2016 is almost here and so is the NYD Alcatraz Swim. South End hosts this event. Check in and all briefings, and lunch!, will be held at South End. The schedule is tentative and might change based on the test swim, so watch your email for any changes. The tides don’t wait for late arrivals, nor will the boat. This swim is not timed, which means you can take a peak at SF and the bridges, but the water is cold. Swim with friends. Enjoy the swim but be aware of your body temperature and time remaining to shore.
Race into 2016 with a brisk cove swim with fellow ‘Phins. After the swim, we will have trinkets and tide books and some food and drink. Check in: 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM. Pilot and Swim Briefing: 7:45 AM. Jump: 8:00 AM. (No annual swim fees or USMS dues for Cove events.) The Cove swim occurs before the NYD Alcatraz swim, so you will have hot water and plenty of time to get warm for those wanting to do a double dip (and log lots of squares on the first day of 2016). (Details on Alcatraz will be posted when we get them, but we know the jump will be about 11 AM for Alcatraz.)
The 2015-2016 Polar Bear has begun. The Polar Bear runs from 5:00 AM on December 21, 2015 to 11:00 PM on March 21, 2016. The squares are up in their usual spot, so break out the colored pencils, get in the water, and get artistic with your miles. To complete the Polar Bear, those under 60 must swim at least 40 miles. Those over 60 (“Old Goats”) must swim at least 20 miles. The Club record is 356 miles. If you complete the Polar Bear, you will receive a white marble block with your miles on it (if this is your first Polar Bear, you will get a little polar bear to go on top of the block) at the Pilots Appreciation Dinner. The forecast for this winter is rain, but the rain is warmer than the water, so come on down. If you are swimming outside of the Bay Area, any water 55 degrees F (or colder!) counts towards your miles, unless you are trying for First to 40, which must be completed in the Cove.
December 20, 2015
Francisco Hernandez, Terry Horn, Davis Ja, Brian Kiernan, Andrea Morgan, Kent Myers, John Robiola
David Bennett, Ward Bushee, Andrew Cassidy, Peter Cullinan, Nancy Friedman, Brian Gilbert, John Grunstad, Anne Hamersky, Sergei Khorochev, Mickey Lavelle, George Morris, Peter Neubauer, Daragh Powers, Robin Rome, Polly Rose, Kathleen Sheridan, Deborah Sherwood, Eric Shupert, Andy Stone, Matthew Stoops, Janice Wood, Madhuri Yechuri
The following have qualified for the New Year’s Day Alcatraz Swim, run by the South End Rowing Club:
Robert Callan Jr.
Danny De Leon
Laura Vartain Horn
The following swam the Dolphin Club New Year’s Day Qualifier and finished. All have qualified for the New Year’s Day Alcatraz Swim, run by the South End Rowing Club, but these have indicated that they do not plan to swim the New Year’s Day event:
Please note: with 56 swimmers qualified and a limit of 60 from the Dolphin Club, if you indicated that you were not going to but have decided to swim, please notify the Dolphin Club Swim Commissioners to make sure there is room.
If you have qualified and had planned to swim but change your mind, please inform the Dolphin Club Swim Commissioners so that they know there may be room for swimmers who have asked to swim, have qualified and originally indicated that they would not swim.