Circumnavigations


For SBCSA-sanctioned circumnavigation swims:

Swim descriptions ordered by distance (shortest to longest).

Santa Barbara Island

  • Official distance: 5 miles (8.1 km)
  • Successful solos: 2
  • Successful relays: 1
  • Route notes: The official route passes inside of Sutil Island (i.e., between Sutil and the main part of SBI) but outside the various unnamed near-shore rocks.

See Channel Swims for more details about Santa Barbara Island.

Anacapa Island

  • Official distance: 10.8 miles (17.5 km)
  • Successful solos: 2
  • Successful relays: 0
  • Route notes: An official circum-swim of Anacapa requires swimming around all three islets (East, Middle, and West). Swimming between any of the islets, even if possible, is considered cutting the course. Additionally, SBCSA-sanctioned swims must pass outside Arch Rock.

See Channel Swims for more details about Anacapa Island.

San Nicolas Island

  • Official distance: 21.3 miles (34.3 km)
  • Successful solos: 0
  • Successful relays: 0
  • Route notes: San Nicolas Island is an active Naval base, and you must obtain permission from the Navy to swim to or from its beaches.

See Channel Swims for more details about San Nicolas Island.

San Miguel Island

  • Official distance: 21.7 miles (35 km)
  • Successful solos: 0
  • Successful relays: 0
  • Route notes: The southwest edge of San Miguel Island is a sensitive marine habitat which includes a large elephant seal rookery at Point Bennett. For circumnavigation swims, both swimmers and their escorts should stay at least 300 yards offshore between Castle Rock and Judith Rock.

See Channel Swims for more details about San Miguel Island.

Santa Rosa Island

  • Official distance: 41.3 miles (66.5 km)
  • Successful solos: 0
  • Successful relays: 0
  • Route notes: The waters around Santa Rosa Island are dotted by numerous shoals and rocks which may not be visible at certain tides. Boaters are advised to closely consult nautical charts and remain a safe distance offshore.

See Channel Swims for more details about Santa Rosa Island.

San Clemente Island

  • Official distance: 46.5 miles (75.9 km)
  • Successful solos: 0
  • Successful relays: 0
  • Route notes: San Clemente Island is an active Naval base, and you must obtain permission from the Navy to swim to or from its beaches. Additionally, certain parts of the San Clemente Island coastline are restricted to all marine traffic to 3 nautical miles offshore. More information at scisland.org.

See Channel Swims for more details about San Clemente Island.

Santa Cruz Island

  • Official distance: 53.7 miles (86.5 km)
  • Successful solos: 0 (1 attempt)
  • Successful relays: 0

See Channel Swims for more details about Santa Cruz Island.


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