Angel More - Lake Tahoe (length)
Camp Richardson to Incline Creek
34.3 km (21.3 miles)
15 hours, 39 minutes on 24-25 August 2018
Observed and documented by Cathy Delneo & Evan Morrison
Youngest to swim length of Lake Tahoe
- Support Personnel
- Swim Parameters
- Swim Data & GPS
- Observer Log
- Weather Data
- Name: Angel More
- Gender: female
- Age on swim date: 15
- Nationality: United States
- Resides: San Carlos, California
- Tom Linthicum - pilot
- Lisa Amorao - crew chief / kayaker 1
- Gretchen Fermer - crew / kayaker 2
- Cathy Delneo - observer 1
- Evan Morrison - observer 2
Escort Vessel: Ghost Rider (Tahoe Keys)
Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
- Body of Water: Lake Tahoe
- Route Type: one-way
- Start Location: Camp Richardson Beach (38.938492, -120.039341)
- Finish Location: Public beach SE of Incline Creek mouth (39.238282, -119.945648)
- Minimum Route Distance: 34.3 km (21.3 miles)
- LongSwimsDB: Lake Tahoe
- Start: 24 August 2018, 21:00:00 (America/Los_Angeles, UTC-7).
- Finish: 25 August 2018, 12:39:10
- Elapsed: 15 hours, 39 minutes, 10 seconds.
Summary of Conditions
|Water Temp (F)||66.4||68.4|
|Air Temp (F)||59||81|
|Wind||F0||F2 (NE and W)|
Trackpoint frequency: 30 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).
Nutrition: GU and fruit smoothie. Occasional chocolate juice and Motrin.
Photos by Cathy Delneo. Narrative by Evan Morrison
In the evening of August 24, 2018, Angel More, her family, her support team, and a random couple from the nearby Beacon Restaurant gathered under an eerie green light at the base of the Camp Richardson Marina pier.
Boats loaded and Desitin applied, Angel entered the water from the sand on the east side of the pier at 9pm exactly (synced to atomic time).
The send-off party @ Camp Richardson Marina
Steering a brightly lit kayak, Lisa guided Angel away from shore, along the length of the pier and through an obstacle course of moored boats. Tom, Gretchen, Cathy, and I boarded and launched Ghost Rider. In a few minutes we were beyond the marina area. Tom set the chart plotter on a course for Hyatt Incline, and we lined up with the kayak and swimmer on starboard.
Under the light of a near-full moon, Angel covered nearly 6 km in the first two hours. But as we moved into the open lake, a Force 2 headwind arose out of the northeast, slowing our progress and blowing us west of the rhumb line during feeds.
Midnight on the lake
Swimming into a small but annoying headwind-chop, Angel’s made les than 2 km per hour in the early morning hours. But she remained in good spirits, feeding on GU and fruit smoothie. During her 12:30am feed she drily joked, “I’m going for a speed record.”
Around 1:30am the wind switched, now coming out of the west and a bit stronger. Tom maneuvered Ghost Rider to the other side (swimmer and kayak on port) to better hold the line against the eastward push. At 4am, Gretchen gave Lisa a well-deserved rest after a 7-hour paddle. Around 4:45am (7:45 elapsed) we were halfway to Incline.
Around 5:30am, the day’s first light emerged over the Carson Range. The wind switched again, now southeast and calmer (Force 1). Swimmer speed and crew spirits rose with the dawn, and after a witching-hour nadir of 1.7 kph, Angel made more than 2 kph for the rest of the swim. The crew enjoyed a tupperware feast of eggs, sausage, and fried potatoes prepared by Lisa.
As the morning progressed, we started to get more questions from Angel along the lines of “Are we there yet?” — but onward she swam with her steady cadence (47-48 strokes per minute). By 8:30am we had a glassed-off lake all to ourselves - no other boats in sight. We executed another kayak switch at 8:30 (Lisa for Gretchen), and Cathy hopped in for a support swim between 9:50 and 10:45.
Angel’s swim had generated some media interest, and around 10:45 with 4 km to go, Lisa fielded phone inquiries about our finish ETA and location. As we approached the Incline Village shore around noon, there was a marked increase in boat and jetski traffic. Tom and Lisa closed ranks around Angel to keep her out of anyone’s path.
Just after 12:39pm, Angel cleared the water at the public beach between the mouth of Incline Creek and the Hyatt beach, greeted by her family and a press photographer.
At 15 years, 329 days, Angel is the youngest swimmer known to swim the length of Lake Tahoe.
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