Courtesy of Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Anacapa Island, California.

Dr. Caroline Block is one of most renowned channel swimmers on the planet in contemporary times.

After a few valiant attempts to become the first person in history to complete an unprecedented two-way crossing of the North Channel, Dr. Block tied International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Alison Streeter as the reigning co-queens of the North Channel.

Dr. Block also became the Queen of the California Channel Islands this week with her 10 hour 4 minute crossing from Oxnard on the California mainland to Anacapa Island. Evan Morrison of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association reported, “Caroline is the first to complete swims to and from three of the northern Channel Islands: Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Anacapa. [Her crossing] was also the coldest Santa Barbara Channel swim on record at 55-56°F (or 13°C).

Caroline’s swim was piloted by Captains Dawn Brooks and Alicia Stratton, supported by dory-man Dave Valenzuela, Pádraig Mallon and Milo McCourt of Infinity Channel Swimming, and observed by Jane Cairns and Evan Morrison.”

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