Alcatraz Island

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Alcatraz Island (or the Rock) sits in the middle of the San Francisco Bay in northern California, United States of America. It is one of the swims of the Triple Break or Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims together with Robben Island in South Africa and Spike Island in Ireland.

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Example of Alcatraz Island Swim

• Location: San Francisco Bay, California, U.S.A.
• Course: From Aquatic Park near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back
• Distance: 3.25 miles (5.2K)
• Date of Annual Race: July
• Description: Swim Around the Rock requires extensive open water experience due to the cold water (under 60°F or 15.5°C), changing tides and fast currents, but spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the San Francisco downtown skyline will delight the swimmers throughout the event.

Triple Break and Quatro Break

Alcatraz Island is also one of the swims of the Triple Break or Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims. It is also one of the swims of the Quatro Crown of Prison Island Swims an extension of the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims. Quatro Break Sites include:

1. Robben Island is the former isolated prison home of Nelson Mandella and other South Africans 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.
2. Alcatraz Island is the former isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals 1.5 miles from Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay in California, U.S.A.
3. Spike Island (Irish: Inis Píc) is the former isolated prison home of infamous immates 2 kilometers off the coast in Cobh Harbour, Ireland.
4. Rottnest Island sites 19.7 km west of Perth in Western Australia. It was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1931 where 3,700 Aboriginal men and boys were imprisoned.

Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island and Rottnest Island, once well-guarded isolated prison islands, are now 21st century sites better known for challenging swims with tricky currents and surrounding marine life. Convicts have given way to open water traditionalists and wetsuit-clad swimmers.

Prison Island Swims

Alcatraz Island is one of the 8 open water swims of the Octad of Open Water Swims or Prison Island Swims that includes the following open water swims around formerly well-guarded isolated prison islands. Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island and Rottnest Island are now 21st century sites better known for challenging open water swims with tricky currents and surrounding marine life. Convicts of the past have given way to contemporary open water swimming traditionalists and wetsuit-clad triathletes and swimmers.

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