Marc Horwitz

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Santa Barbara Channel Islands
Marc Horwitz is a member of Team Jessie consisting of Howard Burns, Charlie Christensen, Horwitz, Mike Kendall, Alan Baumgardner and Corey Tabor.

Team Jessie is a 6-person relay team that completed a crossing of the Anacapa Channel on 14 October 2012 in 7 hours 15 minutes. They swam together with 2 other relay teams: Team Coto consisting of Michael Trudeau, Tanya MacLean, Jeff Conrad, Ben Putman, Lynn Kubasek, Cherie Edborg and Team Augie consisting of Lisa Nordholm, John Stevens, Julian Rusinek, Morgan Empey, Vanessa Mesia and Mike Lane. All 3 teams were escorted by the boat New Blue Fin.


Anacapa Island

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. 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.

Catalina Channel

Horwitz was also part of the world record setting As Seen On TV that set the 20.2-mile Catalina Channel - Fastest Mixed (3 man and 3 women) 50-59 Catalina-to-Mainland Relay record in 9 hours 38 minutes together with Barbara Held, Julian Rusinek, Ray Meltvedt, Lynn Kubasek, and Roni Hibben on 1 July 2013. John Pittman on the Outrider was their escort boat pilot.

As Seen On TV

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.

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. Since then there have been 36 total solo crossings to date (October 2012), including a double crossing by Paul Lewis. There have been 3 successful relays by Team Jessie, Team Augie and Team Coto.

Team Tripod

Horwitz was also a member of Team Tripod, a group of 3 separate teams of 6 swimmers each that completed a joint crossing of the Catalina Channel in 13 hours 16 minutes. The 3 relays swam the exact same pace across the Catalina Channel. The teams started near midnight on Cabrillo Beach and swam out to Catalina Island with Carol Sing as the team leader.

The swimmers included Julian Rusinek, Lynn Kubasek, Carol Hayden, Karl Jacobs, Kenny Jacobs, Tanya MacLean, Patsee Ober, Marc Horwitz, Tom Cook, Dan Simonelli, Kelley Schall, Thomas Johnson, Steve Coopersmith, Natalie Kreitzinger, Marta Gaughen, Paula Selby, Yafa Minazad, and Kim Miller. The support crew included Grace van der Byl, Julie Flanagan, Kevin Eslinger, Forrest Nelson, and Neil van der Byl. The CCSF Observers included Carol Sing and John York.

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