Since it was Earth Day, we celebrated our communion with Nature with some naked swimming. It's not clear that Nature appreciated it that much.
Paul Springer directed a great race, and I hope that we get some pictures of everyone jumping off the fire boat by the Bay Bridge in the early morning sunlight, which was beautiful.
Here are some photos from Colin at Flatstar
and Kevin Buckholtz
The objective was to try and swim as close to your estimated time as possible. There were 2 divisions - the Earth Children (naked) and not. With the starting horn, I was out of my speedos and in the water before getting embarassed, and set off as fast as I could. Devon Spicer was there, and has quite the swimming pedigree, so I knew I had to take advantage of the start I had from being dropped further out from the shore, and closer to the helping ebb current under the Bay Bridge.
Other than the usual amount of verbal abuse I received from Bobby (great to see you back), and a close encounter with a ferry, it was pretty smooth sailing to Pier 39, and then a bit of a slog through the chop to get in only 39 seconds behind my estimated time of 45 minutes. It took me the usual amount of time to actually stand up and jog up the beach, so 45 probably wasn't too bad a guess. I chivalrously re-entered the water after rediscovering clothing, and stayed in the shallows to hold (small) towels for the naked females
A great swim. Joe must have been excited to have folks celebrate his birthday in their birthday suits.
Bobby dedicated the swim to Tim Spicer, may he rest in peace, and he would have been very proud to see his son carrying on his fine tradition.