Alan Morrison - Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, return to Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, return to Brooklyn Bridge
9 hours, 48 minutes on September 27, 2015
Observed and documented by Rondi Davies
- Name: Alan Jay Morrison
- Gender: male
- Age on swim date: 53
- Nationality: United States
- Resides: New York, New York
- Bodies of Water: East River and New York Bay
- Description: Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island (Steeplechase Pier), then return to Brooklyn Bridge
- Category: two-way, non-stop
- Certified Route Distance: 23.4 miles / 37.7 km (shortest swimmable path)
Start and Finish
North side of Brooklyn Bridge, East River, New York City. 40.704819 N, 73.995271 W.
East side of Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Swimmer remained in the water between the outbound and return legs. 40.569521 N, 73.983261 W.
Intermediate Route Parameters
|American Veterans Memorial Pier||40.639819||-74.039641|
|Verrazano Narrows Bridge||40.608071||-74.039970|
|Norton Point (Seagate)||40.573967||-74.011813|
|37th St Jetty||40.569016||-74.001999|
- Observer: Rondi Davies
- Crew: Patricia Sener
- Kayaker: Margrethe Hørlyck-Romanovsky
- Pilot: John Picinic
- Escort Vessel: Lucky 7 (Edgewater, NJ)
MSF Standard - no exceptions or modifications.
- Start: September 27, 2015, 10:32:32
- Finish: September 27, 2015, 20:21:20
- Elapsed: 9 hours, 48 minutes, 48 seconds
- Summary of Conditions:
- Sea Temp: 62F to 70F
- Air Temp: 64F to 70F
- Wind Speed: 3-10 mph
- Track Total: 24.3 miles (0.9 miles more than route distance)
- Outbound: red
- Inbound: green
- Hover over points to view timestamps.
Download Track Data
- Original - GPX
- Original - TCX
- Cleaned - CSV (extraneous pre-start and post-finish trackpoints removed)
- 1-minute intervals - CSV
- 5-minute intervals - CSV
5 minutes per trackpoint
Download observer report (PDF)
Courtesy of Patricia Sener
Courtesy of Patricia Sener
Swimmer position (white star) overlain on Steven’s Institute current prediction maps.
10:32 AM start
North side of Brooklyn Bridge Current already in strong ebb
Steeplechase Pier Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Time from BB to CI was 3hr 42 mins
South side of Gov. Island
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Swim finish: 9:48:49
CORRECTED - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2015
New Yorker to Attempt 24-Mile Swim from Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island and Back Again
DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 @ 10:30AM
START: In the water just north of the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side
FINISH: In the water just north of the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side
On Sunday, September 27 at 10:30am, Alan J. Morrison, a 53-year-old Manhattan resident and marathon swimmer, will attempt to swim from the Brooklyn Bridge to Steeplechase Pier at Coney Island and then back to the Brooklyn Bridge. The 24-mile swim is expected to take over eight hours to complete.
By attempting this swim, Morrison hopes to raise awareness of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, the first and largest torture treatment center in the New York City area. Morrison is a longtime supporter of this vital and inspiring organization, and has served as a founding member of its Advisory Board. The Program provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary medical, mental health, social and legal services to survivors of torture, war trauma and other human rights abuses.
Morrison chose to swim this particular course as a tribute to Brooklyn’s two greatest landmarks.
A support crew will accompany Morrison during his swim, and will provide him with safety, navigation and nutrition. Like Morrison, who is on the Board of Directors of the Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers (CIBBOWS), two members of his crew, Patricia Sener and Rondi Davies, are also accomplished marathon swimmers and leaders of CIBBOWS. Sener, CIBBOWS’ Executive Director, recently became the first person to swim across the New York / New Jersey Bight. Davies, a member of CIBBOWS’ Advisory Board, holds the women’s record for the fastest swim around Manhattan.
[Download PDF version](PressRelease.pdf)
- More information about the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture [[link](PSOT-descrip.pdf)]
- More information about the Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers [[link](http://cibbows.org)]
Photo credit: Mario Burger