The ocean is officially as warm as a pool. The noaa buoy reads 73 degrees! No better time to enjoy an open water swim than Sunday morning. Anyone up for a 6:30 am swim to beat the crowds and return in time to give a send off to the 8:00 am swimmers?
Sunday morning is looking like it’ll be perfect swim conditions at Nantasket. Storm will have moved along, fog cleared and really warm water for this time of year.
If you haven’t gotten out yet this season, there’s no better weekend to start.
Photo above taken from Northeast Surfing webcam. It’s looking pretty impending-stormy-soupy (if that’s a phrase) right now. Enjoy.
We’ve had really pretty sweet CB swim caps over the years – the original orange with waves crashing on Minot created by Kim and another to commemorate the swim around Doctor’s Island with our Knucklehead friends from Nahant.
With both of these editions officially depleted, a new order is going in to commemorate the Season of the Lion’s Mane. To get an idea of how many we need, and if you’re interested, send me an email to the general inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org), my personal email or comment below.
Vote on which color you want – blue, orange or white – and let me know how many you would like. Winning color is the one we’ll go with. They will cost about $3.00 each.
Another open water swimming season is upon us. It’s a swim season quite different from others, as many swimmers who otherwise spend the cold months in pools have not been in the water for months. Others have likely already been swimming for weeks or months braving the cold temperatures.
As the ocean waters warm and as pools remain closed or restrict access, the call of your nearest pond or beach is strong. Being immersed in water with nature surrounding you is enticing. The question then becomes, how should swimmers approach open water swimming in the time of COVID?
My personal opinion is to embrace the ocean with caveats. You can’t stay isolated forever. There are proven psychological, physical and overall health benefits to remaining active and in the ocean.
That said, there are risks in and out of the water that you have to personally weigh. A researcher at Scripps Oceanography is suggesting sea spray can spread virus particles (LA Times April 2020). COVID or no COVID, it’s always important to swim with a companion. This should take priority, just maintain a healthy distance from each other while in the water. It’s likely the greatest risk is pre- and post-swim socializing, where you want to be extra mindful. This is the hardest part because we’ve isolated from each other for so long and by nature we as humans are drawn to each other. As a practical matter, arrive and depart as early as your circadian rhythm will allow.
For these reasons, it would be a ton of fun to continue gathering on the weekends at Nantasket Beach. That said, you have to take an approach that you’re comfortable with and that you believe will not put others at risk. I’d love to get your thoughts as well.
The swim conditions will be perfect sat and sun. The Boston buoy shows the water is still warm yet we’ll have sorta brisk dryish-air mornings as if caught between a euphoric blissful time and space between summer and fall. In other words that feeling southern Californians feel every day. Early birds are definitely meeting at 7:00 am on sat morning.
This weekend marks the halfway mark for summer swim season (fortunately not continues well into fall). Record water temps at 75 degrees, calm seas and clear skies are forecasted creating a perfect storm for ideal conditions both days. Meet at 6:30 or just before 8:00 both days. Enjoy…
Couldn’t ask for better conditions this morning. We’ll do it again next weekend.
True fact – according to scientists, if you start the day immersing yourself in ocean water under 75 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes it optimizes your body temp for the entire day similar to how breakfast optimizes metabolism throughout the day. This leads to better memory, greater concentration, increased energy, and reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. The practical implication? Swimming at nantasket Beach at 6:30 or 8:00 (get inside lot by 7:45 to avoid parking charge) for an open water swim is like taking a dip in the fountain of youth.
Water is 70, sun will be out and rise early, and ocean will be calm. If you haven’t tried ocean swimming this is the weekend. If you’re experienced, bring a friend. Have questions, let me know…
Short notice but sat june 1st will be an awesome morning to start open water season if you haven’t already. The surf was too good last weekend to pass up but with calm seas, conditions are perfect.
While whale and dolphin sightings can’t be guaranteed, you will definitely see some crabs with attitude. The water is still a bit crisp but really clear and the weather will be hot so come cool off and enjoy an ocean swim this weekend.
Meeting 8am both weekend days at the first entrance at Nantasket (or for early risers, I’ll be there by 6:30 am).
