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Date: 7/23/2011
Distance: 1.7 km
Type: Point-to-point (Cross-channel)
Body: Narragansett Bay, RI
Salt water

The event was scheduled to start at 8a, and me being myself and my mother being herself, we tried to get to register when they opened, at 6a. As always, the Naval War College is beautiful, especially at sunrise. Not as always, I was jumping in this time.

A little history: My mom has been doing this swim, skipping a few here and there, for 17 years. It was her first big open water event, and we all know how that turned out. In short, I was really happy to be able to do this together with her. It was our first event together on the same course (I did the 1-mile Mighty Merrimack last year, and she did the 2-mile).

We braved the treacherous rocks into the bay, and were both relieved to hit a bed of sea grass. The event was launched by a big cannon by men in Revolutionary-era garb, and away we went. I was amazed at how clear and how blue the water was. The waters around NYC are sort of a #466552 while Narragansett Bay was more of a #466560, a minor difference, I know, but it really means something when it's all you can see ;-)
It got a little choppy when we got into the main channel, but the water was clear and warm, and the Pell Bridge a welcome companion. I made it in 1:05:05, which was not amazing, but I'm pretty pleased, as I was expecting about 1:10.

By the way, you can see some photos I took at the event at this Google Plus entry.
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Date: 6/24/2011
Distance: 1.2 km
Type: Circumnavigation
Body: New York Harbor
Salt water

The event started in the early evening to rain. Not that we noticed in the water. I ran into my friend LB shortly before jumping off the boat Respect. The pack was very congested, and it never really cleared up. For some reason the water seemed cloudier than the East River was last year, perhaps because of all the rain we've been having lately. It was overcastand very choppy - fun, but challenging. Pretty neat event, and it was a real treat to swim at the feet of Lady Liberty.
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