BENEFITING: Pacific Marine Mammal Center
EVENT DATE: Aug 01, 2014
SWIM FOR THE SEALS: A RELAY TO BENEFIT PACIFIC MARINE MAMMAL CENTER
On August 1st the "Laguna Six" open water marathon swimmers will be battling 3-4 foot seas and jellyfish stings in total darkness to be the first to swim from Catalina Island to Laguna Beach and complete the longest single crossing ever.
The team consists of Scott Zorning, Cherie Edborg, Tamie Stewart, Julian Rusinek, Tanya Maclean, and Lynn Kubasek. All highly experienced open water swimmers this group collectively has logged 9 solo channel swims and over two dozen successful channel relays. The group regularly swims out of Oak Street approximately one mile south of Laguna main beach.
This unprecedented 34 mile swim will take 18 hours to complete. "From our "American Flag" swim suits to our Veterans tribute, we will be swimming up to Laguna Main beach at 5:00 pm July 4th just in time to relax and enjoy the fireworks display shortly after!" says Julian Rusinek, Team Captain.
The "Laguna Six" swim team will be leaving the docks in San Pedro on the support vessel "Outrider" at 8:00 pm on August 1st along with their safety kayaker Julie Flanagan. Two official observers from the Catalina Channel Swim Federation will be with the team at all times to make sure that the official channel rules will be followed. At 10:00 pm they will start the swim from Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island. Each swimmer will swim 1 hour then hand off to the next member. This will go on for the next 18 hours until they hit land on the California Coast.
"We are hoping for good conditions, however this is one of the most unpredictable channels on the West coast. Previous attempts have been aborted do to massive wind waves, daunting currents, and thick fog. The channel is known for jellyfish blooms that surface by the thousands and can easily abort our attempt", says Scott Zorning.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach is the main beneficiary for this event. 100% of all the donations will go directly to Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Your donation is tax deductible.