And you can't really get more local than that! Mecox Bay is a big water to the south of Bridgehampton and Water Mill, a mile by a mile and a half in size, and my favorite access is under the road bridge where a channel joins Mecox to Sam's Creek.
Time: 2.30 pm
Weather: Started off dull and misty, but cleared up beautifully
Wind: SSW 10 mph
Air Temperature: 60F
Water Temperature: Bay was above 50F. The ocean was cold, very cold! Yes, I did dive in. Didn't stay in long...
Distance: 2.5 miles
The pictures tell a better story really:
Sam's Creek Bridge...
After a mile, turn south towards the "cut."
This is a narrow stretch of beach that divides Mecox from The Atlantic Ocean. In winter many storms scour away the sand and flood the bay; in more temperate seasons huge earth-movers are brought in to drain the bay from time to time.
The sand dunes to the east of the channel:
And over the beach to the ocean. Rough and cold, but I simply had to dive in, because... well, because I had to! I was wearing a shortie wetsuit, but that didn't help much because it has more holes than a swiss cheese, some of which are ... well, the least said the better.
All in all though, what a stunning spot!
A mile return paddle, with a lot of drifting with a perfect wind at my back, under the bridge again, and home!
Oh, and did I mention that the sermon is finished?