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2010 Full Moon Swim collage

To quote Tom Waits, it looked a lot like the old Madame La Rue pinball
out there in the water, fluctuating, bobbing and flashing red-blue-green-orange-purple-pink-turquoise glow bands!

Thanks again to all that made it out for the third Full Moon Swim for the Shadow Cliffs Orcas. We again had a good number of people out there, it was a little windy and cooler than in the past two swims, but the water was a wonderful temp. There were many faces from last year, but we also had a good number of first timers. We had two canoes and two kayaks and 30 swimmers in the water.

I hope the pizza was not too heavy a meal for folks, of course no one sank, so I guess we’re all okay. We tried getting a jump on the meal this time so that it would give folks about an hour and a half to digest their meal. I didn’t see too many leftover pieces out of the 6 large pizzas, so I think that is a postive vote overall.

Thanks for doing the beach clean up, it helps the park staff out and they have to make a personal sacrifice to stay late until we are out of the park, thank you Chris on the park staff for sticking it out.

I would be remise if I did not thank the canoe and kayak pilots. You did a great job overseeing the swimmers, you folks make it all possible, I hope you had as much fun as those of us in the water. Again, thank you so much!

Start of the swim

I want to personally congradulate the last three swimmers that came in, I’ve tested all three of them, they’re pretty new to swimming, their original goal was to get through a tri-for-fun (400 yards) in water along the shore, broad dylight and water that gets no deeper than 8 feet and in most spots you can “walk” the swim course. Well 1,600 yards in the dark is a big jump, I think it is great you stuck it out and have a new personal record and experience under your belt; thanks for coming out, this is what it’s all about!


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RSVP here: I’m coming to the Full Moon Swim!

For those of you who made it to either of the Full Moon swims last year, you will recall what a great time we had. Well, it’s that time again. Those of you who have not, here is a quick overview/preview. Swim start at 8:30 PM
Technically the full moon is on the 24th, but hey, we’re close enough. The moon should be just clearing the horizon along the back wall (over the point) as we are swimming on our return leg.

As we have in the past, before our swim, we do a quick beach clean up, it’s a help to the park staff, who will have to work a little longer day for us.

For more background information refer to these previous posts: Full-moon-Deux 2009 and Full Moon Swim Recap

Here’s the tentative “schedule”
Friday August, 27
6:30 PM get together and Pizza Party at the beach!
7:15 PM start beach cleanup walk
7:30 PM set out light sticks at rockpile or point or both (TBD)
8:00 – 8:15 PM Full head count of all that are swimming, additional sign in
on the beach
8:30 PM Swim start
9:30 PM Last person out of the water and accounted for
10:00 PM Park gates locked, you’re spending the night if you ain’t
out by then.

How dark will it be?
Sunset: 7:45 PM
Civil Twilight ends (horizon still visible) : 8:14 PM
Nautical Twilight ends (getting dark): 8:46 PM
Astronomical twilight ends (okay it’s dark now for sure): 9:20 PM

Keep in mind we will have glow stick markers showing the point, rock pile and return to the beach as well as kayaks and everyone will have a glow bracelet. It should be a colorful event. When we start the swim, it will still be light enought to see the far wall, (the point and rockpile). On the return leg to the beach, the buildings have lights on them and are easy to spot. We’ll have kayaks in the water to track swimmers in the water. One kayak will set out the light sticks and follow the last folks in.

The night swims are really fun and different. The evening should be incredibly pleasant, the water warm, and glass smooth. The full moon swim has special meaning to Al and I, but that’s grist for another post….

Anyone not a member yet is welcome to sign up earlier in the evening, though please let me know if you are interested ahead of time at: sign_up@shadowcliffsorcas.com

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