Blair Cannon is an American pool and open water swimmer and a San Diego-based philanthropist and vice president of Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He is the 7th fastest Catalina Channel swimmer of all time with an 8 hour 18 minutecrossing in 2011.
His 20-mile crossing was labeled as the Cannon Catalina Challenge and raised US$10,000 per mile to benefit the annual fund of Monarch School, the San Diego-based school for children impacted by homelessness, and the Great Friends Foundation Scholarship Program for children of the military in San Diego.
"Blair is truly dedicated to this swim and his determination is a testament that, just like him, the children of Monarch School and the Great Friends Foundation can do anything if they work hard enough,” said his coach Anne Cleveland.
"The children at Monarch and those supported by the Great Friends Foundation face so many challenges,” explained Blair. "I wanted to do this because I know these kids have felt cold or hungry or scared before, yet they are going to school and working to improve their lives. They inspire me, and this is a chance for me to do the same for them. I want them to see that any goal is possible if you work hard enough."
California Coastal Swim
Cannon participated in the California Coastal Swim or the Nighttrain228, the Night Train Swimmers's world record setting non-stop ocean relay swim. The Night Train Swimmers completed a 228-mile (367 km) swim down the California coast from Gaviota State Park to the San Diego Yacht Club between 22-26 August 2013. Under the direction of captain Vito Bialla with crew Hal McCormick and Patrick Horn, Phil Cutti, David Holscher, Zach Jirkovsky, Luane Rowe, Blair Cannon, and Grace van der Byl, with Walter Bean Scott as the alternate swimmer, will rotate in one-hour swim legs.
Catalina Channel Crossing
- Blair Cannon on Twitter
- Blair Cannon LinkedIn bio
- Blair Cannon on television
- Q&A with Blair Cannon
- Blair Cannon Blasts A 8:18 For Kids
- Cannon Catalina Challenge
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
- Night Train Swimmers Announce World Record Relay Attempt
- Doing Good While Swimming With Sharks And Jellies
- Blue And White And Perhaps Red All Over
- The Night Train Going From Gaviota, Culminating In Coronado
- Marathon Swimming versus Marathon Running
- Swimming With Bait Balls
- Phil Cutti, Lead-off Man For Nighttrain228
- Prequel To Sequel
- Rough And Tough. No Guts, No Glory
- 8 And 2 Is 10-4, On The Pacific With Blair Cannon
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Night Train Swimmers Rocking Into Their Second Night
- Camaraderie On The High Seas
- Swimming With Seals, Afraid Of Apex
- Monday Monday, If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears
- When Man Is Mightier Than Machine
- Night Train Swimmers Do It In 100 Hours
- Great Job Daddy. Welcome Home
- Phil Cutti Finishes The Job After 100 Hours
- Luane Rowe Does Her Job Well, Quietly
- Zach Jirkovsky Is All Smiles After 100 Hours Of Swimming
- David Holscher Gets The Job Done Harmoniously
- Grace Van Der Byl Triumphantly Tired
- Night Train Swimmers Think Big
- Have A Ball With Cannon - Swim 24 Challenge
- Record-setting Relays Rock 'N Roll