I renewed my membership at the South End Rowing Club this year, and am determined to get my money’s worth. So far this year I’ve done two club swims, a “sunriser” swim, an Alcatraz swim, numerous casual swims in and around Aquatic Park with fellow club members, and crewed on Cathy’s epic 3 Bridges Swim. Last weekend was the infamous “Five Coves of Death” – five laps around the perimeter of Aquatic Park at 5:00pm on May 5th. 5CoD is also the qualifier for Bay to Breakers, the crown jewel of the club’s long swim program.
What exactly constitutes a lap of Aquatic Park? This is a source of some confusion and controversy. A “tight cove” is shown in an illustration by Joe B. :Starting from the South End/Dolphin Club beach, one swims:
- To the end of the docks, making a hard left around the Dolphin Club dock.
- Along the buoy line and around the Flag with a right shoulder.
- Through the goal posts and then the solitary post just beyond with a right shoulder.
- Hug Municipal Pier as closely as possible along the full length of the curve.