Life is short. Swim at Sunrise.
We have another perfect forecast for ocean swimming this weekend. The Boston buoy has the water above 60 and the forecast for tomorrow is for calm waters. Here’s a photo of what you can expect around 8:00 am tomorrow morning and Sunday morning. Arrive before hand to beat the parking attendants. Early birds are encouraged for a 6:30 am start like last weekend.
Some inexplicable 10-15 degree shift in the water temps occurred this week, making the open water swimming conditions ideal for this weekend. The image of the buoy reading from this evening says it all. On top of that, based on this morning’s swim, the water is the clearest it’s been all summer. Hope to see everyone out there Sat and Sun.
I hope everyone enjoyed the water and weekend. Two exciting swim developments. First, mark your calendar for City Splash, July 18, 2017 – Get info & register. It’s a great way to support continued efforts to keep the Charles clean and build further support to have a permanent swimming hole in our great downtown Boston.
The other exciting development was the first white friend sighting around noon yesterday on the S. Shore, off Minot Light, courtesy of Maria Osborne who shared photos with Sharktivity. If you don’t already have the sharktivity app, it’s a fun and worthwhile one from Atlanticwhiteshark.org. The conservation efforts to protect these great creatures is paying off. While their close presence may play mind games while we’re in the water, the benefit they have to the ecosystem in immeasurable. Here are a couple of screen shots form the app.
Now’s your chance to get the best seat in the house to a premier Boston sporting event this Sunday. Being on the sideline for the Patriots or behind home plate for the Red Sox doesn’t compare to being on the water at the start of the Cohasset Triathlon in a paddle board of kayak. A few slots are available for anyone interested in volunteering to be on the water Sunday from 6:30 am until the last swimmer exits the water. The forecast is for a perfect day with clear skies, warm weather and calm but chilling waters. If you’re interested and available email me at email@example.com and I’ll get you the details.
Otherwise, the regular swim from Nantasket Beach is still on from the same place at the same time, 8am. As a word of parking caution the DCR is now enforcing parking even if you arrive prior to 8am. The fee is $60 for an annual pass to all parks or you can pay $10 per day. Given the incredible resource DCR is to our state, it’s a worthy cause to support. You can order online through Reserve America.
Take care and keep enjoying the ocean.
No better way to start the midweek workday off than a sunrise swim, especially with the heat we’ve been having. To get a sense of conditions ahead of time, like if you are waking up when I do at 4:45 on account of toddler-induced insomnia, check out this link to NOAA’s Boston harbor buoy BHBM3 for water temp that correlates closely to Nantasket and other South Shore beaches and this link to NOAA’s Station 4401 will tell you wind and wave data.
With the exception of a few very brave water souls, I recommend a sleeveless wetsuit to take the bite out of the cold or a full suit for keeping your whole body warm. Crusty Barnacles now get their own discount so email me if your’e thinking about it and I’ll share the code. From personal experience, they make the best and most mobile shoulders in full suits and for strong swimmers that want no shoulder restrictions, their Volt sleeveless is by far the best option out there (pictured above). We also have discounts for their surfing wetsuits (also the best by far from personal experience).
Enjoy and hopefully I’ll see some of you out in the ocean during the week.
PS – To John, who I met in the nantasket lot at 6:15 am on Tue., I hope you come out and start swimming again. There’s a whole different world that exists at Sunrise so keep it up.
Reasons 1-94 are chalked up Sunday’s forecast. Reason 95 is because it’s so much darn fun. Same time, 8:00 am, and place, start of Nantasket. It should be calm and clear for anyone wanting to get acclimated to the ocean ahead of Triathlon season. And if there are any takers for early bird swims Sat or Sun, I’ll see you there at 6:30 both days.
A modest yet strong group of 9 people made it out. Admittedly the water could still warm up a bit. Here’s a fun photo of four of the brave swimmers.
Same time (8am) and place (Nantasket) this Sunday weather permitting as rain is in the forecast.
And, I would love to know who plans to swim in the various swim events around the region or beyond this summer. No reason we should’ve have a calendar of what’s happening. Feel free to post in the comments or email me directly.
