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.
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.
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.
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).
Vic’s infamous random shot
The whole group
Trust me this time, I know what I’m talking about
Stretch them muscles
The shark’s mouth was this large
Why are we doing this again?
I swear to Crusty, I did not inhale
Swim route at dawn – what lurks below?
That was fun, what is next?
The swim was tiring, I’m just going to walk the rest of the way.
If I have to go back into those cold waters one more time…
I deserve a shoulder massage after this swim
Let’s do that again!
That was noth’n.
I will not blink first
Larry, Moe and Curly of swimming?
My job here is done
I’m not feeling so well
Grandpa stealing a moment with grandson
What every self-respecting annual swim needs, bright red shoes with checkered flag laces. But do you know who this famous person is?