Catalina date set

Catalina date set

I mentioned in my tentative 2011 race schedule that I was contemplating a date with the Catalina Channel in the late summer. That date is now set: August 25, 2011.

My support crew (tbd) and I will leave the Port of Long Beach aboard Capt. Greg Elliott’s Bottom Scratcher (what a fantastic name for a boat) around 8:30pm on the 24th. Upon reaching the northwest end of Catalina Island at Doctor’s Point, my swim will begin around midnight. I will swim at a NNE-erly bearing until I reach the San Pedro Peninsula on the California mainland, 20 miles away. If conditions and luck are favorable, I should stumble onto the beach near Rancho Palos Verdes, just SE of Pt. Vicente lighthouse, between 8 and 9am.

It will be my first channel crossing, my first solo swim, but also a homecoming of sorts. I was born and raised in Southern California, and my family goes back several generations in the area. I spent a week on Catalina for 6th grade “camp” – still one of my favorite memories. I’m similarly excited for this as I am for MIMS, though for completely different reasons.


3 Responses to “Catalina date set”

  1. IronMike


    Damn, that is going to be incredibly exciting. Looking forward to “following” you on the internet, as well as following you in real life in a few years!

  2. Mark


    Evan – That’s a fantastic list of swims you have lined up for 2011. Best of luck.
    Good to see you at UIC today.

    • Evan


      Thanks Mark. You should be seeing me around there a little more often… well, at least that’s the plan :-)


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