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Anacapa Island

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Channel swimmer Abigail Fairman and escort kayaker Alex Arévalo near Arch Rock by Anacapa Island on a record-setting Santa Barbara Channel in California
Amy Appelhans Gubser touching Anacapa Island after her 19.6 km crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel in California
Paige Kieding in a tandem swim with Vito Bialla across the Santa Barbara Channel completed in 7 hours 53 minutes on 1 October 2018
Santa Barbara Channel Islands

Anacapa Island is a small volcanic island located 19.6 km off the coast of Port Hueneme, Oxnard, 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. The island is composed of three islets: East, Middle and West Anacapa, collectively known as the Anacapas. The islets have precipitous cliffs, dropping off steeply into the sea. East and Middle Anacapa have fairly level areas at their tops, but West Anacapa is wider and reaches an altitude of 930 ft (283 m). Middle Island reaches an altitude of 325 ft (99 m) and East Island is 250 ft (76 m) at its highest point. All three islands total 699 acres (283 ha), or about 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2).

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. The official 2000 census population was 3 permanent residents (Ranger Station in the eastern part of East Island). East Island's most notable natural feature is Arch Rock, a 40-foot (12 m)-high natural bridge.

Channel 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.

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.

California Mainland to Anacapa Island Swimmers

1. 9 September 1978, Cindy Cleveland completed Leg #1 of two-way crossing from the mainland to Anacapa and back in 12 hours 48 minutes.
2. 14 August 2008, Paul Lewis completed Leg #1 of two-way crossing from the mainland to Anacapa and back.
3. 5 September 2009, Forrest Nelson completed an 8 hour 0 minute 57 second crossing.
4. 17 October 2013, John Chung completed an 8 hour 2 minute 59 second crossing.
5. 23 June 2017, Amy Appelhans Gubser completed an 6 hour 2 minute 59 second crossing.
6. 28 October 2017, Ken Mignosa completed an 9 hour 3 minute 58 second crossing.
7. 2 July 2018, Abigail Fairman completed an 5 hour 30 minute 49 second crossing.
8. 16 September 2018, Pearl Simonelli completed an 8 hour 20 minute 17 second crossing.
9. 17 September 2018, Michelle Squyer completed an 11 hour 53 minute 46 second crossing.
10. 20 September 2018, Jim McConica completed an 5 hour 5 minute 54 second crossing (6th Channel Crossing).
11. 31 March 2019, Caroline Block completed an 10 hour 4 minute crossing.
12. 10 July 2019, Prabhat Koli completed an 6 hour 22 minute crossing.
13. 22 July 2019, Abigail Bergman completed an 5 hour 58 minute crossing.
14. 4 August 2019, Denis Crean completed an 6 hour 20 minute crossing.
15. 1 July 2020, Henry Palmer (17) completed an 6 hour 33 minute crossing.
16. 1 July 2020, Joe Zemaitis completed an 6 hour 33 minute crossing.

