Ajae Clearway - Around Coronado Island

Glorietta Bay Park to Gator Beach

18.6 km (11.6 miles)

5 hours, 54 minutes on 27 November 2020

Observed and documented by Dan Simonelli



  • Name: Ajae Clearway
  • Gender: female
  • Age on swim date: 49
  • Nationality: United States
  • Resides: Culver City, California

Support Personnel

  • Dan Simonelli - observer / kayaker
  • Jess Haas - kayaker
  • Summer Wesson - crew
  • Shawn Gallagher - land screw

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: One porous swimsuit, one swim cap, goggles.

Route Definition

Glorietta Bay Park, counter-clockwise around Zuniga Jetty and Coronado Island, to Gator Beach @ Avenida Lunar.

  • Body of Water: San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean
  • Route Type: one-way
  • Start Location: Glorietta Bay Park (32.675060, -117.167979)
  • Finish Location: Coronado Shores Beach (Gator Beach) @ Avenida Lunar (32.673774, -117.172072)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 18.6 km (11.6 miles) (map)


Swim Data

  • Start: 27 November 2020, 08:00:00 (Pacific Daylight, America/Los_Angeles, UTC-8).
  • Finish: 27 November 2020, 13:54:33
  • Elapsed: 5 hours, 54 minutes, 33 seconds.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (F) 59 62
Air Temp (F) 58 68
Wind (knots) 0 6-8

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 15 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

Speed Plot

Nutrition: warm coconut soup broth, warm CarboPro, warm water, Gu

Observer Log

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Swimmer Statement

What inspired you to do this swim?

Since Covid shut down many organized swims in the past year, it was exciting to hear about a swim that was available and challenging, but achievable. I’m aiming for the Catalina Channel next summer, but haven’t done a big swim in many years, so wanted to gauge my current abilities and resilience to cold.

Please describe how you planned for the swim.

I train regularly in the ocean without a wetsuit and have been swimming with a Masters Team in the pool. Also, going longer and longer in the open water. And experimenting with different hydration/nutrition options.

How did the swim go, generally? Did you face any unanticipated challenges?

It was a tandem swim with another swimmer, so right off the bat I needed to move quickly to stay warm and she was moving at a slower, steady pace. I had to slow down to stay with her and it created a situation in which I was battling the cold the entire swim.

I also felt bloated from my feeds, which I learned were way too long, and also contributing to the cold. Many lessons learned.

I’m pleased to have finished and feel good about it. I felt strong and capable of the distance, but learned I have a ways to go with managing the cold. Recovery was good, too.

Thank you, Dan Simonelli!


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