Monday, November 14, 2011

Itchy and Scratchy....or, Debunking the Myth of Sea Lice

I've noticed in my many years of swimming at Coney, as the water cools, the itching begins. It starts with one or two red marks. Now, as the water nears 50F, I have about 10 welts the size of a quarter. Everyone calls it "sea lice", which sounds frightening. It is also incorrect, according to this medical article on the Divers Alert Network. No, according to the CDC what I have is the more innocuous sounding "swimmer's itch". Microscopic parasites that are looking for a duck to call home, but they settle for me. Ew. I think I'd rather be lunch for the jellyfish larvae.....

Towel off well, my friends....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Brooklyn Masters Swim Team

As many of you know, I have been dreaming of starting a REAL masters swim team here in Brooklyn for many years looks like I've finally found a pool! Details to come, but I am STOKED!!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Floating Movie Theater in Far Rockaway

Medium popcorn. Large Cherry Coke. Box of Junior Mints.

The tried-and-true movie theater essentials.

Though just this once, you may want to bring an anchor and life preserver, too.

Welcome to the Boggsville Boat-In Theater, a floating movie house in Far Rockaway that’s showing aquatic-themed flicks on a big screen in the middle of the bay, now playing.

Think of this as a coming attraction for what the movie date will look like after the polar ice caps melt. More specifically, it’s a makeshift drifting platform that screens films every Thursday through Saturday for an eager, seafaring audience. And the occasional curious mermaid.

So you’ll load up a cooler with beer, dust off your favorite captain’s hat and set a course for Marina 59 on Jamaica Bay. When you pull into port, you’ll notice a motley crew of crafts all moored together into a single cluster. That... is your Cineplex.

The movies here are free (donations are welcome) to any vessels in the area, but if you’re seeking permission to come aboard the flotilla (and get a better view of the screen), you’ll want to email ahead and reserve a spot at the dock.

Or try to rent one of the refurbished boats in Boggsville’s fleet for an overnight stay.

Perfect opportunity to join the Sea Level High Club.

Boggsville Boat-In Theater
at Marina 59
59-14 Beach Channel Dr
Far Rockaway, NY 11692

To read the full article, click here

Grimaldo's Mile VII in the news!

Open Swim Race In Brooklyn

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Renaissance of Open Water Swimming

Great article from Suzanne Sataline in this weekend's NY Times about some of our local swims and the renaissance of OWS here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Last week for Early Bird Special!

Hurry and sign up for the Aquarium Swims!
We have the USMS National 5k Championship and the NY Aquarium 1 mile swim.

Early bird special ($45) ends June 21st.

Post-swim party at the NY Aquarium--live music, yummy spread, dancing seals!

Historic 68 Mile Swim by Penny Palfrey

Penny is a darling. And a rock star. And a swim goddess. Always an inspiration, now she has has smashed another record. A big one. The longest solo unassisted ocean swim--68 miles, accomplished in forty hours and forty-one minutes. Straight. And no, she did not use a wetsuit, shark cage, or noodle. And what makes it even more fantastic is she is one of the most lovely, sweet, grounded people you will ever find. LOVE HER and her hard-core goodness!!! Big congrats to you Penny.

Read more about her swim on Fox Sports.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cool blog, swim buddies, google groups

Check out a super-cool blog from one of our new swim friends, Caitlin, who is also kindly organizing the week-day swimmers along with Samantha, another new swimmer.
Throw Me In The Ocean

If you are interested in swimming during the week, they have organized a google group and spreadsheet with all interested swimmers/times.

If you join the weekday swim-buddy google group, you can email when you are looking for a swim buddy and everyone who's interested will be notified.

And if you haven't already joined the CIBBOWS google group, for info on upcoming races and all things CIBBOWS, do so today. Our group is over 500 strong!

Swimmers Prep for Human-Powered Circle Line

Swimmers Prep for Human-Powered Circle Line
Really great piece about Sil'n Sweet Melissa's MIMS relay!

10k Charity Fundraiser for CIBBOWS

We have a new event this year!
The NY Harbor 10k/5k Charity Swim
Sunday September 11, 2011
We are raising money for several projects and initiatives. First priority will be aquiring equipment for races and swim support in order to keep our entry fees low. We are also spearheading initiatives that include developing swim teaching programs for kids and adults as well as researching ways for creating a permanent waterfront home for CIBBOWS. CIBBOWS is partnering with other organizations with complementary missions in order to keep our waterways clean, promote access, and help bring people to the water.

So come on out and do a loop or two for a positive force in NYC!

Coney Island Earth Cam

Ever wonder what's doing in Coney? Is it foggy? Is it choppy? Lumpy, flat, rolling? Now you don't have to call me to find out what's happening outside my window. Just log onto the webcam.
Live updates every 15mins!

Want more info? Check under Super Cool Links for Sandy Hook water temp, water quality reports, beach closings and local weather.

Or just come out and be surprised!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011