Craig Lenning - Farallon Swim

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  • Keep stroking Craig!
  • Last photo of Craig before sunset. SF is engulfed in a fog bank, but Headlands still visible.

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    JC, he is wearing a single silicone cap.

    Lack of Flood was due to not reaching it in time.

    Craig will be the third swimmer in history to reach the mainland from the Farallons, after Stewart Evans and Ted Erikson, nearly 50 years ago.
  • Is it just me or has the Spot Tracker been off a while?
  • 1.67 nautical miles to history.
  • @AnthonyMcCarley, it's working fine for me. It looks like Craig has about 1-1.5 miles left before landfall and the end of one awesomely historical swim! Go Craig!
  • Weird, suddenly stopped worked on my laptop -- but working on my iPad. Thanks Greg.

    GO CRAIG!
  • Wow. Just wow. What a day. Good job, well done and just wow
    I love swimming
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  • this is absolutely amazing - what an inspiration
  • I believe he will have certainly earned his post in the "Did You Swim Today" group. :D
  • the suspense is killing me - i need to go to bed but can't till he reaches shore
  • we are talking in feet now - not even yards
  • Waiting for the update... his feet should be touching the beach now if they haven't already. Whoo!
  • I'm guessing the boat can't go in any closer. He must have hit the beach by now. It looks like a nice beach to finish on as well. Congratulations to Craig and his crew.
  • My heart is bursting for him. Champion. Hero. Craig.
  • He's in a back eddy... But correct, the boat can't get any closer. There is a nice beach, but the rest of it is nastier than Cap Gris Nez..very rocky.
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  • Two fins up!!!! Great swim!!!
    "I never met a shark I didn't like"
  • According to a post just on fb, he is done. 15:46
  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Way to go Craig! Hooray!!
  • History. Effin long swim, frickin cold water. Nasty currents... Just another day at the office for our hero .
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  • yahoo!!!!
  • Congratulations Craig Lenning! May you have many more pinnacle swims to come!!!
  • Legend.
  • evmo said:

    Legend.

    Indeed!
  • A moment in history, congratulations Craig!
  • Wow! Just woken up to see this fantastic news.

    Many congratulations Craig! Amazing achievement.
  • Breaking a 50+ year drought is a stunning achievement, and an early candidate for swim performance of the year. Congratulations to Craig and his team!
  • Cudos!
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  • Congratulations Craig
  • Gold plate the logs.
    Lactate is for wimps.
  • Congratulations on a tremendous accomplishment.
  • Wow! Just frickin' wow! Congrats Craig and if we ever cross paths, I'm buying!


    -LBJ
    "Ordinarily he is insane, but he has lucid moments when he is only stupid." - Heinrich Heine
  • edited April 9
    I'm still reeling from the monumental athletic feat I witnessed yesterday. It was marathon swimming at its absolute finest.

    Watching Craig @uss_lenning jump off the boat in the pre-dawn darkness into Fisherman Bay, with the shadow of South Farallon Island looming above -- birds screeching, pinnipeds barking, violent death maybe (or maybe not) lurking beneath the surface -- was the single most terrifying thing I have ever seen.

    I'm putting together my observer report, which I will post here along with the original logs. @Jamie took a shit-ton of photos & video, too, which will add color & depth to the documentation. Stay tuned.
  • http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/04/09/first-swim-from-farallon-islands-in-decades-completed-in-darkness-with-few-spectators/

    I had the honor of accompanying Craig into Muir Beach. It was so foggy that we would not have been able to see him clear the water from the boat. A random local who had been following the SPOT tracker was there to greet us, and guided us in with a flashlight (very helpful in the fog!).

    The local guy was super-enthused about Craig's swim, and presented him with a hat from the local firefighting group. Craig had nowhere to put it so he asked permission to stuff it down his swimsuit :)

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  • Belated congratulations Craig, awesome!
  • Very nice interview....after knowing of Craig's accomplishments and spending time with him and his Colorado team including the great Sarah Thomas on out 24 hour swim...I knew that if the Shark Gods and the Farallons were cooperative that he would make this swim....there are very few people I would say this about....Great swim Craig!!!!
    "I never met a shark I didn't like"
  • Everything about this swim is beautiful. Congrats, Craig!
  • Gotta love Bialla Productions and VITO is one of the best escort pilots around! Very attentive to the swimmer at all times and I mean a focus like no other! Congratulations again to Craig as I would fully agree with the ABC sentiment that he is by far one of the greatest marathon swimmers of our time and someone I am glad to call a friend! There's a reason Eri calls you her Golden Boy!!! Well done sir and my swim cap is off to you! (literally and figuratively)! Great job Evan and Jamie for taking care of him out there and to Dave H of the Night Train Swimmers as well!
  • My observer report:

    http://msf.io/1qp1ZtQ
  • edited April 11
    Great report Evan...I have been told by two very savy rowers that used to frequent these waters (Norm Peterson and Gordy Nash) that once inside the potato patch on the north side of Point Bonita, and in deeper water that there is a prevailing north to south current (runs on ebbs and floods and generally doesn't run south to north) toward Pt Bonita...it would be interesting to study this...was this the back eddy Craig encountered??? Would be good to know for future swims.
    "I never met a shark I didn't like"
  • edited April 11
    evmo said:

    My observer report:
    http://msf.io/1qp1ZtQ

    Great report Evan. The swim is worth it.
    Send it to a certain dancer as an example on how it should be done.

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  • edited April 11
    Niek said:

    Send it to a certain dancer as an example on how it should be done.

    I think there's more footage in just one of those 15-second videos Vito posted than of the entirety of a certain dancer's 53 hours in the water. (Not to mention stated rules, real-time data, etc.)

    Isn't that interesting.
  • 53 hours elapsed time you mean. Got to distract the time spent on a boat for the time in the water. ;)
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  • Dang...the video of him getting out is a little shocking. He was all smiles and dancing after 44 miles and 24 hours in Tahoe. Gives you an idea how incredibly tough this swim is. Craig is amazing.
  • @ssthomas, you're right, this swim is no joke but will haunt one forever til they accomplish it once they've witnessed the majesty of this part of the world! My background on my phone is a constant reminder that the challenge still lies ahead of me one day! Craig showed that this swim is possible with enough grit, hardwork, and determination! Hard Flippin Core! Great Vid @evmo!
  • As a noob, Im in complete awe of that swim. Having swum a few years back at Half Moon Bay when we lived on the peninsular, until I could not feel my feet anymore, this is so impressive!
  • Interesting. It looks like he swims with what is virtually a full catch-up stroke.
    Hey, whatever works...

    -LBJ
    "Ordinarily he is insane, but he has lucid moments when he is only stupid." - Heinrich Heine
  • Interesting. It looks like he swims with what is virtually a full catch-up stroke.
    Hey, whatever works...

    -LBJ

    We call it the "Hook & Boom" anyone who is familiar with his stroke can almost always identify it out of many anonymous swimmers out on a lake.
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