Diana Nyad’s podcast last week by Outside Magazine is an inspirational interview about persistence and pursuing your dream through open water swimming.
Don’t forget about next Sunday’s swim at 8:00 am. Major correction from the last post is that the swim is at Nantasket Beach, not Nantucket (I blame autospell for the error).
See you next week, weather and conditions permitting.
Time to scrape off the crusty barnacles, dried seaweed and sea salt still clinging to your goggles from when you last swam in the ocean this past Fall. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the winter, but it’s time to break free from the pool and get back in the open water.
May 28th, the Sunday before Memorial day, is the best day to kick off the season at 8:00 am from the usual location at the start of Nantucket Beach. If anyone wants to join an early bird swim or get out on the Sat or Monday of the holiday weekend, send me an email or let me know in a comment below.
Water temps are finally creeping up. In a few weeks it will feel like a hot tub for Kimberlee, Ted and Chris and it will be very comfortable in a wetsuit for the rest of us mortals as the waters will no longer be anything like the nor’easter surf pictured above. In the meantime, enjoy the technicolor-green tree leaves all this wonderful rain is gifting us.
Susan McGinnis, Trish Berube & Vic Lanzillotti hit the waters this morning around 7:30 at Duxbury beach. The run out and back along the beach became adventurous as the tide rolled in and the hard packed sand disappeared and we were running in water or up along the slippery rocks.
Each CBer had a unique division placement, all good for some cocktail party banter – perhaps.
Trish ended 4th in her division. Yeah Trish! Had she not stopped for a glass of wine in Transition 1, she would have medalled. Not pictured below cos she left early to go walk her dog.
Susan took the gold for not only 1st in her division, but also for last! (Now…how is this so? Think about it.)
Susan & Vic
Vic, ignominiously borrowing Susan’s medal for achieving last in his over 40+ division.
A fun, flat and very pretty race!
Conditions were ideal this morning for an impromptu swim, where you could catch the full moon setting to the west and a bright orange sun rising from the east at 5:25 am. At least five showed up (three pictured below in a photo captured by Solly). Enjoy the week and if you can, try to take in a sunrise swim at some point during the week this summer – best way to start the day.
swim of course. Why not start your days bringing your body temp down so you remain cool? The ocean temps have consistently dropped each night to create a little bite upon entry but it feels perfect after a few strokes. And the water is clear as can be with at least 15 ft visibility this morning. Chris Kennedy can give a better answer as I noticed him swimming what looked to be in the direction of Gloucester this morning and was probably in at least 50-100 ft depth of water.
As a reminder there is a small early bird group around 6:30 am both days, and definitely the regular group start Sunday at 8am. Bring a friend to introduce them to ocean swimming and you’ll both either get a free cap or get to hear Vic recant his story about his Olympic gold medal coaching session this week.
By the way, whoever has the caps, you’ll have to bring them or we’ll have no option but to have Vic’s undivided attention.
Fun time at the Mattapoisett sprint Tri this week. Three CBs entered and finished the race, with both Missey and Trish lapping and beating Vic and his entire age group.
Water temps were 71 degrees! Missey took 1st in her age group.
Mark Keup, owner of Nor’easter Surf Shop, was there. He also medaled. We all went to breakfast afterward at a local diner.
Fortunately, T-storm forecasts were wrong. It was overcast and hence a perfect event day.
As pictured, Vic got center podium for ignominiously taking a Left turn out of the transition area for the run stage. The rest of the field had rightly gone Right.
We all agreed that Missey needs a new Tri outfit — perhaps with logo endorsement patches. Her current outfit is too stodgy.
Also, we also agreed Vic needs a new bike. So does Trish!
Next year, same event!
Here are some photos from another great Sunday brunch at Missey’s. George did another great job preparing some wonderful eats and great Sangria, the latter of which ran out way too early.
Missey showing off her incorrect tattoo number, suggesting a whole new meaning of fashion for “X-out.” She likely will break her endorsement contract with Building 19.Mags and Trish, smiling sis-tahs in constant Tri training. (Notice Patrick in background with a beer, still recovering from his rope-swing-Tarzan-imitation-attempt, which resulted in an accident and surgery. Tarzan. Really.)
