Out, Around, & Back
We congratulate Anthony McCarley, Dave Van Mouwerik, Asha Allen, Becky Margulies, Dan Simonelli, and Scott Zacharda who found success in the first swim of the 2016 season. Team "Out, Around, & Back" completed the first known relay from Catalina to Santa Barbara Island - 24.4 miles against the prevailing current in 16:01 (in 2014, the Laguna Six swam in the opposite direction).
Upon completing the inter-island swim, the sextet of accomplished marathon swimmers weren't done swimming: They swam around Santa Barbara Island, thus completing the first known relay circumnavigation of SBI: 5+ miles in 3:06.
New Lifetime Members
Elizabeth Fry (Westport, CT) and Gary King (Simi Valley, CA) are the SBCSA’s newest lifetime members. They become the 51st and 52nd members of a special group who generously support the SBCSA and marathon swimming. Lifetime Members (apply here) receive benefits including:
- $100 discount on all solo sanction fees.
- $50 discount on relay sanction fees (the discount is additive if a relay team includes multiple SBCSA lifetime members).
- 25% discount on the annual banquet.
- An introduction at the annual banquet.
- Name recognition in various SBCSA publications.
- The satisfaction of supporting an organization that works hard to promote safe, traditional, environmentally conscious marathon swimming in the California Channel Islands.
Thank you, Liz and Gary!
Did You Know?
Over 150 endemic, or unique, species found nowhere else in the world, including the quick-to-endear island fox, have earned the Channel Islands their nickname as the Galapagos of North America.
The largest breeding colonies of seabirds in southern California are found on the Channel Islands
Fossils composing the most complete pygmy mammoth skeleton ever discovered were found on Santa Rosa Island, where they roamed the island before the last ice age.