Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2012 Open Water swimming events

Open water swims present an opportunity for competitive athletes to share the water with recreational swimmers.  Triathletes often use open water swims as practice for their next triathlon.  It’s a time to get together and swim without chlorine and lane lines. 
Navigation is a big part of open water swimming.  Buoys that are easily seen from the beach become invisible from water level.  The current you didn’t know about, is now pushing you off course.  Wind and waves add to your sighting and navigation problems.
1987 Donner Lake Swim
There is a best of 9 race finishes that count toward your total points for the year.  Of course there is timing and scoring provided for each race as well.  If you dislike cold water, wetsuits have their own division.
If you find pool swimming more to your liking, see my article on where to swim in the Lake Tahoe area.  http://www.tahoetruckeeoutdoor.com/2012/01/lap-swimming-in-tahoe-truckee.html

You may also be interested in the newly formed Lake Tahoe Swimming Society.

2012 Open Water Events:
May 19, Spring Lake 1 mile, Santa Rosa.
June 2, Lake Berryessa, 1 and 2 mile, Lake Berryessa.
June 9, Lake Del Valle, 5k/10k.
June 10, Lake Del Valle, .75 mile and 2.5K, Bay Area.
June 30, Russian River/Lake Mendocino, 1 mile, 500yds. Sonoma Co.
July 21, Trans-Tahoe Relay.  5 people cross Lake Tahoe.
July 28, Roughwater Pier Swim, 1 mile, Santa Cruz.
July 29, Roughwater Pier Swim, 2 mile, Santa Cruz.
August 4, Donner Lake, 2.7 mile  This swim fills up!
August 19, Donner Lake Chill, 500yds, .5 mile, 1 mile.
Sept. 9, Whiskeytown Lake 1& 2 mile, Redding.
Sept. 15, Lake Del Valle 2x1 relay swim.
Sept. 16, Keller Cove Pt. Richmond, .5,1,2 mile , SF Bay.

All of these races require a membership in U.S. Master's Swimming.  Their website is:http://www.usms.org/

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