Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association

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The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) is a channel swimming governing body that supports, observes, and sanctions open water swims in the Channel Islands region of Southern California. The SBCSA governs swims to, from, around, and between Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island, San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara Island, San Clemente Island, and San Nicolas Island. Swims to, from, and around Catalina Island are governed by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association was founded by Emilio Casanueva and was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award.

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[edit] History

George Young famously completed the first Catalina Channel swim in January 1927. However, the first known swim attempt in the Channel Islands was actually in the Santa Barbara Channel. In August 1926, Zane Steenrod attempted to swim from Santa Cruz Island to Santa Barbara, but was pulled from the water after five hours.

The first successful Santa Barbara Channel swim was accomplished by Cindy Cleveland, who swam from Oxnard to Anacapa Island and back in August 1978.

[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] Islands

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The four islands closest to Santa Barbara County and northern Ventura County include, from west to east: San Miguel Island, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Anacapa Island.

[edit] San Miguel Island

25.9 miles (22.5 nm or 41.6 km) to Point Conception. This swim has been conquered only once, by Penny Palfrey in 2008 (11:29).

[edit] Santa Rosa Island

27.5 miles (23.9 nm or 44.2 km) to Coal Oil Point, Goleta. This swim has been conquered only once, by Marc Lewis in 2008 (15:46).

[edit] Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz, the largest of the Channel Islands, has two potential swim routes: 19 miles (30.5 km) from San Pedro Point to Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard, or 23.5 miles (37.8 km) from Fry's Harbor to Leadbetter Point in Santa Barbara. The Santa Cruz Channel Oxnard route was first conquered by David Yudovin in 1983 (15:15), and the record is held by Evan Morrison (9:47 in 2012). The Santa Barbara route was first conquered by Ashby Harper in 1984 (16:24), and the record is held by Rendy Lynn Opdycke (10:51 in 2007). In total, there have been nine successful swim across the Santa Cruz Channel.

[edit] Anacapa Island

12.4 miles (10.8 nm or 19.9 km) 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. In total there have been 36 solo crossings by 31 individuals. The one-way record is held by Jim McConica (4:38 in 2012).

[edit] Inter-Island Crossings

There have been four inter-island crossings to date. Scott Zornig did the first, a 5.6-mile swim from Anacapa to Santa Cruz in 2007 (2:18). In 2008, Penny Palfrey and Chris Palfrey swam 6 miles from Santa Rosa Island to Santa Cruz (2:30 and 2:52, respectively). In 2012, Santosh Patil completed an Anacapa to Santa Cruz crossing in a new time record of 2:13.

[edit] Southern Islands

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The four islands closest to southern Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County include, from west to east: San Nicolas Island, Santa Barbara Island, San Clemente Island, and Santa Catalina Island.

[edit] San Nicolas Island

61.2 miles (53.2 nm or 98.4 km) to Laguna Point, or 69.3 miles (111.5 km) to Point Vicente. This swim has never been attempted.

[edit] Santa Barbara Island

37.7 miles (32.8 nm or 60.6 km) to Point Dume, or 40 miles (64.3 km) to Point Vicente. Penny Palfrey pioneered this swim in 2009, finishing at Point Vicente in 17 hours, 53 minutes.

[edit] San Clemente Island

52 miles around the west end of Catalina Island, or 54.4 miles around the east end of Catalina. Two six-person relays have successfully completed this swim. In 2012, Tina Neill became the first and only solo swimmer to finish, in 28 hours, 42 minutes.

[edit] Santa Catalina Island

Swims to, from, and around Catalina are governed by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

[edit] Inter-Island Crossings

No swimmer has successfully completed an inter-island crossing among the southern four islands.

[edit] SoCal Eight Challenge

Southern California Eight

[edit] San Miguel to Santa Rosa

[edit] Aged Chum and Live BaitVideo

[edit] WOWSA Awards

The SBCSA was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award.

[edit] External links

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