Early Start to Season

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.

 

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Weekend Swims for Aug 23 & 24

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

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…

 

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Memorial Day Swims and Beyond

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/

 

Jim Doty Memorial Swim

Swim Season Official Under Way

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.

Opening Day Crew

Opening Day Crew

Ted's pre-swim ritual

Ted’s pre-swim ritual: Applying glide on his good luck towel

Can we back out?

Can we back out?

I can do this I can do this

I can do this I can do this

Yoga Stretches

I almost have that pesky zipper in my hand

Sun. May 18 is Get Back in the Cold Ocean for a Brisk Open Water Swim Day

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.

2013 Barnacle Splash

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).

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Vic’s infamous random shot

Group Photo Serious.tiff

The whole group

Trust me this time.tiff

Trust me this time, I know what I’m talking about

Pre Swim Warm Up

Stretch them muscles

More warm up.tiff

The shark’s mouth was this large

conspiring.tiff

Why are we doing this again?

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I swear to Crusty, I did not inhale

Sunrise

Swim route at dawn – what lurks below?

That was fun, what is next?.tiff

That was fun, what is next?

Gonna walk the rest of the way.tiff

The swim was tiring, I’m just going to walk the rest of the way.

Pep talk.tiff

If I have to go back into those cold waters one more time…

My my houlder hurts after that swim.tiff

I deserve a shoulder massage after this swim

Lets do that again.tiff

Let’s do that again!

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That was noth’n.

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I will not blink first

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Larry, Moe and Curly of swimming?

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My job here is done

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I’m not feeling so well

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Grandpa stealing a moment with grandson

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What every self-respecting annual swim needs, bright red shoes with checkered flag laces. But do you know who this famous person is?