Anacapa Island to California Mainland Swimmers

1. 9 September 1978, Cindy Cleveland completed Leg #2 of two-way crossing from the mainland to Anacapa and back in 12 hours 48 minutes.
2. 12 August 1982, Dave Yudovin completed a 8 hour 27 minute 14 second crossing.
3. 8/14/1990, Suzanne Riedinger completed a 8 hour 1 minute 0 crossing.
4. 10/10/2001, Scott Zornig completed a 5 hour 19 minute 25 crossing to Ventura.
5. 9/3/2007, Peter Urrea completed a 8 hour 15 minute 0 second crossing to Port Hueneme.
6. 9/29/2007, Kaustubh Vemuri completed a 7 hour 23 minute 0 second crossing to Oxnard ~ YOUNGEST MALE (10).
7. 9/28/2008, Jim McConica completed a 5 hour 25 minute 0 second crossing to Oxnard (first channel swim).
8. 7/11/2008, Claudia Rosa completed an 8 hour 34 minute 10 second crossing to Oxnard.
9. 7/26/2008, Nick Cain completed a 5 hour 3 minute 58 second crossing to Oxnard.
10. 8/14/2008, Paul Lewis completed a ROUNDTRIP crossing from Oxnard to Anacapa and back.
11. 8/16/2008, Maria Regina Matheu completed a 6 hour 28 minute 50 second crossing to Hollywood Beach.
12. 8/17/2008, Stanley Leventhal completed a 8 hour 43 minute 26 second crossing to Oxnard.
13. 10/8/2008, Emilio Casaneuva completed a 7 hour 45 minute 42 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach ~ OLDEST MALE (68).
14. 7/31/2009, Cara Silvas completed a 5 hour 31 minute 0 second crossing.
15. 8/13/2009, Jim Neitz completed an 8 hour 37 minute 0 second crossing to Oxnard (his first channel swim).
16. 8/7/2010, Dave Van Mouwerik completed a 7 hour 0 minute 11 second crossing to Oxnard.
17. 9/25/2010, Kim Rutherford completed an 8 hour 18 minute 39 second crossing to Oxnard.
18. 10/16/2010, Joni Young completed a 6 hour 36 minute 31 second crossing to Oxnard.
19. 5/6/2011, Jim Neitz completed a 10 hour 23 minute 32 second crossing from West Anacapa to Ventura (second channel swim).
20. 7/23/2011, Marcia Cleveland completed a 6 hour 0 minute 8 second crossing to Oxnard.
21. 7/23/2011, Chris Layton completed a 6 hour 0 minute 8 second crossing to Oxnard.
22. 8/21/2011, Lynn Kubasek completed a 7 hour 8 minute 10 second crossing to Oxnard.
23. 9/1/2011, Jim Neitz completed a crossing to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard (third channel swim).
24. 9/24/2011, Alan Morrison completed a 6 hour 59 minute 38 second crossing to Oxnard.
25. 8/18/2012, Mike Hird completed a 5 hour 48 minute 9 second crossing to Oxnard.
26. 8/18/2012, Walter Bean Scott completed a 5 hour 48 minute 9 second crossing to Oxnard.
27. 8/25/2012, Cherie Edborg completed an 8 hour 20 minute 32 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach.
28. 9/8/2012, Jim Neitz completed an 8 hour 58 minute 52 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach (twice in 2009, once in 2011+ once in 2012).
29. 9/9/2012, Nicholas Vargas completed a 4 hour 58 minute 11 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach.
30. 9/9/2012, [Zachary Jirkovsky]] completed a 5 hour 59 minute 24 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach.
31. 9/23/2012, John Chung completed a 7 hour 39 minute 28 second crossing (first channel swim).
32. 9/23/2012, Tom Ball completed a 7 hour 39 minute 28 second crossing to Oxnard (first channel swim).
33. 9/24/2012, Fiona Goh completed a 10 hour 10 minute 18 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard ~ YOUNGEST FEMALE (13).
34. 10/2/2012, Jim McConica completed a 4 hour 38 minute 7 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard ~ FASTEST MALE (second channel swim).
35. 10/3/2012, Jim McConica completed a 5 hour 23 minute 53 second crossing to Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard (third channel swim).
36. 9/13/2013, Tamie Stewart completed a 6 hour 51 minute 57 second crossing (with Jim McConica).
37. 9/13/2013, Jim McConica completed a 6 hour 51 minute 57 second crossing (with Tamie Stewart) (fourth channel swim).
38. 9/13/2013, Tom Ball completed a 6 hour 58 minute 57 second crossing (second channel swim).
39. 9/14/2013, Scott Tapley completed a 10 hour 53 minute 10 second crossing.
40. 9/19/2013, Theo Schmeeckle completed a 6 hour 42 minute 18 second crossing (with Stacey Warmuth).
41. 9/19/2013, Stacey Warmuth completed a 6 hour 42 minute 18 second crossing (with Theo Schmeeckle).
42. 9/24/2013, Jim Neitz completed a 7 hour 2 minute 40 second crossing (most swims).
43. 9/29/2013, Tanya MacLean completed an 11 hour 41 minute 0 second crossing.
