Her 17 hour 49 minute crossing across the 25-mile big water is not for the unprepared.
Monterey Bay [see live cam view here] is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a federally protected marine area offshore of California’s central coast. This well-researched open body of water is home to a rich variety of fishes, plants, marine mammals and birds that enjoy its chilly waters.
Among the 12 attempts by 7 swimmers, only women have been successful given the cold water, stiff winds, strong currents, and omnipresent jellies. The 49-year-old added her name to the list of successful women: Cindy Cleveland (15 hours 21 minutes in 1980), Patti Bauernfeind (13 hours 0 minutes in 2014), and Kimberly Rutherford (22 hours 6 minutes in 2014).
Appelhans Gubser is shown with Rutherford and Bauernfeind on left.
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