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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.