Tahoe swim cut short by windy conditions | SierraSun.com

Tahoe swim cut short by windy conditions

About the time Tom Linthicum and#8220;kind of got used to the bad wavesand#8221; on Lake Tahoe this past Sunday and#8212; or at least learned how not to choke on the windy chop and#8212; his support crew threw in the towel.

His Tahoe crossing would have to wait for a friendlier day.

and#8220;I think they made the right call. I want everybody to be safe out there,and#8221; said Linthicum, who was about 7 1/2 miles from his Camp Richardson launch point when he was pulled from the water around 8 a.m.

Linthicum, from Fair Play, Calif., near Placerville, began his swim at 2:45 a.m. in glassy conditions. The calm didnand#8217;t last long, however, as winds began to whip up less than an hour into the 22-plus-mile swim. He planned to finish within 20 hours at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village.

and#8220;I wonand#8217;t try it again with that kind of forecast,and#8221; Linthicum said, adding that the previous dayand#8217;s afternoon thunderstorm was a bad sign.

Linthicumand#8217;s swim and#8212; named the Tim Spicer Memorial Swim in memory of his late friend from Incline Village and#8212; was intended to raise funds and awareness for a chronic neurological condition known as hydrocephalus. He has twin daughters living with the condition.

Not deterred by Sundayand#8217;s outcome, Linthicum said he will attempt the swim again sometime around Aug. 20. Like Sunday, Truckeeand#8217;s Jen Valosek and Tahoe Cityand#8217;s Karen Rogers will help out on land support crew, he said.

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