Ok I did it! My swim was short, but sweet. Here is a link to my video on YouTube.
Before I go on, I want to thank my crew: Lynn, Cherie, Travis, Dawn, Captain Derek, and coordinator Sheri.
I could not have swam without those people.
Ok here’s the story…it’s 11:45 pm on Monday August 31st. I am with Travis and we pick up Lynn and Cherie and roll up to Oxnard harbor. The boat leaves at 3:30 am to get me to the island by 6:30am. I am in water at 6:38 am. I had a great start and soon got a little gnarls, but I charge ahead. I didn’t see anything except kelp and typical southern CA fish, but not many. The water was not that clear. It was feed time and I didn’t drink much and just wanted to keep going. It got a little gnarlier, that’s fine. Dawn my kayaker was like “that’s Sutil Rock, you’re doing great!” Yesss!
We keep going and I run into a weird kelpy thing that kinda threw me off for a second. I then wanted chocolate, so I got some chocolate and asked how my progress was going. They said awesome! I said “lets roll”…I charged on. I skipped a feed and just kept going. We rounded the point and I saw the dock. OMG this is it! It’s so short, but so awesome. The damn current wouldn’t let me get there lol. I asked my boat crew if anyone was getting in. Blank stares…maybe they didn’t hear me. I kept creeping up to the short dock. Wow, history! I got closer and closer and victory was in my head.
I finally touched and didn’t know how far or how much I needed to touch. Ive never done a touch start or finish before. I crept up to the cliff and slid down scraping my left thigh. Ouch. Ok I guess I was done lol! Out of nowhere Travis comes swimming over. I was incredibly grateful of his presence. A true supporter, no doubt. I was so stoked to be done and so happy. That was the best short swim I have ever done. Thank you.