October Newsletter

Posted by SBCSA, 22 October 2018

Banquet Info

The SBCSA will host our annual awards dinner and banquet Saturday, November 3rd at the Doubletree San Pedro (same day, same location as the Catalina Channel banquet). We’ll celebrate one of the busiest years in Santa Barbara Channel history - 16 solo swimmers and two relays.

Details and tickets at santabarbarachannelswim.org/banquet … please RSVP by Wednesday, October 24. This is a plated dinner, so no last-minute ticket sales!

Special guest Rachel Horn will present a documentary film of her 2016 Anacapa swim, Crossing the Channel (an official selection of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival).

Season Recap

The SBCSA sanctioned 16 successful solo swims this season, with only 2 DNFs. Both are new records for the association. We saw 12 swims along the popular 12-mile route between Anacapa Island and Oxnard; as well as several rare and unprecedented swims. We saw new course records both the fastest and the longest-duration Anacapa swims (nearly 16 hours!).

All considered — an incredible year of channel swimming, filled with inspiring feats of endurance, athleticism, and courage.


Photos: San Fran Ma’ams (Cathy Harrington, Meg Omainsky, Alice Ma), Dave Loeffler at San Clemente, Caroline Block swimming off Santa Rosa Isl, and Ken Mignosa.

Course Records

Age Records

Photos: Jim McConica, Marilyn Korzekwa, Susan Petro, Abby Fairman and team.

Longest Duration Records

* - record subsequently broken

More Anacapa Swims

Photos: Mina Rhoden and team (top), then - Dan and Pearl Simonelli, Erika Gliebe, Carly Miller, Paige Kieding & Vito Bialla.

California Triple Crown update

The SBCSA congratulates Santa Barbara Channel alumni Robin Rose, Anthony McCarley, Abby Fairman, Angel More, Marilyn Korzekwa, and Luca Pozzi, who this year became the 8th through 13th individuals to complete the California Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming (SB Channel, Catalina, and the length of Lake Tahoe).

Angel (15) is the youngest to achieve the feat, while Marilyn (61) is the oldest.

The California Triple Crown is a world-class swimming feat that can be feasibly attempted by California residents without ever having to set foot on an airplane.

New Lifetime Members

We’re delighted to welcome eight new Lifetime Members:

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