Team Nadadores Locos complete 6 Person Farallon Channel Relay

Nadadores LocosOn July 31, 2015, six members of the Nadadores Locos Swim Club, based in San Francisco, completed a double-crossing of the Gulf of the Farallons (a.k.a. The Farallon Channel).

Starting just before midnight on July 30, team “Locos” swam from east of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Northeast buoy in Fisherman’s Bay on Southeast Farallon Island and back to the Golden Gate Bridge, covering 59.4 miles (straight line distance) in 34 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. The team rotated swimmers at 60-minute intervals until the swim was completed.

Independent Observer 1: Scott Tapley
Independent Observer 2: Kimberly Rutherford
Boat & Captain(s) & Navigation: Hyperfish, SF Boat Support – Brent McLain, Marino Cacciotti
Crew Chief: Joe Butler
Crew: Glenn Greene (Crew & First Aid)
Tide Prediction and Planning: Les Mangold
Swimmers and swim rotation order:
1. Amy Appelhans Gubser
2. Kirk McKinney
3. Les Mangold
4. John Sims
5. Jeff Everett
6. Andrew McLaughlin

Nadadores Locos Farallon Relay2015 Observer Report FINAL

Team Round Trip attempt on April 25

On April 25th  2015, Kim Chambers, Patti Bauernfeind, Simon Dominguez, Ashley Horne, Emily Kreger, and David Holscher swam in the worst conditions to the Farallon Islands yet. Escort swimmers were Kate Webber and Vito Bialla. Water Temp was 51.5 , wind 20 plus and waves to 8 feet. Total time was 14:10:13. The attempt to do a round trip relay was aborted due to weather and safety. Swimmers are not able to board a boat at night in conditions like these.

Joe Locke completes swim from Farallones to Golden Gate, July 12 2014

Joe Locke

Joe Locke

Joe Locke has successfully completed the swim from the Farallones to the Golden Gate Bridge.

On July 12, 2014, Joe swam from South Farallon Islands to the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is a straight-line distance of 29.7 statute miles. The official time is 13 hours, 58 minutes, 28 seconds – which is about 40 minutes faster than Ted Erikson’s record from 1967.

The swim was conducted according to standard “Channel Rules,” which means no artificial assistance of any kind, apart from a traditional swimsuit, cap, goggles, and grease.

Read about his accomplishment below:

Swimmer reaches Golden Gate from Farallones  (SF Gate)

Marathon Swimmer Joe Locke Completes the Farallon Crossing to the Golden Gate (

Observer report by Evan Morrison (

Craig Lenning completes 26-mile swim from Farallon Islands to Muir Beach, April 8, 2014

Craig Lenning

Craig Lenning

Read about his accomplishment below:

Observer Report (Marathon Swimmers Federation)

Man swims from Farallon Islands to Muir Beach (ABC 7 North Bay News, April 9, 2014)

Evans, Erikson And Lenning – Three With The Right Stuff (Open Water Swimming)

Craig Lenning Has The Right Stuff After 47 Years (Open Water Swimming)

Gotta Good Feeling About The Farallons (Open Water Swimming)

Big Day Out On The Ocean (Atlantic Division) (Open Water Swimming)

Big Day Out On The Ocean (Pacific Division) (Open Water Swimming)

4.4 nm To Go For Craig Lenning (Open Water Swimming)

So Far, So Good For Craig Lenning (Open Water Swimming)

Craig Lenning’s 15 Hours 46 Minutes Ends 47-Year Hiatus (Open Water Swimming)

When Technology Meets Channel Swimming (Open Water Swimming)