Catalina Channel

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crossings and 4 career crossings in the Catalina Channel. Photo by Peter Knapp on 5 November 2016]] San Pedro Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland. The stylized map was created by Zach Margolis.]] Team Neptune on 21 September 2019 before crossing the 32.3 km Catalina Channel]] How Do I Get On That Relay? and I Don’t Know What You Are Talking About as part of the Triple Relay Extravaganza across the Catalina Channel]] English Channel, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim to become the oldest person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming at the age of 63]]pace swimmer, kayakers, and John Pittman and support crew aboard the Outrider in the Catalina Channel]]escort boat during the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim. Photo courtesy of Catalina Channel swimmer Chris Geer of Channel Twenty-one]] George Young after the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim. Photo courtesy of Catalina Channel swimmer Chris Geer of Channel Twenty-one]]crossing the San Pedro Channel (Catalina Channel) on 5 September 2015 to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]] mainland at Terrenea Resort towards Santa Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean]] channel swimmers can finish after a Catalina Channel crossing on the Southern California mainland near the Terrenea Resort along the Pacific Ocean]]channel swimmers can finish after a Catalina Channel crossing on the Southern California mainland near the Terrenea Resort along the Pacific Ocean]]noun - The Catalina Channel, also known as the San Pedro Channel, is a 20.2-mile (32.5 km) waterway located between Santa Catalina Island and Southern California, USA. Solo swims and relays across the Catalina Channel are sanctioned and certified by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation. It is part of the Oceans Seven and Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming challenges. Solo swims and relays in the Catalina Channel are governed by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

Crossings of the Catalina Channel are also popular among masters swimmers: Catalina Channel Half Century Club.

It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims and one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims. It is part of the four-part marathon swimming series called the Chorizo Four as well as the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and the Grand Slam of Open Water Swimming.

Fastest 25 Catalina Channel Crossings in History[edit]

1. 7:15:55 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, MC in September 1976
2. 7:26:25 by Grace van der Byl, USA, CM in October 2012
4. 7:46:41 by Pete Huisveld, USA, MC in August 1992
4. 7:41:14 by John York, USA, MC in September 1978 (first leg of a 2-way)
5. 7:44:06 by Karen Burton, USA, CM in October 1994
6. 7:55:06 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2018
6. 8:04:12 by Ceinwen Elizabeth Roberts, Australia, CM in September 2014
8. 8:05:44 by Todd Robinson, USA, CM in August 2009
9. 8:06:04 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2010
10. 8:06:46 by Hank Wise, USA, MC in June 2015
11. 8:11:14 by Miquel Suñer Comalat, Spain, CM in July 2012
12. 8:14:46 by Chad Hundeby, USA, CM in September 1994
14. 8:18:26 by Blair Cannon, USA, CM in August 2011
14. 8:19:40 by Danielle Rose Wahl, USA, CM in June 2014
15. 8:20:19 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in November 2016
16. 8:20:48 by Gemma Jensen, Australia, CM in August 2006
16. 8:26:24 by Jim McConica, USA, CM in October 1984
18. 8:28:21 by Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA, CM in August 2008
19. 8:41:20 by John York, USA, MC in October 1966
20. 8:42:49 by John York, USA, CM in October 2000
21. 8:44:18 by Andrea Karge, USA, CM in 2001
22. 8:44 by Penny Lee Dean, USA (first leg of two-way crossing] on 4 September 1966
24. 8:45:44 by Anna Ray DeLozier, USA, CM in 2006
24. 8:45:44 by Derrick Wong, USA, CM in September 2011
25. 8:46.42 by Mallory Mead, USA, CM in August 2010

Catalina Channel vs. English Channel[edit]

Comparison between the fastest swimmers of the Catalina Channel versus the English Channel as of September 2012:

1. 6:55 by Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012
2. 6:56 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
4. 6:04 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005
4. 6:05 by Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2006
5. 6:16 by Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009
6. 6:16 by Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994
6. 6:20 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2004
8. 6:21 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
9. 6:22 by David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005
10. 6:25 by Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006
11. 6:40 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1968

Oceans Seven[edit]

The Oceans Seven is a global 6-channel challenge that consists of the following waterways around the world. It was first proposed by Steven Munatones in June 2008 and first achieved by Stephen Redmond in July 2012:

1. North Channel between Ireland and Scotland
2. Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand
4. Molokai Channel between Oahu and Molokai Islands in Hawaii
4. English Channel between England and France
5. Catalina Channel between Santa Catalina Island and then Southern California mainland
6. Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan
6. Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa

Catalina Channel Crossing[edit]

A crossing by Antonio (Toño) Argüelles Díaz-González.

