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!

Friday, August 17, 2012

"Do You Know the Muffin Man?" (er..."Muffin Woman"?)

The just-turned tide was coming in with a vengeance as nine swimmers set out for the Sailboat on this beautiful Friday morning. The water was flat and calm when we all started, but the wind spiked midway through and a surging chop on the surface of the water added to the challenge of the in-rushing tide. Margot and I were pacing one another at a pretty brisk rate and 30 minutes later were still looking wistfully at the Sailboat, which seemed to just keep receding into the distance. Eventually we made it there, followed by Joan, then Gae and Joye, and finally Sharon and her daughter Rachel, joining the Pod for her introductory open-water swim!  Rachel, who up until now had been strictly a pool swimmer, earned her Sailboat badge handily, and despite being obviously tired by the end, promised she'd be back for more!  And why wouldn't she, when on our return to the beach, we were greeted by Susan Robinson, bearing a plate of fresh-baked muffins for the Pod!  Yum!  (Don't tell Rachel this doesn't happen every time!)
Sharon and Rachel

"Look at my arm!...And ain't I a woman?" (Joye, powering to the Sailboat)

Margot and Joan

Steve Lutz, enjoying the last day of his vacation!
Tomorrow some of us will be setting out early for the West Neck Pod's first ROAD TRIP of the season, to the lovely "Long Beach" (a/k/a "Foster's Memorial Beach") on the south shore of Noyac Bay in Sag Harbor.  We're anxiously watching the weather reports and hoping that the thunderstorms predicted for tonight and tomorrow don't happen -- or if they do, that they happen somewhere else! (Watch for updates on Facebook!)  Weather permitting, we'll see you at the west end of the Long Beach parking lot at 7:30! The rest of the Pod will be swimming as usual at West Neck Beach at 8:00 on Saturday morning (weather permitting, of course!) and we'll all be back together again on Sunday morning -- all, that is, but our brave Podders who are participating in the John Daly One-Mile Ocean Swim in the other Long Beach -- on the south shore! Good luck to Evelyn Cruise, Colleen Driscoll, Margot Edlin, Barry Goldblatt, David Kaufman, Andrea O'Brien, Rob Ripp, Susan Robinson, Alice Rogers, and Erik Zaratin!  (Who's bringing the muffins??)

See you in the Salt!


  1. Delicious muffins delivered by a hottie in a swim suit. What more can one ask for after a swim? :)

    1. well, yes. Can we have that delivered by an open water boy looking hot in his swimsuit instead? Just to be fair? ;)