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Monterey Bay

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Monterey Bay in northern California

Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, along the central coast of California on the west coast of the United States of America. The bay is south of San Francisco and San Jose, between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey.Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, along the central coast of California. The bay is south of San Francisco and San Jose, between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey.

The Monterey Bay Area, or sometimes just Bay Area, are local colloquialisms sometimes used to describe the whole of the coastal communities of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. The Monterey Bay Area is also part of the larger area known colloquially as the Central Coast.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

The governing organization for observing and ratifying swims in the Monterey Bay is the Monterey Bay Swimming Association. Monterey Bay has been the site of several solo open water swims:

  • Cindy Cleveland in 15 hours 21 minutes in September 1980, 24 miles from Cowell Beach to Lovers Beach
  • Patti Bauernfeind in 13 hours 0 minutes on 26 August 2014, 25 miles (40.3 km) from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach, her first success was preceded by three DNF's
  • Kim Rutherford in 22 hours 6 minutes on 6 September 2014, 25 miles from San Carlos Beach to SC Harbor
  • Amy Gubser in 17 hours 49 minutes 5 seconds on 23 September 2017, 25 miles from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach
  • John Zemaitis in 17 hours 32 minutes 51 seconds on 5 June 2019, 25 miles from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach at the age of 36
  • Catherine Breed in 12 hours 42 minutes 14 seconds (fastest solo, N>S, Two Harbors Route) on 22 September 2020 from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach at the age of 27
  • Joe Zemaitis in 13 hours 29 minutes 55 seconds on 5 October 2020, 25 miles from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach at the age of 40
  • Sarah Roberts in 16 hours 17 minutes 42 seconds on 9 July 2021, 25 miles from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach at the age of 37
  • Brad Schindler 15 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds on 30 August 2021, 25 miles from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach
  • Sarah Thomas in 15 hours 39 minutes 42 seconds on 21 September 2021, 25 miles from SC Harbor to San Carlos Beach
  • 2010: Bruckner Chase completed a 25-mile adventure swim (with a wetsuit).
  • 2012: Night Train Swimmers crossed the bay on its way during the SF to SB Relay.

Monterey Bay Swim[edit]

2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year[edit]

Patti Bauernfeind's crossing of Monterey Bay is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

"Three times was no charm for Patti Bauernfeind across the 28-mile (45 km) Monterey Bay. For 34 years, no one had replicated Cindy Cleveland’s once-in-a-generation non-wetsuit, non-protective gear swim across Monterey Bay. Bauernfeind, an accomplished channel swimmer in other venues around the world, tried and tried again and again. It was not the cold, the currents or the distance that defeated her. It was the swarms of jellyfish that she encountered and the venom that she endured which was too much for her. Failure to reach the other shore seemed to be her only option. But on her fourth attempt after innumerable false starts under the guidance of Joel Wilson and her tireless crew, lathered up with Safe Sea jellyfish lotion, the 47-year-old finally swam from shore-to-shore in the northern California waters after 13 painful hours. For her never-give-up mindset and dedication over the years to see her goal to fruition, for her willingness to raise money and awareness for Trust in Education, for her successful battle against the elements, Patti Bauernfeind’s crossing of the Monterey Bay is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."

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