Semana Nautica 6-mile Ocean Swim

jkormanikjkormanik Boise, IdahoMember
edited March 2015 in General Discussion
I've searched the archives and only found a few comments on this event. I'm considering it for 2015...as a "test" for my potential 2016 Anacapa swim. Any thoughts and experiences would be appreciated...from lodging to the swim itself. TIA.
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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited March 2015
    It's a great swim, highly recommended! A point-to-point from Goleta Beach to Hendry's -- a gorgeous stretch of SB coastline that few ever see. Actually more like 5.2 miles if you swim a straight course.

    Yes, it's a perfect warm-up / test for an Anacapa swim. Water temp in early July typically high-50s to low-60s. The past year it has been so warm; not sure SB has even been below 60 this winter!

    Swimmers provide their own kayakers... and a kayaker is required... but if you register early sometimes Jane (the race director) can pair you with one of the local beach guard volunteers.

    Jane puts on a first-class event. Friendly vibe, food & hot coffee at the finish, handmade local craftwork for the awards.

    Hope that helps, let me know if you have other questions!
    jkormanikTheoDanSimonelli
  • smithsmith O-H-I-OMember
    Thanks for posting this. I might be out in California that weekend, and was considering this swim.

    Evan: Big disparity in the times over the years. Besides regular chop, are there quirky currents?

    Lactate is for wimps.

  • AquaRobAquaRob Humboldt Bay, CACharter Member
    edited March 2015
    @smith you'll be able to tell what kind of day you're going to have by which direction the kelp is flowing when you swim over the top of it. I dropped something like 40 minutes between 2011 and 2012 based entirely on current, not conditioning.

    That said, I agree with @evmo... it's a great swim!
    jkormanik
  • smithsmith O-H-I-OMember
    Great tip!. Thanks!
    jkormanik

    Lactate is for wimps.

  • jkormanikjkormanik Boise, IdahoMember
    How about a location to rent a kayak? My wife will likely be crewing for me and we don't want to bring our kayak from Idaho...
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited March 2015
    jkormanik said:

    How about a location to rent a kayak? My wife will likely be crewing for me and we don't want to bring our kayak from Idaho...

    I recommend these guys:

    http://www.channelislandso.com/rental/
    jkormanik
  • VanMouVanMou San Luis Obispo, CASenior Member

    This swim usually happens the second Sunday in July, but this year it will be a week earlier, on July 5th, due to some scheduling issues. If you want more information, Jane (race director) can field your questions. She is at janeswims@gmail.com. I have swum it several times, and often the temperature is 61 to 65 degrees. A couple of years it was a brisk 58 degrees. I don't think I've ever swum it in temperatures below 58.

    Due to the lay of the shoreline, this swim is virtually a west-to-east swim. There is a fair amount of kelp in the last 20% of the swim. Like Rob accurately stated, some years the kelp braids are flowing right towards you -- propelled by currents that you have to swim against. Other years the kelp is laying down, slanted in the direction you are swimming--those are the happy years. And as others previously said, the times of swimmers can vary by as much as 30-45 minutes, based upon the currents.

    The last two years have seen ~45 swimmers each year. This is a non-wetsuit swim.

    This is an excellent swim with a long history, and Jane Cairns is a first class person who puts on a first class event. Her Mom makes sure there is much food and drink at the finish. Jane provides a warm and upbeat vibe to the swim.

    And yes for sure it'd be a nice tune-up for Anacapa.

    DanSimonellievmo
  • VanMou said: This swim usually happens the second Sunday in July, but this year it will be a week earlier, on July 5th, due to some scheduling issues. If you want more information, Jane (race director) can field your questions. She is at janeswims@gmail.com. I have swum it several times, and often the temperature is 61 to 65 degrees. A couple of years it was a brisk 58 degrees. I don't think I've ever swum it in temperatures below 58.

    It looks like the 2015 Festival Schedule lists the 6-mile swim as happening on Sunday, July 12, 2015, while the 3-mile swim is listed on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

  • jkormanikjkormanik Boise, IdahoMember

    I've reached out to Jane. I'll post what I hear from her regarding the date. I sure hope it's not July 5 as I'm sure 4th of July weekend will be busy in S.B.

  • Just heard from Jane:

    " The swim is on July 5th. Unfortunately the Semana Nautica site has not been updated yet. We had to do some major changes of dates for the Sports Festival this year and I got bummed to the 4th of July weekend."

  • jkormanikjkormanik Boise, IdahoMember

    Bummer...I'm likely out as I don't think 4th of July in S.B. will work.

  • VanMouVanMou San Luis Obispo, CASenior Member

    Here is a map of the Semana Nautica six mile swim: Again, swim is on 7/5/2015, and you can get more information from janeswims@gmail.com.

    SM6 v1

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