Some of the local swimmers in Avila Beach have identified and named a formidable swim route that, until Saturday June 8, had been accomplished by three people, namely Duke Parmelly, Niel Dilworth, and Rob Dumouchel. The course is about 10,500 meters long (about 6.2 miles), and appears to be the outline of a martini glass.
The route starts with the stem of the glass, running the length of Avila pier (~450 meters). From the end of Avila pier, the swimmer must perform 3 triangular loops defined by the end of the Avila pier, Avila Rock (off of Fossil Point), and the end of the Cal Poly pier. These segments are, respectively, ~1,000 meters, ~1,500 meters, and ~700 meters. Once the loops are completed, the swimmer swims back down the length of Avila pier, and the swim is completed.
I have wanted to be a member of the Triple Martini Club for a year now, and I finally got my chance on June 8. Rumors of 52 degree (11.5 C) water did not materialize, and in fact the water temperature was typically 57 or 58 degrees (14 to 14.5 C) throughout the swim. The weather was excellent–flat water with little wind chop or swells. Fairly overcast, but towards the end the sun started poking out.
This was a great training swim for Lake Siljan–swimming beyond the border of a pool–no black line to follow at the bottom of the pool, fairly cold water, contending with the natural elements, and doing some open water navigating.
Three of us completed the swim (in the photo left to right: Byron Briley, Casey Bateman, and myself), bringing to six the total number of people who have accomplished the triple martini. Successful swimmers are provided an instantly classic hat….which is….
… embroidered with the swim’s logo on the front–3 martini glasses with an olive on a toothpick in each glass. I first saw this cap a year ago, and immediately coveted it and wanted to earn my own, and be a member of the Triple Martini Hat Club. The swim was organized by Niel Dilworth and Rob Dumouchel, with a lot of help by many others. I’ve posted a few more pictures of the swim on the gallery below.
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