Santa Barbara Channel Islands
Andrieux is an escort boat pilot
with the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
. He is the captain of the Tuna Thumper
, a 42-foot dual-engine vessel moored out of Ventura Harbor in California, USA. Captain Bob and his first mate Mike Bewley
have an unusual piloting
streak in their Santa Barbara Channel
: he has never had a swimmer enter the water and not finish a swim.
The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) supports and sanctions open water swims to, from, and between 7 of the 8 Channel islands in the off the coast of Southern California, USA.
The 8th Channel island, Catalina Island, has a separate governing body, the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.