“Up against the wall, everybody!” The new stone wall below was specifically designed for such events. Not pictured, Diane, who was working the iPhone. (Photo Property of Lady Di Kennedy Productions, Limited – very!)
Special details: Richard Alemian, now understanding why we do Tri’s — the After Party! Patrick with beer bottle, again. Missey showing her X’d-Out number — Triple AAA rating, at heart. Rachel donning what is now pre-Yoga class apparel we must all add to our wardrobes (yes, she has a whole new line). Susan McGinnis, glowing from having medalled in her age group. George muttering to himself, “Will they ever leave?”
Susan McGinnis, number 993 and medalist. (Vic the has-been, wearing a previous year CohTri T-shirt. It’s all about the T-shirt, isn’t it?)
Susan doing the push-up squeeze to show us how well intellectually endowed she is! She applied her tattoo number on her left arm — upside down! Yes, 366! Go figure. (She’s on her way to a halfway house before long. One of us has to let her know.)
CONGRATS to all you finishers!
For those not participating in a triathlon on Sun (which is also a lot of fun) and will insted be swimming, Crusty Barnacle swim caps from last summer will be available first come first serve. I just looked and saw the water temp is above 65 for the first time this year, so it’ll be perfect. I’ll be an observer but will be happy to take the group photo and send everyone off.
The last few months we’ve received questions in the general email box which I apologize I am only now opening up for the first time in more than six months. To answer some of your questions, there is not registration and swimmers of all abilities are welcome unless your name is Vic in which case, that’s just unique circumstance that we’ll have to handle accordingly. As a reminder, the meeting place is the first beach entrance in Hull off of Nantasket Ave (Route 228) – take a right after the bait shop and you will see a crumbling and condemned restaurant called Beach Fire.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
If you can make it, get on out for a swim sat and sun. Early bird at 6:15/6:30 am and regular group swim at 8:00 am. Water well above 60 with calm clear waters both days. And if you can’t make the weekends, there is a growing number coming out early during the week. Photos from the past few weeks will be posted soon so stay tuned
Regular swims this weekend will begin at 8:00 am to avoid the holiday weekend crowds – may need to arrive a little bit earlier to sneak threw the parking although there are new parking meters this year. If anyone is interested in an early bird swim, feel free to arrive at around 6:00 am each day starting Saturday for what will likely be a smaller crowd. The water temps are close to 60 so we’re getting a bit of a warm current just in time. The jackets and caps from the first swims of the year as shown in the spirited photos below can hopefully remain at home until October. Enjoy the weekend and see you out there.
Crusty Barnacles are getting off to an early start to the season this Sunday, April 24 – the meet time is 8-8:30 at the same usual location at the entrance to Nantasket Beach (1st parking lot entrance on right off 228). It may only be a dip, but for those more ambitious swim folk, bring your thick skin, cold blood, or wetsuit depending on your tolerance for what could potentially be less than tropical water temps. Oh, and don’t forget goggles, towel, coffee and conversant humor – seriously.
Swim forecast for this Sunday is calling for glassy calm and seasonably warm waters at just below 60 with a ton of sun. Wetsuits optional. meeting at 7:45 at the beginning of Nantasket for an ideal Fall swim. Gotta enjoy the precious few weekend swim days left this year. See you tomorrow. Tom
Due to weather expected for Sunday morning, Sat will be your best chance to get out this weekend. We finally have warm waters to enjoy. For those of you participating in a bike ride or triathlon this weekend, have fun and be safe.
Given the forecast for Sunday, for anyone interested in ensuring they can get a swim in under nice conditions, tomorrow (sat) at 7:45 is the safest bet. The buoy is reading 59.2 degrees, which is the warmest it’s been all year and the water should be fairly calm. And if you can’t make it tomorrow, see you Sunday.
It’s been a while since we’ve shared photos, so here’s a compilation from earlier swims when the water was much colder. It’s much much warmer so don’t let the wetsuits be of concern.
For this weekend, we’re returning to the normal time, 7:45 am, leaving from the same location with a few earlier risers getting out at around 6:00am. As a reminder, all abilities welcome as are bagels, donuts, and coffee.
