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Semana Nautica Summer Sports Festival

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Semana Nautica in the ocean
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For more than half a century, Santa Barbara has celebrated the Semana Nautica Summer Sports Festival (Semana Nautica Ocean Swim) surrounding the 4th of July holiday. The festival originated in 1933 when the local populace challenged the crew of five U.S. Navy battleships, moored outside the harbor, to a series of contests along the beach. Dubbed Fleet Week, the resulting enthusiasm inspired the City Council to charter the event on a permanent basis the following year and change the name to Semana Nautica in honor of the town’s Spanish heritage. It is part of the Southern Pacific Masters Open Water Series held along the Southern California coast.

Distances[edit]

Type[edit]

Ocean

Location[edit]

City Goleta Beach, Santa Barbara

State/County/Province California

Country USA

Region Americas

Contact[edit]

Name Jane Cairns

Email janeswims@juno.com

Event Information[edit]

Month: July

Event Date: July 3, 2011

Website: Semana Nautica

2011 3-Mile Swim[edit]

Australians Max Halson (57:10) and Luane Rowe (1:03:31) took the top honors in the Semana Nautica 3-mile Swim. Halson was in a lead group of four swimmers, which included former champion Alex Kostich around the final buoy. Halson noted that the sport is very popular in his native Australia, "A lot of big-time swimmers are celebrities. My goal is to compete in open water swimming at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil."

Rowe is a seasoned swimmer, having won the Waikiki Roughwater Swim three consecutive years, been on three straight winning women’s relay teams at the Maui Channel Swim and has won Australian races like the Cole Classic and Macquarie Big Swim with plans to do the English Channel in 2011.

2011 3-Mile Swim[edit]

2009 6-Mile Swim[edit]

Jeff Ferrell Sportsman Award[edit]

The Jeff Ferrell Sportsman Award is part of the Semana Nautical Sports Festival that is given to those individuals who support and embody the spirit of Semana Nautica, usually through dedicated years of volunteerism, participation and/or support.

2019 SPMS Open Water Series Events[edit]

June 22nd: 50th Annual Seal Beach Rough Water Swim in Seal Beach
June 29th: Semana Nautica One Mile Open Water Swim in Santa Barbara
June 30th: Semana Nautica Three Mile Open Water Swim in Santa Barbara
July 13th: Newport Beach Pier to Pier Two Mile Open Water Swim in Newport Beach
August 3rd: Corona Del Mar Don Burns One Mile Open Water Swim in Corona del Mar
September 22nd: Mission Mile and Southwest Zone Open Water Championship in Mission Viejo
November 28th: Turkey Brine Pier Swim in Huntington Beach

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