44. 10/24/2013, Michelle Macy completed a 5 hour 29 minute 56 second crossing ~ FASTEST FEMALE.
45. 9/3/2014, Peter Hayden completed a 6 hour 59 minute 6 second crossing.
46. 9/6/2014, Julian Rusinek completed a 7 hour 36 minute 55 second crossing.
47. 9/9/2014, Carol Hayden completed a 9 hour 51 minute 8 second crossing ~ OLDEST FEMALE (64).
48. 9/13/2014, Penny Palfrey completed a 6 hour 30 minute 25 second crossing ~ MOST ISLANDS.
49. 9/14/2014, Helen Lin completed an 8 hour 30 minute 22 second crossing.
50. 9/20/2014, Bryant Lum completed a 6 hour 30 minute 44 second crossing.
51. 9/20/2014, Kelley Prebil completed a 10 hour 25 minute 48 second crossing.
52. 9/20/2014, Dave Tanner completed a 9 hour 36 minute 27 second crossing.
53. 10/19/2014, Anthony McCarley completed a 7 hour 48 minute 42 second crossing.
54. 6/11/2015, Samantha Allen completed a 6 hour 45 minute 41 second crossing [47th Anacapa swimmer].
55. 8/29/2015, [Sarah Green]] completed a 8 hour 7 minute 19 second crossing.
56. 9/12/2015, Michelle “Micki” Poole completed a 7 hour 2 minute 45 second crossing.
57. 9/19/2015, Alex Honor completed a 8 hour 52 minute 6 second crossing.
58. 10/3/2015, Robin Rose completed a 9 hour 39 minute 30 second crossing.
59. 9/17/2016, Rachel Horn completed for Special Olympics.
60. 9/24/2016, Peter Lofquist completed a 7 hour 14 minute 0 second crossing.
61. 9/17/2016, James Cherry completed a 7 hour 5 minute 0 second crossing.
62. 10/9/2016, Hank Wise completed a 4 hour 56 minute 54 second crossing.
63. 10/26/2016, Russ Parker completed a 10 hour 42 minute 0 second crossing.
64. 11/4/2016, Bob Burrow completed a 6 hour 50 minute 20 second crossing.
65. 10/26/2016, Tiffany McQueen completed a 10 hour 9 minute 40 second crossing.
66. 8/10/2017, Angel More completed a 7 hour 37 minute 43 second crossing.
67. 8/20/17, Ryan Utsumi completed a 5 hour 29 minute 19 second crossing.
68. 9/16/2017, Steven Dalke completed a 7 hour 7 minute 12 second crossing.
69. 9/18/2017, Alice Ma completed an 11 hour 9 minute 48 second crossing.
70. 9/23/2017, Karina Garcia completed a 5 hour 28 minute 34 second crossing.
71. 10/14/2017, Linda Simons completed a 6 hour 9 minute 54 second crossing.
72. 11/12/2017, Kim Hedges completed a 9 hour 50 minute 11 second crossing.
73. 8/7/2018, David Rich completed a 7 hour 53 minute 29 second crossing.
74. 9/14/2018, Carly Miller completed a 7 hour 19 minute 19 second crossing.
75. 9/16/2018, Erika Gliebe completed a 7 hour 56 minute 6 second crossing.
76. 9/24/2018, Susan Petro completed a 15 hour 53 minute 30 second crossing.
77. 9/29/2018, Luca Pozzi completed a 5 hour 48 minute 55 second crossing.
78. 10/1/2018, Mina Rhoden completed a 13 hour 3 minute 51 second crossing [1st African American].
79. 10/1/2018, Barbara Lastelic completed a 7 hour 38 minute 43 second crossing.
80. 3/31/2019, Caroline Block completed a 10 hour 4 minute crossing.
81. 8/04/2019, Scott Kaloust completed a 8 hour 18 minute crossing.
82. 8/25/2019, David Sundius completed a 7 hour 40 minute crossing.
83. 9/06/2019, Georgia Wells completed a 6 hour 59 minute crossing.
84. 9/09/2019, Kris Berglund completed a 8 hour 49 minute crossing.
85. 9/17/2019, Tesla Profumo completed a 6 hour 14 minute crossing.
86. 9/19/2019, Cynthia Hertzer completed a 6 hour 31 minute crossing.
87. 9/28/2019, Rodger Delehanty completed a 10 hour 38 minute crossing.
88. 10/03/2019, John Horst completed a 9 hour 41 minute crossing.
89. 10/09/2019, Paige Kieding completed a 7 hour 1 minute crossing.

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.

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.

Relay Crossings

There have been 3 successful relays, all crossing in 7 hours 15 minutes on 14 October 2012:

Inter-Island Crossing

Scott Zornig did the first 5.6-mile swim from Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island in 2007 in 2 hours 18 minutes.

Circumnavigation

Peter Hayden completed the first circumnavigation of Anacapa Island on 3 September 2014 in 5 hours 41 minutes.

Peter Hayden's Circumnavigation Around Anacapa Island

Carol Hayden's Anacapa Channel Swim

Anacapa Island Crossing

Anacapa Island Circumnavigation


Counterclockwise circumnavigation swim around Anacapa Island off the California coast by swimmers Ned Denison, Liz Fry, and Fionnuala Walsh, escorted by Ben Pitterle, fed by Barbara Flanagan, and observed by Theo Schmeeckle and Lynn Kubasek

SBCSA Board of Directors

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