Some notes: my time was okay, about 1:35/100 yds (given the 600 yd course measurement). That's fine for me for an OWS, nothing earth-shattering, but reasonably in-line with what I can expect. I was out in the open with no one around, it was a pretty small race, could sight reasonably well until the run in to the finish chute, which blended in almost perfectly with the backdrop (!). It's the east-to west (this was a clockwise swim) portion that just looks ridiculous -- I really was just kind of cruising along, sighting at the far buoy (so I wasn't following a crooked picket-fence of buoys, I thought I was on a direct line for the turn to the north). The east-west portion is just a point to point swim - the shortest distance is from corner to corner, and all buoys are on the right.
Okay, gentle or outright mocking, stern advice, shared experiences -- have at it.