If anyone is concerned about the water quality, check out the story in the Globe this morning on the water quality of our area beaches surpassing the cleanliness of Waikiki and South Beach. (http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/05/22/new-report-gives-boston-area-beaches-high-marks/AWIKRsliRr6Wfnpu3obHaJ/story.html#). While I still don’t see Nantasket Beach becoming a destination for Spring Breakers anytime soon, congratulations to Save the Harbor for all their efforts.
A few swimmers braved the waters last weekend, but we’re officially kicking off the season on Mother’s Day. Given likely competing commitments, come anytime that works best from 7-9:00 am. Water is still a bit chilly, so come prepared. Several caps are still left over from last season if anyone needs one. Just let me know. Take care, Tom
…for more information on upcoming swims. For all of those who didn’t brave the freezing conditions this Winter such as myself, we’re within weeks of returning to the water. May 2nd or 9th is looking like a good possibility to kick off the 2015 season.
Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the clear albeit persistently brisk waters.
On Sat., Aug 23, for anyone who is interested, we’ll be meeting at 7:00 am at Black Rock Beach, which is at the end of Forrest Ave where it intersects Jerusalem. Let me know if you are interested. There are a two options. One is to swim from Black Rock to the beach below St. Joseph’s retreat and back (1.75 miles round trip) or Black Rock to Sandy Beach and back (3 miles round trip).
For sunday, it’s the usual swim, only due to popular demand, we’re going to move the swim up by 30 minutes leaving at 7:30 am instead of the usual 8:00.
Enjoy the week.
Weekday swims are back. The water is well above 60 as of today and perfect conditions are in the forecast for next several days. No set times, but a small # of swimmers have been showing up between 5:00 and 6:00 am every day of the week. Here’s the screenshot of the readings from the Boston buoy! Look at water temp 2/3 of the way down…
Memorial day weekend swims are upon us. Sunday we’ll be meeting at the same time and place and Monday we’ll meet at 7:30, to avoid the crows and to make sure we have enough time to get off to our other Memorial Day festivities. Monday is supposed to be a beautiful, warm and clear day. I know it’s hard to believe but the waters really are warming up and getting quite comfortable.
Importantly, save the date for the James Doty One Mile Memorial Swim on Sat. June 14 from the L Street Bath House.
As many of you know, Jim is an iconic swim figure for the Boston area who was instrumental in restarting the Boston Light Swim and in forming the New England Marathon Swimming Association (NEMSA).
Preregister online for only $10! The first 30 registrants are guaranteed an event shirt. Signup here: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=28089. For more information: http://bostonlightswim.org/james-doty-memorial-mile-swim/
Great turnout on a day when the ocean was maybe 50 degrees. I apologize for predicting it to be 55 degrees. Needless to say it stung more than a bit upon entry to the water. Once we were in however, there was a smooth oncoming swell that enticed just a few of us to body surf and frolic about in the waves. And best of all the clouds parted for a beautiful morning as we returned to shore. It was really a pleasure seeing everyone back at it again and the pictures below say it all.
Same time (Sunday 8:00 am) and place (first entrance to Nantasket Beach) next week. More details to follow on the Memorial Day Swim, but given the likely parking issues that morning, the expected beach crowds and the many other commitments and BBQs we may have, we plan to meet at 7:30 am (which means well be in the water just before 8am). Enjoy the week.
The ocean temp is nearing 50 degrees, which means it is time to get back in the water, or time to congratulate those of you who never got out (Helen, Ted, and others).
While I’m sure there will be swimmers out at Nantasket starting this Sunday at 8am (all are welcome), the regular swims are returning Sunday, May 18, at 8:00 from the same place in Nantasket Beach. If you need directions or have questions, feel free to email me. It’s been an exceedingly long and cold winter so it’ll feel good to get out of the pool and back to the expansive Mass. Bay.
More details will be forthcoming on the memorial day swim…
Enjoy the weekend.
As expected, cold yet clear and calm waters for the Barnacle Splash. A tremendous thanks goes out to the kayakers, shuttle drivers, and Hull’s famous restaurant Toast, which served up hot and tasty post-swim breakfast. For your enjoyment, here are some of the photos of the pre- and post-swim entertainment. If you have photos you’d like to share, send them along and I’ll add to the post. And if you missed the swim this past weekend, there are still plenty of remaining swims between now and Thanksgiving each Sunday (and most Saturdays for that matter).
