From OpenwaterpediaClaudia Rose is an American adventure swimmer and extreme swimmer from San Diego, California who specializes in cold-water swims. She founded the Sitka Sound Adventure Swim in Sitka Sound, Alaska and was the first person to swim across the Sitka Sound in 2009. Rose was also the first person to traverse from Kruzof Island to Halibut Point in 54˚F (12.2˚C) waters and a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation. She has completed two of the Southern California Eight and will participate in the Cape Circumnavigation Challenge marathon swim around Cape May, New Jersey.
"I am much more interested in things people have not done" is her motto.
Marathon Swimming Career
- Catalina Channel solo crossing, California #128 (20.2 miles) August 2006
- Trans Tahoe Relay as solo swimmer, California (11 miles) July 2007
- Anancapa to Oxnard crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel, California (12.4 miles), 3rd woman 8th recorded person July 2008
- Sitka Sound First recorded human crossing, Alaska (8 miles) August 2009
- Buzzard's Bay First known traditional (channel rules) crossing, Massachusetts (9 miles) September 2010
Open Water Swimming Races
- Pennock Island Challenge 8.2 mile, Alaska (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- Semana Nautica 6 mile, Santa Barbara, California (2009, 2010, 2011)
- Sitka Sound Adventure Swim, Sitka Sound, Alaska (2010, 2011)
- Tour of Buoys, La Jolla, California ((2006, 2007, 2008)
- Ed Gaw Memorial Open Water Challenge, Amelia Island, Florida (2011)
- Cape Circumnavigation Challenge, Cape May, New Jersey (2013)
Sitka Sound Adventure Swim Details
A solo or relay 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) adventure swim in Sitka Sound with a water temperature range in the mid 50’s. The race will start at the Halibut Point Recreation Area (South Beach) and there will be at buoy at the the 3.1 (5K) mile mark (at the Sitka Sportsman's Club/No Name Creek area). The 10K course returns to the start area. Maximum time allowed on the course is 4 hours.
The event is open to swimmers 18 years old and older. The age of the swimmer will be determined by the age of the swimmer on race date.
Official Relay Team will consist of 2 or 4 individuals, or a swimmer may enter as an individual.
Teams can be entered as wither all Male, all Female, or mixed. Mixed teams will be made up of any combination of men and women.
In the relay swims, each swimmer’s first leg is 30 minutes. Succeeding legs are 15 minutes per person. The duration of the final leg can be adjusted at the discretion of the team captain, if more than 15 minutes long. If a person cannot finish his or her leg, the boat is allowed to keep its motor on only to keep present position for the duration of that swimmer’s portion. If the next swimmer enters the water before the proper time, the team will be disqualified.
An Escort kayaker is required for solo swimmers and relays to enhance safety and navigation. Swimmers must swim on either the left or the right side of the kayak. No drafting is allowed. Drafting is defined as “the carrying of a swimmer by the wake of the escort boat, or another swimmer.” If any team engages in drafting, and a complaint by another team is lodged and upheld, the drafting team will be disqualified.
Bering Strait Swim
Rose was a member of the successful, unprecedented, 5-day Bering Strait Swim relay, a 53-mile (86 km) relay crossing from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, USA.
2013 Bering Strait Swim Relay Members
1. Yuri Tsiganchuk, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
2. Yuri Myagkikh, Russia
3. Vladimir Chegorin, Russia
4. Maria Chizhova, Novosibirsk, Russia
5. Elena Guseva, Russia
6. Kieron Palframan, Cape Town, South Africa
7. Ram Barkai, Cape Town, South Africa
8. Jack Bright, UK
9. Vladimir Litvinov, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
10. Oksana Veklich, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
11. Aleksandr Jakovlev, Jelgava, Latvia
12. Matías Ola, Buenos Aires /Tucuman Argentina
13. Henri Kaarma, Tallinn, Estonia
14. Toomas Haggi, Tallinn, Estonia
15. Nuala Moore, Ireland
16. Anne Marie Ward, Donegal, Ireland
17. Claudia Rose, San Diego, USA
18. Toks Viviers, Cape Town, South Africa
19. Melissa O’Reilly (‘Mo’), Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
20. Ryan Stramrood, Cape Town, South Africa
21. Scott Lautman, Seattle, Washington, USA
22. Cristian Vergara, Santiago, Chile
23. Lelané Rossouw-Bancroft, Newark, Delaware, USA
24. Rafał Ziobro, Krakow, Poland
25. Andrew Chin, Cape Town, South Africa
26. Jackie Cobell, Tunbridge Wells, UK
27. Paul Duffield, West Kelowna, BC, Canada
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- International Relay Swim Across The Bering Strait Official Website
- Bering Strait Swim
- Bering Strait Swim - Ice Bering
- Sitka Sound Adventure Swim
- Claudia Rose on Alaska Swimming
- Claudia Rose, Adventure Swimmer
- America's Top 50 Open Water Swims
- Open Water Swimming
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation website
- Do Ice Swimmers Have Bigger Brains?
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- Bering Strait Swim Succeeds
- Claudia Rose Crosses Kachemak Bay With Orcas And Otters
- The Joy Of Research And Discovery In The Open Water