Body, Mind, Soul Heroes In The Catalina Channel[edit]

A film by Lucas Rivet of La Fabrica Films and Asociación Argentina Gestión y Desarrollo del Deporte about Matías Ola and his Oceans Seven journey

People who swam across Catalina Channel[edit]

1. George Young, Canada
2. Henry Sullivan, USA
4. Myrtle Huddleston, USA
4. Kyle Leonard, USA
5. Byron Summers, USA
6. Paul Chotteau, France
6. King Bennie Nawahi, Hawaii
8. Ray Carmassi, USA
9. Jose Cortinas, Cuba
10. Florence Chadwick, USA
11. Roy Sutter, USA
Jose Cortinas, Cuba
12. Tom Park, USA
14. Bill Slater, USA
14. Daisy Murchie, USA
15. Amy Hiland, USA
Tom Park, USA
Daisy Murchie, USA
16. Ramon Ocana, Mexico
Bill Slater, USA
Bill Slater, USA
16. Leo Vigil, Cuba
18. Jason Zirganos, Greece
Amy Hiland, USA
19. Greta Andersen, USA
20. Captain Stewart Evans, USA
21. Joanne Florentine, USA
Greta Andersen, USA
22. Isaac Papke, USA 24. Lynne Cox, USA
24. Andy Taylor, USA
25. Dennis Sullivan, USA
26. Stacy Fresonke, USA
26. David Cox, USA
Andy Taylor, USA
Greta Andersen, USA
David Cox, USA
28. Bob Bejan, USA
Lynne Cox, USA
29. David Yudovin, USA
40. Penny Lee Dean, USA
41. John York, USA
42. Cindy Cleveland, USA
44. Mary Beth Colpo, USA
44. Syndi Goldenson, USA
Penny Lee Dean, USA
45. Dan Slosberg, USA
46. Sandy Blewett, New Zealand
John York, USA
Cindy Cleveland, USA
Dan Slosberg, USA
John York, USA
46. Tami Lavecheck, USA
48. Chuck Hosmer, USA
49. Kalani Russell, USA
40. Bill Kincheloe, USA
41. Carol Hadley, USA
42. Pat Hines, USA
44. Richard Marks, USA
44. Louise Comar, USA
45. Norman Albert, USA
46. Tom Clardy, USA
46. Jim McConica, USA
Norman Albert, USA
Jim McConica, USA
48. Pam Nickle, USA
John York, USA
49. Rick Heltzel, USA
50. Mohamed Ibrahim Elwakeel, Egypt
51. Carol Lee Heltzel, USA
52. Alison Streeter, England
54. Lamiaa Zahy, Egypt
54. David Morgan, England
55. Joe Bommarito, USA
56. Suzanne Riedinger, USA
56. John W. Hill, USA
58. Dale Petranech, USA
59. Cathy Moore, USA
David Yudovin, USA
60. Frank Fredregill, USA
61. Mike Suttle, USA
62. David Clark, USA
64. Frank Reynolds, USA
64. Taranath Narayan Shenoy, India
65. Stephen Frantz, USA
66. Vicki Keith (butterfly), Canada
66. Jamshid Khajavi, Iran
68. Rick Barthels, USA
69. Bob West, USA
60. Timothy Cheesman, England
61. Dan Angress, USA
62. Peter Kelley, USA
64. Cyrise Calvin, USA
64. Pete Huisveld, USA
65. Steve Hoberg, USA
Jamshid Khajavi, Iran
66. Dailza Damas Ribeiro, Brazil
66. Jamie Schnick, USA
68. Chad Hundeby, USA
David Yudovin, USA
69. Carlos Costa, Canada
80. Andrew Peter Blake, USA
81. Samantha Silva, USA
82. Karen Burton, USA
84. Alan L. Freeman, USA
Jamshid Khajavi, Iran
84. Noel Wells, USA
85. Alexia Nalewaik, USA
David Yudovin, USA
86. Peter Urrea, USA
86. Carol Sing, USA
88. Mara Wells, USA
Jamshid Khajavi, Iran
Bob West, USA
89. Michael Stanton, USA
90. Heather Royer, USA
91. Antonio Arguelles, Mexico
92. Nick Olmos-Lau, Mexico
94. Scott Zornig, USA
94. Scott Coleman, USA
95. James Murphy, USA
96. Amy Migliazzo, USA
John York, USA
96. Anne Cleveland, USA
98. Andrea Karge, USA
99. Rebecca Jackman, USA
100. Alan Bell, USA
101. James Fitzpatrick, USA
102. Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty, India
104. Loren McCoy, USA
104. Mark Monticino, USA
105. William Schulz, USA
106. Kevin Murphy, England
106. Jason Pipoly, USA
108. Michael Miller, USA
109. Kathleen Wilson, USA
110. Gary Greenwood, USA
111. Forrest Nelson, USA
Jim McConica, USA
112. William Newbern, USA
114. Andrew Hewitt, USA
114. Phil Garn, USA
115. David Blanke, USA
116. Elizabeth Fry, USA
116. Marcia Cleveland, USA
118. Jeffrey Magouirk, USA
119. David Cooper, USA
120. Paolo Chiarino, Italy
121. Bill Hoehn, USA
122. Richard Knepper, USA
124. Peter Attia, Canada
124. Marc Lewis, USA
