that it was a really good swim, and plan to do it again tomorrow (at 6:00, not 6:15). For those of you who care about or believe in such things, high tide (according to the tables) will be at 8:09 a.m.!

See you in the Salt!

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