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, August 26, 2009

Free Art & Music show this Saturday 8/29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. John's Church in Huntington

Saturday, August 29, 2009: See excellent work from local artists, have a free nibble and something to drink, and listen to some good acoustic music from a band featuring Tim Sullivan, (that was Tim's shameless self-promotion moment in an email that he recently sent).

St. John's is located on the corner of Main Street and Prospect Street in Huntington Village, across the street from the Huntington Library. All are welcome.

CLICK HERE for more information on this event.

Hurricane Bill Spares Long Island But Leaves US With an Awsome Sunday Morning Sunrise Over Gilgo Beach

Thanks to Harry for getting up at "the crack of dawn" (literally) to take these really senic photos of a Sunday Sunrise at Gilgo Beach. Thanks to Hurricane Bill for some nifty looking, (though dangerous), surf.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Joanna's Swin in Swim Across America 5K

The following is from Joanna on August 15th:

I wanted to write and say a collective thank you to all who made sponsored by Swim Across America 5K. I swam the event this morning (successfully). The 3.1 mile swim took me about an hour and fifty minutes. The weather was beautiful, the conditions were good, and we had nice views of Connecticut and Sands Point. Thankfully, I did not encounter any unfriendly marine life or other hazards of the Long Island Sound. I did scoop up many handfuls of moon jellyfish, but I've learned to tolerate those since they don't sting. I've attached two pictures -- one as I was exiting the water (accompanied by one of the kayak escorts) and one right afterwards, with Milo, who is trying desperately not to touch me because I was wet.

I appreciate your financial support for Swim Across America, which is a great organization. I didn't get the final count, but this one event alone typically raises in the neighborhood of $500,000. Thanks to all your generous contributions, I raised $3200.

Keep on swimming!


Friday, August 14, 2009

New Product: StingMate could end your worries about Jellyfish stings!

StingMate® is a First Aid vinegar gel with menthol for neutralizing jellyfish stings.
So if you are doing an Open Water Swim and your not swimming close by to Rob, (who carries his own jellyfish sting First Aid formulation), you may want to Click Here to check out the StingMate® web site.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Makamah Beach Open Water Swim: August 1, 2009

I don't know about the rest of you, but I was getting a bit sick and tired of all the rain that we have been getting -- June was almost a total washout and July was not much better. But then the sun came up on August 1, 2009 on Makamah Beach and almost made up for all those rainy days and nights. Long Island Sound was about as calm as it gets -- a perfect day for our first Open Water Swim test of the KickBoard Cam. Even if it didn't work as advertised, the swim conditions would more than make up for any disappointment!

A view from the path that leads from the parking lot to the beach.

Bob is on the path walking back to the lot after checking out the water.

Bob makes a last minute adjustment to the KickBoard Cam and we're ready to head back to the beach and into the water for the first Open Water Test of the KickBoard Cam.

It was really tough to find a spot to put our stuff on this beach!

We are in the waters of Long Island Sound...

Lined up and ready to start swimming...

If you turned your head to the right to breath when we headed East, this is what you got to look at... the houses lined up on Makamah Beach. If you looked left as we swam East you got to look for the Connecticut shoreline, (hard to see from in the water -- even on a clear day!). The return trip -- we swam Westbound so us right-side breathers got to check out all the houses. 

We are finishing up the swim.. below is the view South from the parking lot... lots and lots of marshland. 
Below is the video from our FIRST Open Water Swim Test of the KickBoard Cam. Thanks to Bob, my "engineer" for making the KickBoard Cam possible, (though lets work on a way to keep water drops OFF the lens!), and BIG Thanks to Carol for access to a great beach for our first OWS Test.