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Swim Report – September 24, 2016 – Turbulence

It was a rather raucous morning out at the lakefront on Saturday as Ma Nature gave us some 3 – 4 foot swells and heavy chops. But the 66.5F lake temp made it quite palatable – even while dodging the seaweed obstacle course! Eleven of us met out at L1 just after 6:30am.... Read More


Swim Report – September 22, 2016 – One Last Summer Fling

One OWC tradition that we’ve tried to keep every year is to get in the last swim of Summer and the first swim of Autumn all at once. To do this, we’ve met up at L1 right before the exact time of the Equinox, and we’ve gotten in the lake with a minute or so... Read More


Swim Report – September 17, 2016 – Last (Official) Meetup of Summer!

Our last meetup of summer 2016 turned out to be one of our best swims thanks to near perfect conditions out at L1! While it was still a bit overcast at 6:30am, the lake was perfectly flat with aquarium clear conditions – so much so that you could see the ripples in the... Read More


Swim Report – August 27, 2016 – Late Summer Chops

Five of us met out at L1 on Saturday morning at the tail end of a thunderstorm. There was some lightning on the eastern horizon, so we had to wait a half hour before getting into the water. But we were pleasantly surprised when we did! The official temperature came at a uniform... Read More


Swim Report – August 20, 2016 – Air Show Swim

The Air and Water show weekend is always a gamble when it comes to swimming. L1 is usually too congested, and the city sometimes shuts down the area altogether. But everything was A OK at 5:30am! Given the overcast skies and later sunrise time, it was rather dark at 5:30am.... Read More


Swim Report – August 6, 2016 – Summer Reunion

The dog days of summer always seem to bring out larger crowds – including Lake Monsters who we haven’t seen in a while. And this was most certainly the case on Saturday! The heat wave from earlier in the week brought the lake temperature up to 74.5F. While this... Read More

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