Best-Seats-in-the-House Giveaway for Sunday Boston Sporting Event

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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 tom_k_baker@mac.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.

Get your weekday sunrise swim on & XTERRA Wetsuit Discounts!

IMG_3313No 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.

Tom

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.

95 Reasons to Get into the Ocean this Weekend

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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.

Modest but Strong Group Last Weekend

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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.

Put May 28th on the Calendar

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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.

Full Moon Sunrise Swim

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.

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Perfect weekend to…

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.

Swim Caps and Sunday June 26

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.

Ideal conditions for 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