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Swimmers in Open Water

Open Water Swim

Tuesday, Sep 11 | Frank Marcinkowski

CUBU Masters held their third open water practice in Pohick Bay on Sunday morning, August 19, 2007. The first wave of 40 swimmers entered the water at 0715, and despite a very low tide at the start, the water temperature and conditions were excellent for quality open water training. A second wave of another 40 swimmers entered the water at 0850, and by 1000, all swimmers were back on shore.

These open water practices, co-sponsored by Tri-Team Z and CUBU Masters, have become very popular, with an average of 85 swimmers participating in the first three sessions this summer. Swimmers begin the swim at a buoy moored just offshore of the Pohick personal watercraft beach and complete as many laps around a precisely measured 750 m course as they prefer, or as time allows. The maximum swim time is approximately 2 hrs and 45 minutes (0715 – 1000).

To enhance safety, swimmers are assigned small groups of bright, numbered caps. Power boats patrol the perimeter of the measured course, to prevent boat traffic from entering the swim area, and kayaks and “escort” swimmers further enhance safety and also provide stroke technique feedback.

For those tri-athletes seeking to maximize their training day, a run is organized beginning at 1015, with distance options ranging from 5-20K. Both the swim and the run are followed by a picnic and BBQ.

The next open water practice at Pohick Bay is scheduled for Sunday, September 30. Water temperatures should again be very moderate, i.e. mid-70s, with wetsuits optional, but not necessary. All levels of swimmers and tri-athletes are encouraged to join in; however, advance registration is required by contacting Ed Zerkle ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Frank Marcinkowski ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), who will record your name and e-mail you a detailed information packet. A second requirement is current U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) registration.

Depending on demand, one final open water swim may be scheduled in mid-October. Please refer to this website for additional updates.

New Website Changes

Saturday, Aug 11 | Jim Halstead

Stay tuned in the following weeks for the following planned additions to our website:

  • An ALUMNI section, where all CUBU Agegroup and Masters alumni can receive news about upcoming planned meets and events that will be targeted towards all current and former CUBU swimmers
  • A CUBU Masters SCHOLARSHIP section that will describe our graduating senior scholarship program and provide detailed information for anyone wishing to contribute to these annual scholarships.
  • A CUBU JOB BANK section that will include both resumes and positions sought for any CUBU Masters swimmers and their families and graduating highschool and college CUBU swimmers.
  • A PICTURE GALLERY with highlights from our successful April ’07 Zones Championship and this summer’s open water training.

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About Curl-Burke Masters

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Curl Burke (CUBU) Masters, in affiliation with the the Curl Burke Swim Club, offers a world class swimming program for adult swimmers and tri-athletes.

With four year-round training locations in Northern Virginia, and one location in Northwest D.C., and additional summer outdoor pools, CUBU Masters offers quality early morning and/or evening pool workouts at each of its sites.

Though each of these sites has retained its uniqueness and small team charactor and appeal, our entire team occassionally pulls together for carefully planned open water swimming, cross training opportunities, water polo practices and matches, and regional and national Masters swimming competitions, thereby enjoying the benefits of a much larger team. read more→


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