Anacapa Island

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Santa Barbara Channel Islands
Anacapa Island is a small volcanic island located about 11 miles (18 km) off the coast of Port Hueneme, California, in the United States. Anacapa Island is composed of a series of narrow islets 6 miles (10 km) miles long, running in a mostly east-west orientation, 5 miles (8 km) east of Santa Cruz Island. The island is composed of three islets: East, Middle and West Anacapa, collectively known as the Anacapas. The islets have precipitous cliffs, dropping off steeply into the sea. East and Middle Anacapa have fairly level areas at their tops, but West Anacapa is wider and reaches an altitude of 930 ft (283 m). Middle Island reaches an altitude of 325 ft (99 m) and East Island is 250 ft (76 m) at its highest point. All three islands total 699 acres (283 ha), or about 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2).

Anacapa is part of the Channel Islands archipelago and is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is the smallest of the northern islands. The official 2000 census population was 3 permanent residents (Ranger Station in the eastern part of East Island). East Island's most notable natural feature is Arch Rock, a 40-foot (12 m)-high natural bridge.


[edit] Marathon Swimming

Solo and relay swims between Anacapa Island and the California mainland are governed by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) that supports and sanctions open water swims to, from, and between 7 of the 8 Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California, USA.

Lynn Kubasek, a nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, became the first person to swim from Santa Cruz Island to Anacapa Island in a time of over 5 hours on 31 August 2013.

[edit] Julian Rusinek Scholarship

The Julian Rusinek Scholarship, funded by American open water swimmer Julian Rusinek, helps underwrite the costs of channel swim attempts by deserving American marathon swimmers across and between the San Miguel Island, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island, San Nicolas Island, Santa Barbara Island, and San Clemente Island.

[edit] Anacapa Island Swims

12.4 miles (10.8 nm) to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard. Cindy Cleveland pioneered this swim in 1978 in a 12 hour 48 minute double-crossing - a record that still stands.

[edit] Successful Crossings

Since Cleveland's two-way crossing, there have been 43 solo crossings to date (October 2013), including a double crossing by Paul Lewis. The one-way record is held by Jim McConica in 4 hours 38 minutes set in 2012.

[edit] Relay Crossings

There have been 3 successful relays, all crossing in 7 hours 15 minutes on 14 October 2012:

[edit] Inter-Island Crossing

Scott Zornig did the first 5.6-mile swim from Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island in 2007 in 2 hours 18 minutes.

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