Twilight at the Reserviour

Posted: June 29, 2016 in Swimming
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Waiting for the sun to go down

 Normally we swim until the sun gets loo low in the sky, tonight we started at sunset and swam into the twilight. The reservoir where I swim hosted their first moonlight swim. We started gathering as the sun slowly sank in the sky. The normal small buoys had been replaced with big yellow monsters that had been draped in fairy lights. Before we dipped into the water each of us had a small balloon tied to us. Inside the balloon was a small light that gave off a pale blue glow.


The water was warm, rumour had it it was nineteen degrees. I was glad that I had made the decision to wear neoprene shorts. There is a local bye law that states users of the reservoir must wear a wetsuit. Neoprene shorts are pushing the boundaries of what a wetsuit actually is but at least I was conforming to the letter of the law. Most others were wearing suits, I guess it comes down to what you are used to.


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If you squint you can see the swim course

The buoys marked out a seven hundred meter course and there were kayaks on the far corners to make sure that we could be helped if we got into trouble. The lights on the buoys were almost invisible at the start of the swim but as the sun set they became brighter and brighter making sighting so much easier.


The swimming was fantastic, at times there was a vast expanse of clear water ahead and it felt like I had the whole lake to myself.  At other times I was surrounded by people all going in the same direction. Every now and again I would look up and wonder why so many people were wearing blue hats. It slowly dawned on me that they were the balloons.


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The business end of the reserviour

As it got darker the little glow worms got brighter. I just kept on swimming. I lost count of the number of times I went round but it wasn’t enough to not be disappointed when they said that the time was up. I had hoped that we could have swum into the inky blackness of night but that was not to be, we left the water in the last of the dusky light. Ten minutes later the inky blackness descended.


The whole evening was rounded off with bread and soup and demands from every one about when the next twilight swim would be.

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A man at one with his neoprene shorts




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