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Swim Report – June 18, 2016 – Goodbye Spring!

The unseasonably hot weather caused the lake temperatures to spike this weekend. Not that we were complaining… Despite the super early sunrise, we had quite a festive crowd out at L1 at 5:15am. And when I took the lake temperature reading, the mercury came in at a sizzling... Read More


Swim Report – June 11, 2016 – Dog Days of Spring

Saturday turned out to be a real scorcher with the air temp reaching 94F by late afternoon. Fortunately for us, we got in a swim in near perfect conditions while it was still marginally tolerable outside! In the final weeks leading up to the Summer solstice, the days are still... Read More


D-Day – June 6, 1944

“I hope people remember there were many men who sacrificed their lives and youths. We were young when we went over there, but we came back old men. It was a supreme sacrifice. I hope people remember, there were some of us willing to die for democracy, because we believed in... Read More


Swim Report – May 28, 2016 – Reach the Beach

I started OWC nine years ago as a very informal get together with just a few other swimmers. But as always in life, One Thing Leads to Another, and we now have over 400 Lake Monsters! Seven of us made it out to L1 at the ungodly hour of 5:20am. We weren’t expecting much... Read More


Swim Report – May 21, 2016 – Gettin’ Warmer!

It’s turning out to be a beautiful weekend, so I’m keeping this brief so I can get back outside! A larger than expected group of swimmers showed up at 5:20am to get in a brisk and choppy Lake Michigan. The official water temperature came in at 54.7F (surface), which... Read More


Swim Report – May 14, 2016 – Lake Monster #400!

A 52.6F lake and a blustery 43F air temperature didn’t dissuade us from getting out to L1 for a swim on Saturday morning. In fact, it was much more preferable in the water than it was waiting outside in the wind! For a short while, it looked like we were going to get some... Read More

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