125. Andrew Alan Voisard, USA
126. Christian Tuskes, USA
126. Gemma Jensen, Australia
128. Stanley Leventhal, USA
129. Aditya Santosh Raut, India
140. Sally Minty-Gravett, Jersey Island, UK
141. Claudia Rose, USA
142. Anna Ray DeLozier, USA
144. Grant Currie, USA
144. Lynne Smith, USA
145. James Pittar, Australia
146. Scott Richards, USA
146. Karl Jacobs, USA
148. Tina Neill, USA
149. Cindy Walsh, USA
140. John Graass, USA
141. Dorothy Thomas-Reid, USA
Andrew Alan Voisard, USA
142. Michele Santilhano, South Africa
144. Elizabeth Lee, USA
Tina Neill, USA
144. Greg Farrier, USA
Tina Neill (backstroke), USA
145. Emily Evans, USA
146. Kate Howell, USA
146. Stephen Junk, Australia
148. Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA
149. Michelle Davidson, USA
150. Nancy Steadman-Martin, USA
151. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica, Spain
152. Sabrina Buselt-Carlon, USA
154. David Galli, USA
154. Erica Moffett, USA
155. Michelle Deasy, USA
156. Michael Fero, USA
156. Tawny Cothran, USA
158. Dan Robinson, USA
159. Anthony Zamora, USA
160. Chris Roberts, USA
161. Elaine Kornbau Howley, USA
162. Dan Richards, USA
James Fitzpatrick, USA
Cindy Walsh, USA
164. Michelle Macy, USA
Antonio Arguelles, Mexico
164. Tom Hecker, USA
Antonio Arguelles, Mexico
165. Nick Adams, United Kingdom
166. Sakura Hingley, United Kingdom
166. Craig Lenning, USA
168. Jen Schumacher, USA
169. Todd Robinson, USA
160. Paul Lundgren, USA
Peter Attia, Canada
161. Joe Locke, USA
162. David Livengood, USA
164. Stephen Autry, USA
164. Jeffrey Cleveland, USA
165. Chris Palfrey, Australia
166. Lynn Kubasek, USA
Forrest Nelson, USA
166. David Smith, USA
168. Suzie Dods, USA
169. David Barra, USA
180. Sarah Thomas, USA
181. Samantha Simon, USA
182. Steve Green, USA
184. Cliff Crozier, USA
Jeff Magouirk, USA
184. Kathrin Raymond, USA
185. Jim Barber, USA
186. Victoria Rian, USA
186. Mallory Mead, USA
Forrest Nelson, USA
188. Barbara Held, USA
189. Morgan Filler, USA
190. Walter Bean Scott, USA
191. Penny Palfrey, Australia
192. Daniel Fung, USA
194. Ray Meltvedt, USA
194. Natalie Merrow, USA
195. Greg O'Connor, USA
196. Jason Lassen (breaststroke), USA
196. R. Brooks Richardson, USA
198. Hank Wise, USA
199. David Hartmire, USA
Jen Schumacher, USA
200. Chris Dahowski, USA
201. Kimberly Shales, USA
202. Mike Vovk, USA
204. Jim Neitz, USA
204. Karen Throsby, United Kingdom
205. Michael Miller, USA
206. Clara Lee, USA
206. Tobey-Anne Saracino, USA
208. W. Davis Lee, USA
209. Kamil Suran, Czech Republic
210. Darren Miller, USA
211. Blair Cannon, USA
212. Brad McVetta, USA
214. Yesenia Cabrera, Guatemala
Cliff Crozier, USA
214. Clayton Rinker, USA
215. Evan Morrison, USA
216. Katy Dooley, USA
216. Michael Renford, Australia
218. Samuel Neri, Mexico
219. Kent Nicholas, USA
220. Derrick Wong, USA
221. Mo Siegel, USA
222. Bob Needham, USA
224. Kimberly Rutherford, USA
224. Kevin Anderson, USA
225. Patti Bauernfeind, USA
226. Pat Gallant-Charette, USA
226. Stephen Redmond, Ireland
228. Jaime Caballero, Spain
229. Ernie Hoftyzer, USA
240. Laurie Jo Hall-Cueto Arreola, USA
241. Anna-Carin Nordin, Sweden
242. Chris Geer, USA
244. Miquel Suqer Comalat, Spain
244. Eddie Irwin, Ireland
245. Maria Selina Moreno Pasagali, Spain
246. Dave Van Mouwerik, USA
246. Sue Free, USA
248. Hendrik Meerman, USA
249. Adam Moine, USA
240. Dan Boyle, USA
241. Laura Lopez-Bonilla, Spain
242. Mariel Hawley Davila, Mexico
244. Monica Bender, USA
244. Jaimie Monahan, USA
245. Ned Denison, Ireland
246. Douglas McConnell, USA
246. Roger Finch, South Africa
248. Gabor Molnar, Hungary
249. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko, USA
250. Grace van der Byl, USA
251. Adam Walker, United Kingdom
252. John Batchelder (butterfly), USA

