Catalina Channel swims

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited January 2016 in Cheering Section
Today the Catalina Channel season got off to an early start as Jaime Caballero of Spain threw down a 9:31 C-M crossing in water reported to have ranged from 53-56F. Pretty impressive.

Use this thread to post swim announcements, GPS tracker & Twitter info, etc., so we can cheer on and celebrate Catalina swims as they happen.


  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Wow that's both early in the season and marginal temps for the distance. Great job.
    dpm50 The World's Most Popular Open Water Swimming Blog

  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member
    Cheers to Jaime Caballero!
  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    So that put him at about 43-degrees when he hit the kelp patch at Point Vicente, ha..
    I swear it drops about 10-degrees in the last 500 yards! Great job Jaime!!
    dpm50 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    Congrats to forum member @VanMou on swimming from Catalina to the mainland yesterday in 12 hours, 9 minutes! You can read more on his blog.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited August 2015

    My FB masters are telling me that @DanSimonelli completed Catalina. Congrats Dan!

  • Just finished my crossing! 14:12:14.

    Time for a beer and sleep!

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Awesome! Congrats! I'll drink to that!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited January 2016

    Beloved South End member Susan Petro is swimming the Catalina Channel. She's now been in the water 14 hours, swimming just over 11 miles. She is currently on pace for a 30+ hour swim.

    The record time-in-water for Catalina is 33:50 - Paul Chotteau in 1936.

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    in awe! Lots of time in the water... sounds like tough conditions! I wish her safety and success!

  • Cool! Keep going Susan!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited July 2016

    Abigail Bergman is on this morning for a Catalina Channel swim.

    Abby swims at Smith College in Massachusetts (with fellow marathon swimmers Charlotte Samuels and recent grad Paige Christie); she blogs at; she recently was women's winner of the Santa Barbara Semana Nautica 6-mile swim; and she is also a Forum member!

    Abby's page is using her mobile phone as the GPS device. FYI for future Catalina swimmers -- you CAN get continuous cellular reception on this swim, even in the middle of the channel. So you don't need to borrow or rent or buy a SPOT tracker.

  • abbygirlroseabbygirlrose Los Angeles, CAMember

    The tracker worked great! Mostly smooth conditions, with some current and wind at the end. I finished in 11 hours 11 minutes and 24 seconds!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited August 2016

    According to unofficial reports from the boat, Melissa Berkay just finished a butterfly crossing of the Catalina Channel, in 12 hr 42 min. Melissa is a student and swimmer at Mills College in Oakland, California. Her track will be up temporarily at

    This has only been done once before, by Vicki Keith in 1989. Other Catalina stroke-specific crossings include:

    • Henry Sullivan, breaststroke (1927)
    • Jason Lassen, breaststroke (2010)
    • Tina Neill, backstroke (2008)
    • Tina Neill, backstroke (2014)
  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member

    Mark Spratt just swam!! 10 plus hours, w Cynthia Werhane and Barbara Held as crew and observer. WHoop !! WHoop!! @ForeverSwim ! YAY


    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach

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