Tuesday March 17th
A lot of factors go into planning a day on SwimVacation. Here are some of them:
Mood of the group
Where we want to be in two hours
How much trash we need to unload
How much we’ve swum the day before
Our current location
How much water/beer/wine/liquor/food we have onboard
Where we want to be in two days
Whether or not we’ve been to Willy T’s the night before
The mood of the Captain
Skill of the group, as a whole
The mood of the guides
We take all of these factors into account during a discussion between the guides and Captain that lasts about 5 minutes. This morning we knew our next stop was White Bay, Peter Island, so we decided to swim there, to keep things simple. Guide Dave plotted the course with his openwaterswimerator or whatever app he’s got on his iPad. I imagine him lying awake at night trying to figure out how long it would take to swim around Tasmania.
This was a big swim, it went around about half of Peter island. We spent a bit of time planning the swim strategy: one guide towing an SUP, and two in the water. One yacht following the group just offshore. Designated pickup/dropoff spots for swimmer who want a break or a shorter swim.
The conditions for the swim were ideal. 5 knot winds at our backs and sometimes fronts. Little chop. No whitecaps. We rounded several points, lost and gained swimmers. All of our guests pulled out what they had and showed amazing determination. I swam with guest Peggy, who started thinking about cheeseburgers about 1.5 miles before the finish. We had some laughs about that, especially bearer we had a hamburger onboard.
Guide Dave went over stroke videos with everyone then we all jumped in to practice some freestyle drills. At this point, suffering was at a minimum.
Asian fusion dinner was followed by Chef Mo on guitar. He’s a hoot.
Tomorrow we heal a little. Some swimming, sun, and sailing.