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Monday, March 10, 2014

Craig Lenning Has The Right Stuff After 47 Years

If there is a fire, call a fireman.

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If you want to face one of the most difficult physical challenges in the world, head towards the Farallon Islands, 27 miles outside the Golden Gate Bridge.

And if you want to witness a historical success, sign up to be on Craig Lenning's crew.

Lenning, one of the world's most unheralded but toughest endurance athletes, will soon take on the Farallon Islands.

The personable Colorado resident is waiting for the right moment, but with the water a tepid 57ºF (13.8ºC), the timing may soon be right. Not since 1967 has a solo crossing from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay been accomplished. There have been several attempts, some tantalizingly close, but no successes over the past 47 years.

The Farallon Islands to the California mainland is mano-a-mano at its best. Mother Nature versus man. There is arguably no endurance event more difficult on Planet Earth: unclothed against some of the most savage elements mankind is willing to endure. But Lenning is ready to step up to the plate with Vito Bialla at the helm and the crew of the Farallon Islands Swimming Association at the ready.

Lenning has successfully tackled the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland, the Tsugaru Channel in Japan, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel in California, the Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida, done a double-crossing of Lake Tahoe, done an Ice Mile, and participated in the unprecedented 6-day Bering Strait Swim, the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. If there is any human on Planet Earth ready and capable to take on and successfully complete a Farallon Islands crossing, it is Lenning.

Cold water is not a singular problem. He can handle the rough water and endure adverse currents. Marine life is present and understood. His crew is the most experienced possible. But the combination of cold water (possibly sub-10ºC in spots), the notorious Potato Patch, the Great White Sharks, vicious tidal flows, blinding fog, and a wind-whipped Pacific Ocean can beat even the most prepared.

47 years in the making. 47 years waiting in the wings. 47 years for history to be replicated. Stay tuned.

Lenning's swim will be presented on the Night Train Swimmers' website (nighttrainswimmers.org).

The Farallon Islands, or Farallones from the Spanish farallón meaning "pillar" or "sea cliff", are a group of desolate islands in the Gulf of the Farallones off the coast of San Francisco, California. They are only occasionally visible from the mainland on clear days. Solo swims and relays to and from the Farallon Islands are governed by the Farallon Islands Swimming Association.

Additional articles on Craig Lenning and his Farallon Islands swim are posted below:

* Gotta Good Feeling About The Farallons
* Big Day Out On The Ocean (Atlantic Division)
* Big Day Out On The Ocean (Pacific Division)
* 4.4 nm To Go For Craig Lenning
* So Far, So Good For Craig Lenning
* Craig Lenning's 15 Hours 46 Minutes Ends 47-Year Hiatus
* When Technology Meets Channel Swimming
* Evans, Erikson And Lenning - Three With The Right Stuff

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