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 18, 2012

The Countdown Begins: The 2012 "West Neck Swim"

With the registration deadline for this year's Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor 1&2-Mile Open Water Swim a little more than 24 hours away, and the Swim itself just six days hence, the volume of text messages and e-mail exchanges between and among Swim organizers has suddenly increased, as final details are addressed and looming problems resolved, while the number of registrants creeps steadily upward toward the 300-swimmer cap...Meanwhile, back on the Beach, it's been "swimming as usual," though the Sailboat and North and South Buoys have received more than their usual number of visitors as Pod members and Swim organizers rinse away their stress in the healing Salt, and "newbies" come to preview the Swim course and conditions in advance of Sunday's race. Registration closes tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 11:59 p.m., so if you haven't registered yet, tick...tick...tick...!  Group swims are planned this week for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 6:30 (in the water!) and Friday and Saturday mornings at 8:00. Sunday morning's group swim is cancelled because of the Race, but feel free to join Pod members and Race organizers and volunteers in a celebratory post-Swim swim after the last award is handed out and the Beach is set back to rights....!

The view north from the Beach -- may Race day be as calm!

"The Sailboat" aglow in reflected early morning light

The Sailboat mooring

Flying back toward the mooring field on an incoming tide

Registration links for procrastinators can be found on our website at http://www.westneckswim.com. Also visit the West Neck Swim's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=815520298&ref=profile#!/WestNeckSwim.

See you in the West Neck Salt!

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