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Thursday, May 7, 2015

When British Pride Kicks In The Farallon Islands

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Vito Bialla will escort the first British relay attempt from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, 30 miles (48.2 km) away.

John Gunn, Mary Stokes, Ali Wilde, Ed Morgan and Simon Clarke are part of the 5-member Great British Farallon Swim.

The quartet will leave the dock in San Francisco Bay at 3 am local time on Friday morning with an intended start at 5:30 am at the Farallones. "The Spot Tracker of the Night Train Swimmers will be on as usual," explains Bialla who will escort them along with Dave Holscher, Mauricio Prieto, and Dr Dave Ogden. "The British pride will kick in and they are a delightful enthusiastic group."

"We decided to attempt the Farallon Swim because it just felt like a magical swim that's not particularly well-known on the open water swimming circuit," described John Gunn. "We were intrigued so we got a team together and thought we'd give it a go, while raising money for the RNLI [Royal National Lifeboat Institution] lifeguards over in the UK.

We're certainly going to be well out of our comfort zones, but we're going to give it our best crack

For more information on the Great British Farallon Swim, visit here. Live tracking on the Spot Tracker is available here.

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