Charlotte Samuels Catalina Crossing

dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoMember
edited August 5 in General Discussion
Showed true grit by pushing through adverse conditions to complete the swim in just under 20 hours, which is incredibly impressive to me.

Link to Media Report - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer


  • SydneDSydneD Member
    Totally in awe of her. Completely. :)
  • I had no idea she was only 16. Jeez, at that age a 100 was considered 'distance'.
    The incredible fortitude.
    Only a little dismayed ( jk) that it puts my 18.36 to shame.
    i hope she keeps swimming. Wonderful role model for all.
    I love swimming
  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member
    And I think she is just 15? Makes it even more incredible!
  • Holy cow. Fantastic swim little lady. I hope she treats herself to a huge ice cream sundae!
    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • MandaiMandai Member
    Really a great, great achievement at such a young age.
  • It's clearly a very good week for the younger swimmers. Congratulations Charlotte.

    Also, yesterday (5th August), Hazel Killingbeck from England completed a successful solo swim across the English Channel in 15 hours and 23 minutes. Hazel has recently turned 16 years old. Amazing achievement for one so young.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    As a bit of trivia, here are the Top 10 longest one-way Catalina swims of all time. Charlotte's swim, when ratified by CCSF, will rank #6.

    1          Henry Sullivan   January 30, 1927 22:45:00
    2 King Bennie Nawahi September 2, 1946 22:20:00
    3 Captain Stewart Evans August 26, 1959 20:55:00
    4 Jamshid Khajavi, Iran August 4, 1995 20:47:31
    5 Myrtle Huddleston February 5, 1927 20:42:00
    6 Amy Hiland September 24, 1955 20:07:07
    7 John W. Hill August 18, 1985 19:15:13
    8 Bill Slater September 9, 1955 18:54:00
    9 Suzie Dods July 19, 2010 18:36:28
    10 Ray Carmassi August 28, 1952 18:20:00
  • That's the only time you'll find me in the Top 10... or bottom 10 , which is where I am more likely found.
    I am in total awe of Charlotte's fortitude at such a young age. And Hazel as well. Look out world... what ever these two young ladies put their mind to... they will succeed.
    I love swimming
  • 6. Paul Chotteau, France July 26, 1936 CM 33:50
    9. Jose Cortinas, Cuba August 30th, 1952 CM 28:55
    11. Jose Cortinas, Cuba October 2, 1953 MC 32:10:52
  • Jose, glutton for punishment! Or he just enjoyed the hallucinatory delirium! ;-)
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