Swim Defiance - what fun!
David had packed me hot chocolate at the finish. Boy was I happy to finish! My time: 1 hr 7 mins. Not spectacular, but spectacularly average by USMS standards (yet thanks to so few swimmers I topped my age group). For most people there was no trouble with the small current and -most- so stayed straight on the course. The water got really cold in pockets on that last third on the Pt. Defiance side. Seals were following us at the start. They were probably delighted for all the new company! All in all, success. Really meaningful that our island was part of a USMS sanctioned swim race. There once was a Brent Rice Memorial Swim that crossed from Des Moines and terminated at Pt. Robinson, but that was before I learned to swim distance.
My take: This is definitely a swim for stronger open water swimmers. We need more support boats for next year to make this feel really safe for open water swimmers of all speeds. The fact that boats were allowed to cross at-will through the line of swimmers in Dalco Passage , from my water level perspective, really underscored the need for more support boats. It'll grow, and so will the volunteers. Hats off to the organizers for making it a great event!