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.
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  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Wow that's both early in the season and marginal temps for the distance. Great job.
    dpm50

    loneswimmer.com

  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member
    Cheers to Jaime Caballero!
    dpm50
  • 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

    www.darren-miller.com 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.
    dpm50NeilEugene
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited August 2013
    Forum charter member and prolific blogger @Gords is attempting the Catalina Channel tonight. You can follow his swim via the following media: Rock on, Gords!
  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoCharter Member
    Best of luck Gords!

    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer

  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member
    Go Get'em @Gords!

    -LBJ

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

  • IronMikeIronMike Arlington, VACharter Member
    Kick butt, Gordy!

    Please join the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation on FB!

  • molly1205molly1205 Lincoln, NebraskaMember
    Any updates?

    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    4.6 nautical to go, 32 minutes ago, per observer.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited August 2013
    @Gords has reached the mainland! 11hr 50min.

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  • The way Gords been dropping the pounds, can't tell which one is him. Great swim.
  • IronMikeIronMike Arlington, VACharter Member
    Nice Burnsides!

    Congrats @Gordy

    Please join the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation on FB!

  • GordsGords Salt Lake City, UTCharter Member
    Thank you everyone for the support! Here's my initial write up:

    http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-catalina-channel-crossing-1150.html
  • GordsGords Salt Lake City, UTCharter Member
    Here's some video highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXTueKIAZ9g
  • heartheart San Francisco, CACharter Member
    edited September 2013
    As I type this, @roncollins, the terrific race director of the Tampa Bay Marathon, is getting close to the Southern California shores and about to complete the last swim of his Triple Crown. Swim, Ron, Swim! Follow his progress here: http://www.distancematters.com
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    @roncollins finished his Catalina crossing around 12:30 EST. He just got his Triple Crown! Congrats Ron.
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    edited January 4
    Courtney Paulk is also crossing the Catalina Channel right now. She has about 2 hours left. This is her last swim in the Triple Crown as well. Go Courtney!
  • emkhowleyemkhowley Boston, MACharter Member
    WOW! Go Courtney! :-)

    Stop me if you've heard this one... A grasshopper walks into a bar... https://elainekhowley.com/

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    Less than a mile to go!
  • heartheart San Francisco, CACharter Member
    Congrats, Ron!!!
  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Member
    Yay, RON! Vindication! :-)
  • GordsGords Salt Lake City, UTCharter Member
  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    YEAH RON! Well done sir - So happy you have it over and done with!

    www.darren-miller.com Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • Congratulations Triple Crown!
  • motivate99motivate99 Member
    edited September 2013
    Big - no huge - congratulations to Courtney on achieving her Triple Crown Dream!
  • Sorry---Triple Crown Dream!
  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member
    Courtney was great out there. Very detailed plan of attack for the channel and made it look easy. She surrounded herself with a very positive and upbeat crew that was led by her supporting husband, Matt. Congratulations to them all!
  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member
    Nice swim Ron and good to meet you. Looking forward to a swim in the future.
  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member
    Great swim Ron! ;-)
  • awesome!
  • RonCollinsRonCollins Clearwater, Florida, USAMember
    edited September 2013
    Thank you, everyone! It's awesome to claim an accomplishment and not have to go on trial to defend it because of inconsistent reporting and ratification. I love the Catalina Channel, but only now that it has allowed me to cross and live to tell the tale!

    Ron Collins Clearwater, Florida DistanceMatters.com

  • heartheart San Francisco, CACharter Member
    Also, I want to commend @roncollins for posting on FB an awesome two-photo contrast of his attempt contrasted with his success, reporting on his weight both times. Lots of people, including some of us in the sport, struggle with the deceit of the silly "strong is the new skinny" ads (which invariably still feature skinny people). Every message that one can be a fabulous athlete at any size--indeed, that sometimes being a fabulous athlete *requires* a larger size--promotes health and sport out there.
  • RonCollinsRonCollins Clearwater, Florida, USAMember
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    Ron Collins Clearwater, Florida DistanceMatters.com

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    Ron, you are the reason I put on 15 lbs in a month back in 2010. It helped me through my Catalina swim, but it is 3 years later and I still have not lost all of the 15. I hope you can drop it faster.
  • Congrats, Ron!
  • RonCollinsRonCollins Clearwater, Florida, USAMember
    That wasn't me! It must have been the ice cream you were eating.

    Ron Collins Clearwater, Florida DistanceMatters.com

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    And boxes of Entemans donuts and cookies and......
  • FilFil Derby, VTCharter Member
    Ron, Congrats. Big stuff to do it. Even bigger to came back at it and do it. Inspirational at many levels.

  • courtneypaulkcourtneypaulk Richmond, VirginiaMember
    Thanks everyone! I got very lucky with a great day and had a super fabulous team!
  • IronMikeIronMike Arlington, VACharter Member
    edited August 2015

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

    dpm50loneswimmerNeilEugeneDanSimonelli

    Please join the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation on FB!

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

    Time for a beer and sleep!

    IronMikedc_in_sfNoelFigartstephenc161dpm50TheoJSwimloneswimmertortuga
  • IronMikeIronMike Arlington, VACharter Member

    Congrats @MichaelG!

    Please join the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation on FB!

  • 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.

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  • 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 track.rs/abby 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 abbygirlrose.wordpress.com; she recently was women's winner of the Santa Barbara Semana Nautica 6-mile swim; and she is also a Forum member!

    Abby's track.rs 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.

    david_barraDanSimonelli
  • 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!

    david_barramysterybobevmoDanSimonellidc_in_sftortugasimondosuziedodswendyv34
  • 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 track.rs/2

    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)
    loneswimmersuziedodswendyv34david_barra
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