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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

33.5 Miles Across The Sea Has Faith

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Most people take the shortest straight-line tangent when crossing a channel.

Most, of course, get occasionally pushed laterally one way and the other, during their channel crossing, but channel swimmers definitely adhere to the mindset of going from Point A to Point B along the shortest, straightest line possible.

Not Faith Hale and her teammates Tom Hale, Roddy Teeple, Patsee Ober, Brett Rose, and Lynn Kubasek.

Their relay team, 33.5 Miles Across the Sea, is mindfully taking the long way across the Catalina Channel.

Instead of the traditional 20.2-mile course, 33.5 Miles Across the Sea plans to swim from Avalon on Catalina Island southwards to Laguna Beach [shown above] on the Southern California mainland on August 7th, an unprecedented attempt.

Instead of heading to Terranea Point like everyone else*, the sextet from Laguna Beach wanted to swim home, literally. Captain John Pittman, observers Catherine Coy and Dan Simonelli, and kayakers Jamie Glazer, Elizabeth Hale, and Rich Selin will assist in their unusual effort.

While their stated distance is 33.5 miles, they will only be credited with a 20.2-mile crossing as is the traditional case in the open water swimming world. That is, no matter what the actual distance is swum, the certified distance is always the shortest straight-line tangent from shore to shore in channel crossings.

* Jim Fitzpatrick and Chris Dahowski are some of the rare swimmers who purposefully swum off the straight-line tangent and landed in various other non-traditional locations along the California shoreline during crossings of the Catalina Channel.

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