This Sunday will mark the 3rd Annual Barnacle Splash Swim starting at 7:00 AM. This year we’ll be swimming from the usual starting spot at the entrance to Nantasket heading south east along the rocky coast, out and around Doctor Island, and into Black Rock Beach in Cohasset. This is 1.5 miles. If you’re winded, in need of food, or suffering from caffeine withdraw, we’ll have a car bringing people back. If however you want to continue, you can turn around and swim back, which makes the route a nice 3 miles. The tide is perfect for the swim and conditions as of now appear to be ideal.
This will be a supported swim with kayakers or paddlers along the route guiding the way and keeping an eye out for the south shore’s own indigenous venomous jumping lobsters that are starting to cause havoc on the traps. One was spotter swimming with goggles and a speedo taunting beach-goers just last weekend. Go figure?
Importantly, breakfast will be ordered. If you plan to swim, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if your bfast preference is eggs, pancakes or french toast. Our friends at Toast (the restaurant) have offered to deliver. Also, Barnacle Splash Swim Caps, made up for just this occasion, have arrived. They’ll be available on Sun. for a nominal fee.
For those interested in swimming during the week, people are swimming from the usual start location at around 5:30 as the sun is rising later. Also, there have been requests for afternoon swims. If you are interested, email me at the CB address as I’m happy to put you in touch with others looking to swim. It’s always more fun in a group.
If the rain this week has kept you confined to the indoors all week, there is no better release than a swim in the ocean. The weather is expected to clear and the water remains relatively warm for this time of year.
On Sunday July 28th, we’re going to try something a little different – we’ll be starting at the same time, 8am, but further North along Nantasket by the bath house which is about one mile from our usual starting spot. From there we can swim toward Point Allerton. The bath house has showers so this could come in handy. To get there you make a right turn just after the Nantasket Beach Resort and drive along the section that has the parallel parking spaces. Go toward the end and you’ll see the brick bath house and swimmers in speedos.
For Sat., we will meet at the usual place with swimmers showing up as early as 6:30am.
There seems to be quite the interest in the morning weekday swims based on recent turnout.
From now until the it starts getting light later, you’ll most likely be assured of seeing other swimmers out and about in the ocean starting at 5:15 am all days of the week. However, Wed. and Fri. be designated as the days to make a concerted effort to get out there. Note that weekday swims are mostly but not entirely all business with no photos so that we can all get our days started.
If you haven’t tried an early morning weekday ocean swim, I can personally guarantee you there is no better way to begin the morning. Being in the water as the sun is rising over the horizon is pretty special and is something to really take advantage of during the summer.
Sunday’s swim was perfect for concluding the holiday weekend – we had perfect conditions all four days. As usual, we had many familiar faces, but we also had some new swimmers along with drop-ins from former regulars who now reside from as nearby as Pittsburgh and as far as Paris. The random photo as seen below never gets old and our model Ted looks good in the new Crusty Barnacle hoody that he wasn’t afraid to don in the hot sun. If you placed an order for one, contact Steve to make arrangements to pick it up and if you still would like one, given the demand a second order will be going in soon.
Looking ahead, it’s time to start planning the 3rd Annual Barnacle Bash Swim, which will be held Sun. Aug. 18th this year starting at 7:00 am. Mark your calendar, as we’re doing a few things different this year to make it a bit more entertaining. First there will be two options, swimming from Nantasket to Black Rock Beach going around Doctor Island (about 1.75 miles) or Nantasket to Sandy Beach (about 3 miles). We’ll have transportation back to Nantasket from both locations along with food and drinks to re-fuel after the swim. The 7am start time is to ensure we’re finished before parking or lifeguard restrictions go into effect.
Also, if anyone is interested in early morning weekday swims starting at around 5:30 am, there will likely be a group of people throughout the week greeting the sunrise. Email email@example.com if you are interested so we can make arrangements.
Lastly, be on the lookout for some future changes of venue as we will occasionally be taking the sunday swims on the road.
