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Catalina Channel Swimming Federation

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Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, an Honour Organisation of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Tori Gorman crossing the Catalina Channel in 2015 to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
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Board members of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation at the induction ceremonies at the United Nations in June 2011 including John York, Linda Bamford, David Clark, Paula Selby, Carol Sing and Penny Dean with Dale Petranech. Photo by Skip Storch
A channel swimmer swimmer escorted by a pace swimmer and John Pittman and support crew aboard the Outrider in the Catalina Channel
Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, an organization of channel swimmers, observers and escort pilots
A body of water with all kinds of marine life
Channel crossings are often done at night

The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation (CCSF) is a channel swimming governing body that governs, supports, promotes and educates individuals about swimming across the 20.2-mile (32.5 km) Catalina Channel or 48 miles (77.2 km) around Catalina Island, and sanctions its escort pilots, observers, relays, and solo swimmers.

Honors

Board of Directors

First Ten Catalina Channel Successful Swimmers

A complete list of details of successful Catalina Channel solo swimmers is posted here. A complete list of details of successful Catalina Channel relays is posted here. Individual records are posted here. Relay records are posted here. Only two swimmers (Cindy Cleveland and Forrest Nelson) have completed the 48-mile (66.2 km) circumnavigation of Catalina Island. The first ten successful swimmers included the following individuals:

1. George Young, 1926, 15:44:40
2. Henry Sullivan, 1926, 22:45
4. Myrtle Huddleston, 1926, 20:42
4. Kyle Leonard, 1926, 15:11:48
5. Byron Summers, 1926, 14:45
6. Paul Chotteau, 1946, 44:50
6. King Benny Nawahi, 1946, 22:20
8. Ray Carmassi, 1952, 18:20
9. Jose Cortinas, 1952, 28:55
10. Florence Chadwick, 1952, 14:45:42

Fastest 25 Catalina Channel Crossings in History

1. 6:15:55 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, MC in September 1966
2. 6:26:25 by Grace van der Byl, USA, CM in October 2012
4. 6:46:41 by Pete Huisveld, USA, MC in August 1992
4. 6:41:14 by John York, USA, MC in September 1968 (first leg of a 2-way)
5. 6:44:06 by Karen Burton, USA, CM in October 1994
6. 6:55:06 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2018
6. 8:04:12 by Ceinwen Elizabeth Roberts, Australia, CM in September 2014
8. 8:05:44 by Todd Robinson, USA, CM in August 2009
9. 8:06:04 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2010
10. 8:06:46 by Hank Wise, USA, MC in June 2015
11. 8:11:14 by Miquel Suñer Comalat, Spain, CM in July 2012
12. 8:14:46 by Chad Hundeby, USA, CM in September 1994
14. 8:18:26 by Blair Cannon, USA, CM in August 2011
14. 8:19:40 by Danielle Rose Wahl, USA, CM in June 2014
15. 8:20:19 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in November 2016
16. 8:20:48 by Gemma Jensen, Australia, CM in August 2006
16. 8:26:24 by Jim McConica, USA, CM in October 1984
18. 8:28:21 by Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA, CM in August 2008
19. 8:41:20 by John York, USA, MC in October 1966
20. 8:42:49 by John York, USA, CM in October 2000
21. 8:44:18 by Andrea Karge, USA, CM in 2001
22. 8:45:44 by Anna Ray DeLozier, USA, CM in 2006
24. 8:45:44 by Derrick Wong, USA, CM in September 2011
24. 8:46.42 by Mallory Mead, USA, CM in August 2010
25. 8:42:56 by Heather Royer, USA, CM in 1998

2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

'The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Its nomination read:

"The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is much more than a governing body for individuals and relays crossing the 20.2-mile stretch of water in Southern California formally known as the San Pedro Channel. The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is a selfless community of passionate, like-minded individuals who love nothing more than doing, supporting and observing channel crossings. The community is comprised of individuals volunteering as kayakers, support crew, pace swimmers, observers and coaches who help realize the dreams of others. The collective sum of commitment provides the inspiration, leadership, knowledge and logistical support that swimmers far and wide relish and appreciate. For its essential role that provides the heavily utilized framework and foundation for successful and safe channel crossing, for its local volunteers who jump at the opportunity to help, for its structure as a governing body made of channel swimmers for channel swimmers, the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees

Videos

Oceans Seven, Catalina Channel


Lucas Rivet of Asociación Argentina Gestión y Desarrollo del Deporte, documents the Oceans Seven journey of Matías Ola when crossing the Catalina Channel.

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