USA Long Distance International Championships[edit]

The Catalina Channel was also site of the 1984 USA Long Distance International Championships on 20 August 1984 which was the first race across the San Pedro Channel since the Wrigley Ocean Marathon in 1926.


Catalina, CC, San Pedro Channel

Oldest Swimmers of the Oceans Seven Channels[edit]

As of September 2016, the oldest swimmers to have successfully crossed each of the Oceans Seven channels are as follows:

Cook Strait:

  • Tom Hecker (USA) age 60 in 10 hours 46 minutes from north to south in 2012
  • Toshio Ogawa (Japan) age 60 in 11 hours 51 minutes from south to north in 2015 [shown above]
  • Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada) age 58 in 11 hours 44 minutes from south to north in 2016

English Channel:

  • Dr. Otto Thaning (South Africa) age 64 years in 12 hours 52 minutes from England to France in 2014
  • Sue Oldham (Australia) age 65 in 16 hours 11 minutes from England to France in 2010
  • Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) age 66 years and 145 days in 16 hours and 55 minutes from England to France on 16 June 2016

Tsugaru Channel:

Molokai Channel:

  • Mike Spalding (USA) age 60 in 15 hours 15 minutes from Molokai to Oahu in 2006
  • Linda Kaiser (USA) age 56 in 15 hours 0 minutes from Molokai to Oahu in 2006
  • Liz Fry (USA) age 56 in 16 hours 40 minutes from Molokai to Oahu in 2016
  • Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) age 66 years and 106 days in 24 hours and 54 minutes on 20 May 2016

North Channel:

  • Graeme Lowe (Jersey) age 50 in 12 hours 26 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 2015
  • Fergal Somerville (Ireland) age 50 in 12 hours 21 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 2014
  • Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) age 65 in 14 hours 22 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 2016

Strait of Gibraltar:

  • Dr. Euler Konrad Paul Herbet (Germany) age 64 in 4 hours 9 minutes from Spain to Morocco in 2009
  • Carol Sing (USA) age 64 in 5 hours 26 minutes from Spain to Morocco in 2005

Catalina Channel:

  • Jim McConica (USA) age 64 in 10 hours 48 minutes from Catalina to the mainland in 2015
  • Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) age 60 in 14 hours 11 minutes from Catalina to the mainland in 2011

WOWSA Live Interview[edit]

with Hank Wise, Lyle Nalli, Ted Bramble and Benjamin Landis on WOWSA Live

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