RE: Swimming in

From: David Veach (veach@LANQuest.COM-DeleteThis)
Date: Thu May 07 1998 - 15:44:35 PDT

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From: David Veach <veach@LANQuest.COM-DeleteThis>
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Subject: RE: Swimming in
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 15:44:35 -0700
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I had a swim in at Coyote last March from about a mile, maybe a
little less. The wind had dropped off completely and the tide was
flooding. It took me over an hour and I was VERY cold and tired at the
end of the swim. I think in retrospect I should have ditched the rig
but that's a hard thing to when you've just dropped a grand on a new sail
and mast. It was just about dark when I finally made the harbor entrance
and I couldn't get out of the water without assistance. If it had been
ebbing or the if the chop was very rough, I probably wouldn't have made it
without ditching.

I definitely recommend swimming over paddling, I tried both and made much
better progress with the former. (it helps if it's not the 1st trip out
of the season and to not be totaly out of shape which it was and I was)

-dave <>
175lbs protech 8'10"/clam 8'6"

-----Original Message-----
From: Booker Bense []
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 1998 3:20 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Swimming in

On Thu, 7 May 1998, Ken Poulton wrote:

> > I know I can paddle 2 miles in under 2 hours
> Have you tested this? I've always figured that although paddling a
> longboard may be speedy, that paddling a shortboard is much slower than
> swimming and you'd be lucky to make 1/2 mile/hr. Then there are those
> pesky 1.5 knot tides to deal with sometimes.

- Well, I've swam in from the channel marker at 3rd. Not an
experience I wish to repeat. It took me well over an hour, that's
roughly a mile. I did get back with all my gear, I expect
you could make much better time by ditching the sail.

- However, that was in a dead calm. I suspect that in strong
chop and 20+mph winds my progress would have been alot
slower. In my experience, it's much faster to swim and
drag your board behind you. My legs work much better
than my arms. Rough water might be a whole different
story. So far all my swims have been in calm weather.

- Booker C. Bense

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