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Monday, April 13, 2015
Another Epic Relay Attempt - A Two-way Farallon Relay
There are certain swims around the world that are initially considered unfathomable, but then swimmers who dream big eventually achieve them.
Linda Kaiser, Randy Brown, Michelle Macy, Joel Swartz, Billy Brown and Mike Spalding took 47 hours 55 minutes to complete the unprecedented Kaieiewaho Channel Relay, a rough 115.8 km (72 miles) across the shark waters of the Kaieiewaho Channel from Oahu to Kauai.
Kazuya Suzuki, Atsushi Suzuki, Masaya Shimizu, Kenta Ishii, Haruki Yamamoto, and Kouhei Yamada swam over 50 hours in the Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge in a 120 km (74.5 mile) relay from Yonaguni Island in Japan to Taiwan.
Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, and Luc Chetboun swam 380 km (235 miles) from Cyprus to Israel in 123 hours 10 minutes.
This month, there will be another epic relay. One that really raises the bar in the Pacific Ocean: a two-way Farallon relay from the Golden Gate Bridge out to the Farallon Islands and back, 60 miles (95.6 km) of cold, rough, oft-foggy, shark-encounterable waters.
"On April 25th around 7 am we will have six swimmers start a Farallon relay under the Golden Gate Bridge," explains Captain Vito Bialla [shown above]. "The swimmers are Emily Kreger, Patti Bauernfeind, Simon Dominguez, Kim Chambers, Ashley Horne and Dave Holscher. The back-up and escort swimmers are Kate Webber and me. We will swim out to the South Farallon Island, do a flip turn at the Fisherman’s Cove buoy, turn around and swim back.
With the water temperature stabilized at 52.2ºF (11.8ºC) and seas should be calm this time of the year."
The team is expected to finish on April 26th around 1 to 2 pm - a swim that they estimate will take over 30 hours. "This is also opening day on the bay and the Tiburon Fire Department has organized a welcome with fire hose boats and some fanfare that will make this a memorable event," says Bialla. "The swimmers are some of the best in the world and we have all been training hard swimming daily in the bay. The only thing that can get in the way is weather, but that has never deterred this gang."
The team will be trackable via Spot Tracker as is always the case with the Night Train Swimmers.
For background information on some of the most epic relays in open water swimming history, visit here.
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