Huntington Masters Swim Team

The Huntington Masters Swim Team ("HUMS"), an official club of US Masters Swimming, holds daily early-morning pool workouts year-round at the Huntington YMCA, 60 Main Street, Huntington (contact the Y at 631-421-4242 for Full Y membership fee information).

Indoor Pool Workouts in one of the Y’s two 25-yard pools begin at 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 7:00 a.m. weekends and last one to two hours. These workouts are open to all Full Y members.

Open-Water Swims are held from May to November at West Neck Beach and other local Long Island beaches. Outdoor swim schedules are posted on The Water-Blog.

Want to swim for the Home Team? You can! Join HUMS at

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

West Neck Beach Open Water Swim

It is just about 6:40am Wednesday morning, September 28, 2005. Thank goodness there is no wind because at this early hour the air temperature is still in the low 50's. The sun hasn't even officially appeared as we make our way into the still warm waters of Cold Spring Harbor. This view is looking due West. Check how sunny and bright the pictures below are -- they were all taken AFTER we got back.

No, that's not a scary sea creature... just one of the Huntington Masters Swim Team swimmers approaching the shore at full speed after a traditional Wednesday morning Open Water Swim. Looks like Rob to me.

Joe walks in after going back out to rescue a "flip flop" that had started to float away on the outgoing tide.

Even at high tide there are enough nasty rocks at West Neck Beach that Rob swims in as close to shore as he can.

make their way
to shore.
It was a great day for
an open water swim!

Frank was the last one back to shore -- he's looking back trying to figure out just where he made that wrong turn!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Simon Butterworth Heads To Colorado

The following report is from our good friend Simon Butterworth:

Ingrid retired in August and with my attempts to get a business going derailed by a biking accident in the spring we decided to move to more economical digs. As Katrina left devastation down south we crossed the path of her remains last month on our drive out to Colorado, with cat and dog. The following is a not too long summary of our drive out here.

We were very glad to have driven out here and finally seen a bit of the country that we have only seen from 30,000 ft in the past. We did not see much of anything but wet roads for the first day but by the time we stopped on day two to have a look at the site of the Chicago Triathlon (the waterfront) the sun was shining (and has remained so except for one day ever since). If you are one of my Triathlete friends and have thought of doing a Tri with over 5,000 other people Chicago is certainly the place to do it. If it was not for the winters out here I could think of no better very big city to live in.

Crossing Wisconsin we were also temped to stop and stay. It is easy to understand why so much cheese comes from here. We stopped at Lacrosse to have a look at the Mississippi and found a magnificent small city.

Crossing the Prairie at 70 mph is interesting at least for a while. Thinking about going across in a Prairie Schooner (AKA Covered Wagon) brought new respect to the pioneers of this country and continued respect to the farmers still working this land. And, if the pioneers route took them into the Badlands (as we did) they must have thought that God had abandoned them completely. I think this place defines desolate beauty better than any I have ever seen.

It is hard to imagine that this was once a place teaming with sea life (the rocks are limestone formed at the bottom of a shallow inland sea). It also provokes a sobering thought that there is enough water, locked up in the ice caps, to flood this area 1,000 of miles from the sea and I think over 1,000 ft in elevation.

The Black Hills and Mt Rushmore rise out of the desolation to the west of the Badland. Well worth a visit to play tourist and a great place to train. A night in the Bavarian Inn (instead of Super 8 motels) was most welcome. An early morning run introduced me to what running was going to be like out here, very nice.

Another day of Prairie heading south across eastern Wyoming and we were cruising down the I25 with the Rockies on our right. Sure is a great way to arrive in the Boulder Denver Area.

The animals did great on the trip. Nina our cat was not too happy at being cooped up in a small dog cage for the trip but she survived. We brought a harness and leash to “walk” her and she adapted quickly and also learned a Houdini trick and on one occasion climbed out the harness and took off between a fleet of parked tractor trailers. She was happy we were not. Hanna (dog) also adapted well and seemed to look on our minivan as home after 5 days.

So here we are. Apart from unpacking we have spent the last two weeks looking for a permanent home and we hope we have found it. I wish it had a view of the mountains from the house but views add big bucks, 50K in new developments, to the price of a home. With this one all we have to do is step out of the front of the house and we can see the Flatirons (a section of the Front Range of the Rockies) with very dramatic rock outcroppings (popular spot for Climbers).

NOTE: If you need Simon's new email address, just ask Bob Miller or me (Mike Engel)

Monday, September 05, 2005

September 03, 2005 John Daly Sr. Memorial 1 Mile Ocean Swim

John Daly update
courtesy of Rob Martell:

"Ken Longo finished with a blistering 27:10 min to finished second in his age group.

Me.. not as blistering with 28:50 to finish 4th in my age group.

Rob Ripp was second in the same group with 28:12 I think.

Not sure where others finished or the overall , as they have not posted online yet. A wonderful day for a swim though with clear water and skies and 150+ or so swimmers."