Santa Barbara Semana Nautica 6-mile ocean swim - 2017

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited May 16 in Event Announcements

The Santa Barbara 6-mile ocean swim will be July 9th this year. The route is Goleta Beach to Arroyo Burro Beach. Entries are online at:

http://semananautica.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SB-6mile-swim-2017.pdf

This is a beautiful event, one of my all-time favorites. It is held annually as part of SB's "Semana Nautica" ocean sports festival. It's still pretty off-the-radar nationally, but SB locals come back year after year, because it's just such a cool swim.

Water temperatures almost guaranteed in the low 60s... perfect stepping stone to longer Channel Islands swims (Anacapa or Catalina). If you swim straight, it's more like 5.2 miles.

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited May 16

    AND (how could I forget to mention)... this event is also notable for being completely wetsuit-free. No "separate categories" or other concessions to the triathlon community. Just an old school ocean swim, speedos, caps, goggles.

    Love this event so much.

    Karl_Kingerydc_in_sfIronMikeChrisgreeneKate_Alexander
  • IronMikeIronMike Alexandria, VACharter Member

    evmo said: AND (how could I forget to mention)... this event is also notable for being completely wetsuit-free. No "separate categories" or other concessions to the triathlon community. Just an old school ocean swim, speedos, caps, goggles.

    This right here is why I have just put this swim on my bucket list. Thanks @evmo!

  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member

    Looking forward to it. I've had this good time swim on my list for a long time.

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited July 11

    Semana Nautica 6-mile results (actually about 5.2-5.3 miles by shortest path including around the pier) now available:

    http://db.marathonswimmers.org/events/semana-nautica-ocean-swim/2017

    At some point we will get the missing 2002-2009 hand-written/PDF results transcribed into the database.

    This is a great point-to-point swim from Goleta to Santa Barbara, organized by SBCSA board member Jane Cairns. The swim has long been a feeder/inspiration for Santa Barbara Channel & Catalina Channel solo swims.

    This year's first overall finisher Tim Siciliano was, no joke, a three-time NCAA Div 1 champion in the 400 IM in the early 2000s.

    It appears this was a neutral-to-favorable year for currents. Some years (2001, 2010) have had a helpful current, resulting in fast times. More frequently there's a slight head current.

    Local news coverage here:

    https://www.noozhawk.com/article/tim_siciliano_karen_schultz_win_semana_nautica_6_mile_ocean_swim

  • abbygirlroseabbygirlrose Los Angeles, CAMember

    I think there was certainly a favorable current as the kelp was all lying flat pointing south and my time was 25 minutes faster than last year. Always a fun swim!

    marlin
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