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

Monday, November 02, 2009

The Water-Log: Pulling the Plug on November 1, 2009

It doesn't look really inviting does it? The Beach, (low tide and FULL of rocks); the Water, (kind of gray and cold); the Sky, (well, we certainly have swum under worse looking skies!). In any event, conditions were far from ideal so Carol decided to "Pull-the-Plug" on Open Water Swimming at West Neck Beach for 2009. Below is her story, (pictures are her's as well!):

Well, it looks like the open-water swimmers have said "No" to November....Even I couldn't bring myself to take the plunge on this cold, damp, dreary and miserable November 1st. I'm thinking the 2009 open-water swimming season may truly be over, and I'll have to wait until next year to test out my new insulated booties and gloves!

It does seem like the end came unusually quickly this year, though -- my last OWS last year was November 7th, and I believe our favorite Canadian Rob Martell was still cavorting in the salt in December! Who knew we'd miss our ozone layer so much?

I did get myself to West Neck Beach this afternoon, though, for one last look and a few farewell picures of a vista that I expect I won't be seeing again for a few more months (very few, I hope!). Until then, it's back to the pool for me, and for my open-water brethren (and sisthren). That means I'll be pulling the plug on "The Water-Log" (unless, of course, we get a sudden blast of Florida weather!), but that doesn't mean you won't be hearing from me...Stay tuned for "The Chlorine Chronicles," or maybe, "The Perils of Chlorine"!! -- Carol

EDITORS NOTE: Wouldn't you know that as soon as Carol decided to leave West Neck Beach till 2010, the clouds should part and blue skies reign... it was as if the very beach itself was inviting us back to swim again! And, you know what -- We''ll be back!

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