Courtesy of Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Channel Islands, California.

Starting on September 26th, Dan Simonelli completed an unprecedented Santa Barbara Island Hopper Swim.

He started his stage swim with a 5.8 km crossing from San Miguel Island to Santa Rosa Island in 2 hours 30 minutes, then he swam a 9.7 km leg from Santa Rosa Island to Santa Cruz Island in 4 hours 5 minutes 30 seconds, then he finished a 9 km inter-island swim from Santa Cruz Island to Anacapa Island in 2 hours 15 minutes 9 seconds as September 27th rolled in.

Simonelli and the others will be honored at the annual Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association banquet tonight in San Pedro, California.

We will celebrate this year’s Santa Barbara Channel swims – or more precisely, any swim to, from, between, or around any of the 8 California Channel Islands, excluding swims between Catalina Island and the mainland, and swims around Catalina Island,” says Evan Morrison.

13 solo channel swims and 4 relays were sanctioned during the 2017 season with 13 successes including Selkie & the Sirens, a 54-mile relay circumnavigation of Santa Cruz Island that took the team 39 hours 58 minutes (Louise Darlington is shown above with Michelle Premeaux McConica, Claudia Rose, Carol-lynn Swol, Diana Corbin and Jeannie Zappe).

Successful solo swimmers included the following:

* Amy Appelhans Gubser (June 23rd), 6 hours 2 minutes from mainland to Anacapa Island (record swim from mainland to Anacapa)
* Angel More (August 10th), 7 hours 37 minutes 43 seconds from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Ryan Utsumi (August 21st), 5 hours 29 minutes 19 seconds from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Steven Dalke (September 16th), 7 hours 7 minutes 12 seconds from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Alice Ma (September 18th), 11 hours 9 minutes 48 seconds from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Karina Garcia (September 23rd), 5 hours 28 minutes 34 seconds from Anacapa Island to mainland (female record swim from Anacapa to mainland)
* Dan Simonelli (September 26th), 2 hours 30 minutes from San Miguel Island to Santa Rosa Island
* Dan Simonelli (September 26th), 4 hours 5 minutes 30 seconds from Santa Rosa Island to Santa Cruz Island
* Dan Simonelli (September 27th), 2 hours 15 minutes 9 seconds from Santa Cruz Island to Anacapa Island (record swim from Santa Cruz to Anacapa)
* Linda Simons (October 14th), 6 hours 9 minutes 54 seconds from Anacapa Island to mainland
* Ken Mignosa (October 28th), 9 hours 3 minutes 58 seconds from mainland to Anacapa Island

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