In the meantime, enjoy the week…
As a reminder, we’re planning to swim yet again this Sun. at the usual time, 8am, and place, beginning of Nantasket in Hull.
There have been requests to explore the Southern Coast of Hull. For those interested, we’re planning a swim to Gunrock Breach, which is 1/2 mile from where we enter the water. It’ll be low tide so we’ll have to swim a bit further than normal to get beyond the rocks. For anyone with a bit more ambition who hasn’t already worn themselves out from the long holiday weekend, the alternate swim on Sunday will be to the Beach beneath Green Hill (the cove just before Black Rock), which is 1 mile from where we enter the water or 2 miles roundtrip.
If we get enough people confirming the swim on Sun and if you let us know which beach you plan to swim to, we can make arrangements for food or coffee at one or both beaches to give you the extra boost needed for the return swim. Anyone with a paddle board or kayak that is interested in an early morning paddle, we always appreciate the company and the escort, not to mention an extra lookout for sleek pointy fins. Based on this morning’s swim, the water is crisp and clear, not too hot and almost not too cold.
Also, there will be swimmers heading out Sat. morning from the same location leaving anywhere from 7-8am to accommodate everyone’s early weekend schedule and obligations.
Lastly and based on popular demand, a complimentary crusty barnacle exclusive open water swim clinic will be held tomorrow, Friday, at 7:30 am at Sandy Beach in Cohasset for anybody that has the day off or who may not have the day off but is deciding to take the day off anyhow.
Take care and enjoy your 4th of July celebrations.
PS – if you ordered a CB hoodie, they’ve arrived. Contact Steve G about getting yours in time for the break of the heat spell. They came out really nice. If you would like one and didn’t order one, it’s not too late, just let us know.
Courtesy of Wild Swimming New England (the greatest and most eloquently written swim blog in the Northeast), there is a potentially very useful website that tracks some of our largest friends of the sea, Ocearch Interactive Global Shark Tracker.
Here you can meet Mary Lee, Genie, and Lydia, who just joined in March after being tagged off the coast of Cape Cod, are just a few of the prospects you can find living in our area.
In all seriousness, I recommend you read today’s post on Wild Swimming about using common sense when out in the ocean and what we can expect from our pectoral finned friends this summer. Enjoy.
We’ll be swimming this weekend at the usual time and place, 8am at the entrance of Nantasket Beach on Sun. The ocean continues to warm up and should be pushing 60 degrees, which means it’s almost time to give up those wetsuits, booties and gloves if you haven’t already. Given the holiday on Monday, we’ll once again be meeting at the same time and place for the annual memorial day swim, which could involve a new course heading southeast toward Cohasset. Feel free to invite your friends who appreciate the open water or any fellow athletes looking to get ready for the upcoming triathlon season. Coffee, donuts and 12-month fresh bagels will be on hand both days. And for those looking to get out on Saturday, it’s not uncommon for a few swimmers to informally get together at 7:00 am also at the same location to get in a quick swim before the weekend starts.
As far as CB gear goes, we have several complimentary swim caps and 2012 bumper stickers still available on a first come first serve basis which were left over from last season. And through the inspiration and effort of Dr. Golden and Kimberly, the first and limited edition Crusty Barnacle hoodies are now available for order (see the mockup below). The pricing hasn’t been finalized, but they will likely be around $60. If you are interested, please let Steve Golden know how many and what size you’d like by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t think of a better way to warm up immediately following a dip in the brisk waters off of Hull.
See you this weekend.
So awesome to see Nahant Knuckleheads new and old today. You guys know how to go some serious distance. How was it?
Gonna be a hot weekend – perfect for a swim in the sea.
Caps are here – water is required.
If you’re planning to swim Sunday and want a cap, let me know. I plan to be at nantasket just before 8:00 am.
Thanks for getting back on caps. Orange was the winner. Also, we’re going with a white graphic instead of blue so it stands out. However, we are being offered a free upgrade from latest to silicone. Any objection to silicone?
Any reason for this not to be the official beer? Crusty Barnacle – Cape May Brewing Co
— Read on www.capemaybrewery.com/beers/crusty-barnacle/