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30 July  2013

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We are in the dog days of summer. In ancient Rome, the dog days were from about 23 July to 23 August. It was determined by the rising of Sirius, the dog star - Sirius rose about the same time as sunrise. Due to the procession of the equinoxes, this no longer happens at that time. The Old Farmers Almanac listed the traditional period of the Dog Days now as 3 July through 11 August. These are also the days of the year with the least rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere.


Besides being the dog days, it is also the time of the best open water swimming in the area. Besides the Pac Masters Open Water season, our neighboring LMSCs also have great open water events. Some of our clubs also have their own open water events. It is the time to enjoy swimming in our lakes, rivers and ocean.


The community college system in California offers some of the best educational bargains in the nation. There are many classes that you can take for less than the cost of the text book (I think this means that community college fees are cheap and college textbooks are expensive). There are many open classes and the education opportunities are great. Contact your nearest community college to see what they have to offer (In the interest of full disclosure, I work for a community college district).



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Michael W Moore 

Ocean Meets
This Weekend 
PacMasters two ocean open water events will be held the weekend of August 3-4. On Saturday 3 August is the 40th Annual Roughwater Swim (1Mile) and on Sunday 4 August is the two mile Cruz Cruise. Both are in the picturesque town of Santa Cruz, about 70 miles south of San Francisco.
The Roughwater Swim begins at 11:00am with checkin starting at 9:30. The Cruise Cruz swim begins at 8:30 with checkin starting at 7:00am.
PacMasters Open Water
Donner Lake Entries Close
The Thirty-Third Donner Lake Open Water Swim will be held on Saturday 17 August 2013. The 2.7 mile straight course is one of the most popular in the Pacific Masters season and always sells out. All the spots have been filled and they are accepting no more entires.
Short Course Meters
The MAAC Summer Short Course Meters Meet is the first meet of the short course meters season. This very well attended meet has sold out over the past couple of years (entry is capped at 120 swimmers) , so if you want to swim in it, you must enter early. This meet starts at 9am and is usually over by 1pm.
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2 x 1 Lake Del Valle 
The Manatees are again organizing the Lake Del Valle 2 x 1 Open Water Swim. In the event you compete with your swimming partner. Besides the regular age groups, there are special groups including mother/daughter, mother/son, father/daughter, father/son, and sibling/sibling.
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2014 Pacific Masters Schedule 
Pacific Masters Championships are chosen by bid by the PacMasters Committee. If your club is interested in hosting a 2014 championship meet (short course yards, long course meters, ,short course meters or open water), please contact John Morales (scheduling chair) at for information about the biding process as soon as possible.
Pacific Masters Swimming bids for the following year's championship meets should be received by 10 August to be voted on at the August committee meeting. 
PacMasters Office Administrator 
Application Process 
PacMasters is looking for an office administrator who will support Pacific Masters carry out our duites providing service to our members and clubs. There is a job description available and there is description of the applicaiton process. After an interested candidate has read both documents and has questions, please feel free to contact the chairman at
Coach Needed
Rinconada Master

Rinconada Masters Swim Team, located in Palo Alto, CA, has an opening for a part time swim coach for their Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning workouts from 7 to 8:30am. Please contact Carol MacPherson if you are interested: 650-799-9847, or email: