Happy New Year from the SBCSA

Posted by SBCSA, 1 February 2013

The SBCSA Board would like to wish you and your families a healthy and Happy New Year. May the oceans always seem small compared to our family of marathon swimming friends.

Here’s to the channel swimmer
as we begin another year
may you meet your goals minus the shiver
and conquer all your fears


SBCSA Board members at February 2nd board meeting in Santa Barbara L to R: Jim Fitzpatrick, Scott Zornig, Lynn Kubasek, Cherie Edborg, Theo Schmeeckle, Jane Cairns, Dave Van Mouwerik, Evan Morrison and Rob Dumouchel

Evan Morrison receives honor

SBCSA board member Evan Morrison and his Santa Cruz Island swim were ranked #3 on the list of “Top Sports Stories of 2012” in Santa Barbara by Presidio Sports. Read the article here.

We are accepting applications for the 2013 season

The 2013 marathon swimming season is just a few months away. If you are interested in attempting a marathon swim with us this season, please register prior to May 1, 2013 to take advantage of lower fees and secure the date you desire. Registration and membership forms can be found on our website at santabarbarachannelswim.org. We will assign an observer to each swimmer shortly after registering. If a swimmer desires a specific observer, we will do our best to honor all requests. Please remember that the very first step in registering (after thoroughly reading and understanding all rules) is to secure a date with your desired boat/pilot prior to sending in your application. The SBCSA has added new boats so please visit our website for boat size, capacity and contact information. Please note that many of the boats will accommodate weekend crossings at no extra charge. We also have added Kayakers for hire for our out of town guests. We are anticipating another big year so please register early.

New Swim Rules and Logistical Guidelines for 2013

The SBCSA Board of Directors has undertaken a thorough revision and clarification of its swim rules and logistical guidelines. They can be viewed on the SBCSA website on the Rules page.

Some of the newly added swim rules include:

Relay Rules

Some of the newly added logistical guidelines include:

Calling All Observers

We would not be able to function if it were not for our observers. These are the people who selflessly give of their time to make sure the swimmer has a safe experience and document the swim. Please consider attending observer training in May and become an official observer. SBCSA observers receive compensation for their expenses and efforts. If you have an interest in and/or attending observing training, please contact Dave Van Mouwerik.


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