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Greg Elliot

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Captain Greg Elliot playing his bagpipes on the Bottom Scratcher as Steven Minaglia nears the shores at the end of his Catalina Channel crossing
Just Keep Swimming piloted by Greg Elliot

Greg Elliot is a Professional Navigator and escort pilot for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation. He has escorted dozens of successful channel swimmers between Santa Catalina Island and the Southern California coast on his escort boat, the Bottom Scratcher and remains active with the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation community. He is known for playing his bagpipes as his channel swimmers are nearing land.

He escorted The Deep Enders on their unprecedented relay from San Nicolas Island to the California mainland in October 2015 over 33 hours 37 minutes.

Ventura Deep Enders from San Nicholas Island to San Pedro


Courtesy of Lynn Kubasek of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
The Deep Enders relay swam from San Nicolas Island to San Pedro, California on 12-13 October 2015 on an unprecedented 112.8 km crossing of 33 hours 37 minutes 26 seconds. Coached by Theo Schmeeckle, the team comprised of Zach Jirkovsky, Jim McConica, John Chung, Stacey Warmuth, Tom Ball and Tamie Stewart. Escort kayakers and support crew included Allen Ball, Jill Ball, Bob Howell, Patty Howell, Pam Jirkowsky and Carol Lacy. The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association observers were Lynn Kubasek and Jax Cole. The swim was guided by Bottom Scratcher with captain Greg Elliot, Craig and Danny.

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