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

Sunday, September 30, 2007

September 8, 2007: "Swim for Life" in Provincetown, Cape Cod

The September 8th "Swim for Life" in Provincetown, Cape Cod is an annual fundraising event for AIDS research and women's health. Carol was there, swam it and sent in the following report, suggestion for 2008 and pictures... Thanks Carol!

"Boy, do they know how to party in Provincetown! More than 300 participants swim from Long Point Lighthouse across Provincetown Harbor (about 1.4 pretty choppy miles) to the main beach at Commercial Street, and then join the crowd and cheerleaders (yes!) for a free "Mermaid Brunch"! What a party! And what a swim! Crystal clear, clean water the whole way across, and hordes of people beating drums, waving pom-poms and chanting your name as you get out of the water -- I can't wait to do it next year! (Actually, there are a lot of groups/teams that participate -- Let's get the Huntington Master's Swimmers to go as a group next year!)"

That weekend this year did conflict with the Annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim but who knows what 2008 will bring... the Cape Cod waters do look a little bit clearer and cleaner than the East River!

300 PLUS Swimmers!

Cheerleaders with Pom Poms!

Carol is out of the water and checking her time... though she didn't report it.

Carol discusses the race with one of her personal cheerleaders.

The crowd was large and having LOTS of fun. This is, afterall, Provincetown MA on the tip of Cape Cod -- not exactly know for being a quiet seaside town. Party! Party!

" The Mermaid Brunch is that way!"

Saturday, September 29, 2007

September 29, 2007: The LAST Ocean Swim of the Year?

Carol brought her camera to Robert Moses Beach on the Atlantic Ocean this morning, (Saturday, September 29, 2007), and "filed" the following report and these terrific pictures:

"Brrrr...! It was cold and windy on the beach, but we got to watch the sun come up over the water and that's worth getting up early for. The water wasn't too bad (maybe 65 or 66 or so), and pretty mild waves (or I would have stayed on the beach!)...Nine of us showed up to swim -- a pretty good showing for late September, I think (with Joye's son Josh along to warm the beach and take group pictures!)."

Thanks Carol... and for the rest of you -- keep those pictures and stories coming! Mike

Bob's Surboard stayed firmly attached to the car at Cedar Beach this morning after the swim off Field 5 at Robert Moses. FYI, Bob reports that the surf at Gilgo Beach was just as bad as the shore-break surf, (see below), at Cedar Beach (great for swimming though!).

The waves were more suited to photo-taking than surfboarding!

Stand Over there to get a better picture of the Zipper Buddies!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Monaco Tri: September 2, 2007

OK, OK so this is NOT your usual view while competing in a Tri but if you're willing to travel to the kingdom of Monaco -- what you see is what you get. A beautiful view but hills for biking like you can't believe!

The Swim Start in Monaco -- it looks just like West Neck Beach right?

Greg was up before dawn on September 2, 2007 and ready to go -- even though some of his neighbors were partying through the night (an occupational hazard when living in or visiting Monaco).

Greg is sprinting into the finish line, (note the cheerleaders -- this is Monaco afterall), enroute to his 3rd Place finish for an American. If you get a chance ask Greg how jet-lag effects Tri performance!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Brooklyn Bridge Swim: September 8, 2007

September 8th, 2007 marked the second annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim and conditions couldn't have been better -- at least for the swimmers. The water temperature was in the low 70's and the currents on the East River seemed calmer than the previous year. Air temps were in the mid to high 80's and with the high humidity and bright sunshine at 2PM it was a pretty hot time for the spectators -- so our thanks go out to all who showed up to cheer us on!

As mentioned, the water temperature and and calm (relatively!) currents made for a great swim for the 123 swimmers who entered the East River at Dover Street -- a bit north of South Street Seaport and just under the Brooklyn Bridge. Of the 123 swimmers, 117 finished the race and made it to the Brooklyn side unassisted.

And how about the Huntington duo of Rob and Mike?

Pretty good -- both finished FIRST in their Age Groups and Rob finished 6th Overall and Mike finished 31st Overall out of the 117 swimmers completing the swim.

Mike's time was 17:55 and Rob's time was 14:49.

The boys from Huntington were smokin!

Mike is up for his First Place Award in the 60 plus age group.

Rob rceives his First Place Award in the 40-49 age group. You can "click" the arrow link in the video below to watch and hear Rob walk up to receive his award -- what will they think of next!