The seemingly intractable west wind finally relented today, allowing the morning’s crew of six swimmers (Carole, Gae, Evelyn and I and, later, Bonnie and Joan) to watch a glorious sunrise and enjoy a delicious buoy-to-buoy swim in calm, clear, glass-like conditions. The air temperature had cooled considerably since the weekend, the thermometer registering a chilly 48 degrees when we arrived at the beach at 6:15 this morning, but by the time we got into the water it had crept up to above the 50-degree mark. The water temperature remains relatively warm, probably somewhere in the high 60's.
The swim lines are gone since the weekend, along with most of the boats and moorings, so the seascape is vastly more open and expansive than it’s been all season – somehow the buoys look further apart and farther away than they did with all the paraphernalia in the water! Happily, the showers are still on, and with little or no wind, we didn’t mind taking advantage of them despite the cool air...We’re hoping to swim again tomorrow, weather permitting. There’s interest in an 8:00 start for those with flexible schedules; for the regular working folk, see you in the Salt at 6:30!
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