Blue skies, flat, calm, 65-degree water, and a total of 17 swimmers converged to make this morning's 8:00 group swim a memorable opening of the Memorial Day weekend and the 2012 open-water swimming season! Scott, Brett, Eric, Marco, Gae, Ken, Marc, Larry, Kathy, Carole, Joe, Rob Ripp, Sharon, Joye, and I, later joined in the water by Rob Martell and Christine, happily suited up in front of the now fully staffed lifeguard station, where bathrooms and showers are now open and working, and above which the flag is once again proudly flying. Even the Sailboat is back in the water, and a full dozen of today's swimmers paid homage to our good friend by making the 1.5 mile round trip --even those for whom today's was the first swim of the season! Of course, that sets the bar pretty high for the rest of the season, so Pod members can expect to find longer distances (did I hear "5 miles"?), trips to foreign beaches (CIBBOWS, we're coming!), and nightime swims on the menu for 2012...! For tomorrow, see you in the Salt at 8:00!
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!