Orca Alcatraz Swim

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By Gary Emich

OK all you Alcatraz Challengers.  We’re coming down to the wire for the Memorial Day Alcatraz Challenge Swim. The weather report calls for a beautifully sunny weekend with air temperatures in the mid-60’s on Monday. The currents on race day will be moderate so you can rest assured you’ll end up at the finish line.

Alcatraz Challenge Swim

All in all, it’s shaping up to be a great weekend.  And here’s what we’re also going to do to ensure you have a wonderful experience.  If you time your Saturday race packet pick-up right you can attend one of the two detailed Alcatraz Swim training talks that will be given at Sports Basement in the Presidio.  There’s one at 3 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.  These talks are great opportunities to learn in detail about the currents and tides, landmarks and sighting and what specifically to expect on race day. 

On Sunday morning, I join swim director Dan Needham for a test swim of the course to make sure that we pick the absolute best route for you to follow on Monday.  And then I’ll share the results of that test swim with you on race morning. Orientations will be presented in front of the Hornblower Yacht at Pier 3 at 6:15 a.m. and again at 7:15 a.m.  Make sure not to miss this latest information on course conditions.

As I always point out, the most difficult part of swimming from Alcatraz is dealing with all the stuff swirling around in your heads between now and the time you jump in the water.  Once you leap off the boat and start your epic swim from Alcatraz back to shore you’re going to have the time of your life.  See you this weekend!

Gary Emich is a self-proclaimed Aquapreneur and founder of Lane Lines to Shore Lines. Gary has completed over 900 Alcatraz crossings without a wetsuit.

1 response to “Orca Alcatraz Swim ”

  1. JJ Jenkins Says:
    Hi Gary - I'm doing this for the first time in a few weeks. I'm curious about the currents, and would love to talk to someone like yourself with some experience. How much more difficult does the current make it?

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