Simon Dominguez Golden Gate Bridge to Farallon Islands

mauprietomauprieto Barcelona, Spain and San Francisco, CAMember
edited May 2016 in Cheering Section

Tonight at 11:30PM Simon Dominguez will jump in the water and attempt to be the first swimmer to swim from the GG to the Farallon Islands. Four other swimmers have completed the swim from the Farallon Islands to the SF coast (2) / Golden Gate (2). Good luck Simon!

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  • mauprietomauprieto Barcelona, Spain and San Francisco, CAMember
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited July 2015

    mauprieto said: Tonight at 11:30PM Simon Dominguez will jump in the water and attempt to be the first swimmer to swim from the GG to the Farallon Islands.

    I've been following the news coverage of these upcoming Farallon attempts with interest. There was one, shall we say, "interesting" development that was mentioned in two of the articles:


    http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/07/when-sharks-appear-in-open-water.html?m=1

    Daily News of Open Water Swimming: "If or when a shark is seen near a swimmer, whose choice is it to get out: the pilot, the crew or the swimmer? Is the swimmer informed of an approaching shark or are they just pulled from the water? How is the swimmer informed (e.g., three short whistle blasts)?"

    Vito Bialla: "Captain is always in charge. I make the call if you are on my boat. I honk the horn three times. Swimmer comes over, gets out as I stop the boat. I say you now have ten minutes to think about the situation. After ten minutes your swim is over. I will encourage the swimmer to take up golf at that point. There is no real need to push the envelope."


    https://rootsrated.com/stories/bay-area-athletes-attempt-28-mile-swim-to-the-farallon-islands

    "Crew members dedicated to shark spotting will be aboard the boat that will follow alongside them; if one is seen, the swimmer will get into the boat. But, according to the regulations of the Farallon Islands Swimming Federation regarding open water swims, he or she will have 10 minutes to decide whether to continue the swim—a rule that applies to only one other swim in the world, the Cook Strait in New Zealand."


    mauprieto said: Four other swimmers have completed the swim from the Farallon Islands to the SF coast (2) / Golden Gate (2).

    For the record, these previous swims were conducted according to standard channel rules, without the option of a mid-swim R&R on the boat. I was the official observer on the most recent two:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/swims/2014/locke-farallons
    http://marathonswimmers.org/swims/2014/lenning-farallons

    I know there has been some pushback behind the scenes... it will be interesting to see if there is any public clarification from FISF on the issue.

    ssthomasJenAloneswimmer
  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member

    Tracking seems to be offline. Don't know if that means it's over and a success or over and didn't happen or if it's just technical issues or if sharks ate the swimmer and the boat. Last tweet I saw was from 6 hours ago and he was 9 miles from Farallons.

    -LBJ

    malinaka

    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited July 2015

    Looks like he's been in the water now for nearly 18 hours, with 4 statute miles remaining to the islands. Here's a plot of his speed per trackpoint. 6 kph at the start, with the ebb out of the Gate. 1-2 kph for the last 9 hours or so.

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  • ninkasininkasi mill valley, caMember

    fisf does not allow breaks on the boat.

    i do have a question for you evan. looking at the tracking info, how far from the islands do you estimate simon to be. they are in the dead zone for cell coverage and last message received was 4 hours ago and position stated was 5.9 nm from the islands. i'm not nautical expert by any means, but i don't see how that can be based on looking at the position 4 hours ago. not sure if the tracker is working correctly or what. does your handy dandy tracker tool load up quickly?

    now simon is as tough as they come, but after 17 hours in the water, he is butting up against the limits of human physiology. i do not know his weight (which i know has limited influence on water temp tolerance), but i do know he has done at least a couple 8 hour bay swims. i do not recall his ec crossing time, but the temps here are probably cooler. he's got to be in uncharted waters in regards to his swimming experience (as many of us would be at this point!).

    i hope to hear from them soon. and will pass along any messages i get (if they are for public consumption, praying no injury, etc.)

    cheers-

    loneswimmer
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    ninkasi said: fisf does not allow breaks on the boat.

    thanks for the public clarification phil.

  • ninkasininkasi mill valley, caMember

    according to spot tracker, the boat is heading back to land. i do not have an official word on the hows & whys of simon being pulled.

  • ninkasininkasi mill valley, caMember

    official word from the boat:

    simon was pulled due to a shark sighting. shark circled the area for a awhile and the captain made the call to pull him.

  • ninkasininkasi mill valley, caMember

    Just caught up with Simon and the crew as they came into harbor. It was an estimated 14-15 foot great white who came around a couple times. They assume it was curious because Simon was bleeding from some pretty good chaffing around his neck.

    loneswimmer
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited July 2015

    Can't wait to see what the documentary crew does with that material! Seriously though, glad Simon is safe. 18 hours is the longest time-in-water I've heard of for a SF Bay area swim...

    loneswimmer
  • HelbeHelbe Senior Member

    Heartbreaking end so close to the finish of an impressive swim. Congratulations. Perhaps if a boat break for sharks was allowed, as in the Cook Straits...

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    If he was bleeding, I would think that would increase the level of risk--just my less educated perspective. Would the shark even have shown up if he didn't have an open cut? Tough to have to stop so close to one's goal but wise to err on the side of caution in that situation. He himself seemed to have a pretty philosophical attitude.

  • SharkoSharko Sonoma County, CACharter Member
    edited July 2015

    Round Trip Farallons Relay…nearing completion South End Rowing Club members John Sims Amy Gubser Kirk McKinney Les Mangold Andrew McLaughlin Jeff Everett Are nearing the finish of their Round Trip (San Francisco to the Farallons and back)…were stalled for a while until the flood kicked in…see their progress on the spot tracker below: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0S6eqroepGLsMserSJLWcpJHvcBMpNFql

    "I never met a shark I didn't like"

  • SharkoSharko Sonoma County, CACharter Member
    edited July 2015

    This from one of the crew members.....Victory at sea! Our heroic relayers just completed the swim. Jeff Everett, Swim Commissioner emeritus, was the last swimmer, finishing with two minutes left on his leg. Total elapsed time: 34 hours, 58 minutes.

    "I never met a shark I didn't like"

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