Santa Cruz Island

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Santa Barbara Channel Islands
Santa Cruz Island is part of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. It is either 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 on the California coast.

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[edit] Marathon Swims

The Oxnard route was first conquered by David Yudovin in 1983 (15:15), and the record is held by Jim McConica (8:59 in 2013). The Santa Barbara route was first conquered by Ashby Harper in 1984 (16:24). In total, there have been 11 successful crossings from Santa Cruz.

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.

The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) supports and sanctions open water swims to, from, and around seven of the eight Channel Islands.

[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] Successful Channel Swimmers

The following swimmers have successfully crossed from Santa Cruz Island to the California mainland:

1. 8/16/1983 David Yudovin (USA), Santa Cruz Island to California Mainland, 15:15:30
2. 8/18/1984 Ashby Harper (USA), Santa Cruz Island to California Mainland, 16:24:00
3. 9/7/2006 Paul Lewis (England), Cueva Valdez to Leadbetter Beach, 13:16:30
4. 10/4/2006 Ned Denison (Ireland), San Pedro Point to Hollywood Beach, 10:27:06
5. 7/7/2007 Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA) Santa Cruz Island to East Beach, 10:51:00
6. 8/14/2007 Kathleen Wilson (USA) Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard, 11:43:00
7. 9/23/2007 Kevin Murphy (England) Santa Cruz Island to Leadbetter Beach, 17:31:00
8. 7/15/2011 Tina Neill (USA) San Pedro Point to Silver Stand Beach, 10:33:09
9. 9/15/2012 Evan Morrison (USA) San Pedro Point to Hollywood Beach, 9:47:39
10. 7/26/2013 Regina Matheu (Guatemala) San Pedro Point to Silver Stand Beach, 11:40:44
11. 9/20/2013 Jim McConica (USA) Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard, 8:59:58

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